Accelerating Entrepreneurship

AI Accelerator

Welcome to the University of Edinburgh’s AI Accelerator!

The AI Accelerator nurtures AI-driven scaleups supporting them to bring about transformative change. From AgriTech to FinTech, AI technology can bring efficiencies, create new propositions and disrupt markets. It can help save lives and the planet.

AI-focused entrepreneurs and businesses scaling up from across the UK and the world can apply to take part in this 6-month Accelerator to benefit from the expertise and talent on offer in Edinburgh. You do not need to be linked to the University of Edinburgh or based in the UK, but you will of course have an interest in engaging with the AI and data ecosystem in Scotland. The AI Accelerator programme is focused around 3 key themes:

  • AI for climate change
  • AI for health
  • AI for good

Applications are now closed, please make sure to register your interest here for future activities.

The programme is delivered by The University of Edinburgh's world-leading innovation hub for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, the Bayes Centre, and supported by Edinburgh Innovations, the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service. It is delivered on behalf of the University’s Data-Driven Innovation Hubs, in contribution to the Data-Driven Entrepreneurship programme.


Watch our AI Accelerator programme manager, Katy Guthrie, answer 3 key questions about the programme

  • What are the benefits of the programme? [0:09]
  • What is the structure of the programme? [1:02]
  • How to be a a succesful applicant? [1:24]


Video: Katy AI Accelerator Video
AI Accelerator Video


The sales and negotiation training and mentoring we received through the AI Accelerator have been transformational – it has opened up conversations with new contacts and been instrumental in us winning bigger contracts.

Rachel Curtis, CEO, Inicio.AI, Previous AI Acclerator participant



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View current and past AI Accelerator Cohorts.


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More information on how to and who can apply and upcoming application dates.

Key Themes

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Learn more about the key themes which the accelerator companies must focus on.

Success Stories

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Read about the success from previous cohort companies.