MIT-Pillar VC Artificial Intelligence Collective
The MIT-Pillar AI Collective is a one-year pilot program providing seed grants for projects in AI, machine learning, and data science.
Supported by a gift from Pillar VC and administered by the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, the mission of the program is to advance research towards commercialization.
The MIT-Pillar AI Collective will support a select group of faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students through access to grants, expert advice, mentorship, and customer discovery.
Access to seed grants
Support in identifying key milestones
Advice from experienced founders
Guidance from product managers
Feedback from customers
Insight from early-stage investors
Founder Talks & community events
Co-founder matching and team-building
Bi-monthly meetings with Program Lead to review milestones & progress.
Monthly meetings with industry advisors for guidance.
Quarterly founder talks and community events.
Feedback sessions with prospective customers.
Advice from product managers and enterprise sales leaders.
Introductions to co-founders and team members.
Questions? View FAQ.
Each team has access to prospective customers across a variety of industries who are actively interested in leveraging new AI-enabled solutions. Teams will conduct customer interviews to identify promising new applications, iterating in response to feedback.
Customers will be tailored to program participants. New customers will be added once the program launches.
Additional customers coming soon
2023 AI Collective Program
- Applications are now open
- View the FAQ page for more information
- Contact us with further questions