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New “A.I. & Robotics Founder Syndicate” program will help launch early-stage startups, with mentorship from over 20 A.I. & Robotics experts in Pittsburgh.

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator is announcing the “A.I. & Robotics” program in Pittsburgh, sponsored by Philips, a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health.

According to William Gaussa, an Advanced Innovation Leader at Philips, 

Artificial Intelligence will play a key role in advancing healthcare access and innovation for consumers. We believe that the Founders Institute A.I syndicate will help us identify and develop founders and startup teams passionate about A.I. innovation to create new advancements and equity in the global healthcare industry.

The A.I. & Robotics Founder Syndicate aims to inspire and support early-stage A.I. & Robotics entrepreneurs and teams in the Pittsburgh Founder Institute by providing:

  • Feedback and Mentorship from 20+ top A.I. & Robotics Experts
  • The opportunity to work alongside top innovation leaders at Philips
  • A.I. & Robotics sessions on building product and funding raising 
  • Several "Partner Fellowships" Awarded to the Top Program Applicants, allowing them to participate in the program for free: 
  • A Local and Global Support Network of Entrepreneurs, Investors, & Advisors
  • Over $2M in Partner Deals and Resources 

The goal of this program, designed in partnership with Philips is to help launch more than 20 promising companies leverage A.I. or Robotics technology in 2020 and further establish Pittsburgh as a center for A.I. & Robotics innovation. Early-stage entrepreneurs and teams interested in building an A.I. or Robotics startup in Pittsburgh are encouraged to apply at The final deadline for applications will be on December 15th, 2019, and the program will run from January 21st, 2020 to April 28th, 2020.

To celebrate this new program, the Pittsburgh Founder Institute will host several free events focusing on A.I. & Robotics over the next few weeks: 

  • How to Use AI to Solve the Biggest Problems of Humanity: Tuesday, November 19th, 6:30pm, TrueFit (501 Grant Street, 11th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA): RSVP

Adeo Ressi, CEO of the Founder Institute, and former student at Carnegie Mellon adds,

I spent some time at Carnegie Mellon and I know there’s an abundance of talent in Pittsburgh. I’m excited to see the city's expertise in artificial intelligence and robotics gaining traction and being showcased.

The Pittsburgh Founder Institute was launched in 2017 by Randy Eager (Founder and Managing Partner, Aqualibrium LLC) and Greg Coticchia (Chief Executive Officer/Founder, ENTRA). The first Pittsburgh program concluded in July 2018 with seven companies, including one A.I. company from the cohort, Three10 Solutions, which recently raised a successful seed-round of funding. The A.I. & Robotics Founder Syndicate will run alongside the standard Pittsburgh Winter 2019 Founder Institute cohort and will provide dedicated resources to the A.I. & Robotics Founders in the program. 

Learn more about the AI Founder Syndicate at

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