Element AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup factory, was launched today in Montréal. Founded by Jean-François Gagné, Yoshua Bengio, Nicolas Chapados and Jean-Sébastien Cournoyer, a partner at Canadian venture capital firm Real Ventures, Element AI will create and incubate advanced AI solutions in partnership with large corporations and research institutions. Cournoyer said Real Ventures believes strongly “in the promise of Element AI,” which has the potential “to level the playing field in AI” and support partners “with the ability to succeed in their respective markets.”
Machine Learning Veterans Launch ‘Element AI’ – A Montreal Based Artificial Intelligence Startup Factory
Element AI to partner with world-class entrepreneurs, leading Montreal researchers and large corporations to develop new technologies resulting in custom solutions and new companies
MONTREAL, Oct. 25, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – Element AI, an artificial intelligence startup factory, launched today in Montreal. Element AI is founded by serial entrepreneurs Jean-François Gagné and Nicolas Chapados, along with Yoshua Bengio, a co-father of Deep Learning technology. The company will enable world-class entrepreneurs to tackle hard problems by building products that solve their artificial intelligence needs. Element AI brings together cutting edge researchers and industry leaders looking to assist in implementing an “AI-First” strategy and introduces the possibility for any organization to develop their own artificial intelligence strategy.
“There’s a war for talent going on and most companies are being out-gunned by the tech giants leaving traditional organizations defenseless,” said Element AI Co-Founder and CEO Jean-Francois Gagne. Jean Francois continued, “Our mission is to bring entrepreneurs and academics together and help them incubate advanced AI-First solutions.”
The founding team includes:
Jean-Francois Gagne – a serial entrepreneur who founded and successfully exited two companies in AI and Operations Research. After his last acquisition, he became CPO of the world’s largest supply-chain management software cie, where he oversaw 100+ products and 1400 employees in over 20 countries
Yoshua Bengio – holds a PhD in Computer Science from McGill University and did postdoc studies at M.I.T. and AT&T Bell Labs. He is the author of two books and more than 300 publications and is one of the three pioneers of Deep Learning, the most impactful recent advance in Machine Learning.
Nicolas Chapados – holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Montreal and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He co-founded ApSTAT Technologies in 2001, a machine learning technology transfer firm, as well as, two spin-off companies: Imagia, to provide AI-based actionable predictive oncology analytics atop medical imaging data, and Chapados Couture Capital, a quantitative asset manager.
Real Ventures – Real Ventures invests in ambitious entrepreneurs that are creating the Internet experiences of the future or embracing the power of the Internet to disrupt existing industries or business models. Investing pre-traction, its team and networks support entrepreneurs and propel their companies forward.
Montreal is a major technology development hub with access to world-class talent and research facilities in Artificial Intelligence. The Element AI mission is to build upon the local resources available and foster the creation of hundreds of jobs over the next five years, which will contribute to preserving local talent and boosting the Canadian economy.
“We strongly believe in the promise of Element AI because of the stellar founding team, the opportunity they’ve identified and their demonstrated ability to achieve ground-breaking innovation in a critical space that is shaping our future,” said Element AI Co-Founder and Real Ventures Partner Jean-Sébastien Cournoyer. Mr. Cournoyer continued, “Element’s “AI research lab as a service” model, combined with its product development capabilities, have the potential to level the playing field in AI and provide Element partners with the ability to succeed in their respective markets.”
About Element AI
Element AI is a Montreal-based platform that helps organizations embrace an AI-First strategy. Composed of a research lab uniquely connected to the world’s best academic ecosystems, Element AI launches and incubates advanced Artificial Intelligence solutions in partnership with large corporations and research institutions. Co-founded by Jean-Francois Gagne, Yoshua Bengio, Nicolas Chapados, and Jean-Sébastien Cournoyer, Element AI has is heardquartered in Montreal, Qubec. http://www.elementai.com
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