WaiACCELERATE USA 2021 is a startup development program for aspiring founders to establish female-led or female co-led startups that use Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Data Science in the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, promoting ethical leadership and social impact. The program is provided at no cost and with no equity taken.
The state of diversity in the USA is that women are underrepresented in VC-backed startups and in the AI field. Only 9.2% of VC-backed startup founders are female, while women comprise 50.2% of the working-age US population. Only 12% of leading machine-learning researchers were women (2018). The truth is private technology companies led by women are more capital-efficient, achieving 35% higher ROI, according to the Kauffman Foundation. Companies founded by women deliver higher revenue—more than 2 times as much per dollar invested—than those founded by men, according to MassChallenge and Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In addition, research also shows that female-led companies are more likely to prioritize socially responsible initiatives and care about underserved communities. Women in AI help to eliminate the potential biases in AI by encouraging diverse team in algorithm, product, and business development.
Are you an aspiring AI entrepreneur who is interested in participating in our USA cohort?
Applications for our 2021 cohort are now closed. We hope to see you back next year!
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY
“Being part of the WaiACCELERATE family has been a game changer for our startup. It’s not just the exceptional experts and workshops they lead that informs our work, it is also the doors they have opened up for us to communicate and engage in collaborative thinking with the likes of IBM, Amazon Web Services and Oracle for Startups, and to meet investors.”
Meet our USA Mentors 2021
Criminologist| Criminal Psychologist| Therapeutic Jurisprudence Specialist| AI Evangelist| AI Ethicist| Data Activist| AI Risk & Crisis Management| DEI in AI| AI Governance| Urban AI
Explorer, Researcher, Board Member | Ed, Health, AI, Ethics | @Yonah.ai/org @EU @MIT @500Strong @Ex-Hardwaretech
VP of Data Science
WaiACCELERATE USA 2021 PROGRAM
From ideation, validation, product development, pitching and fundraising, aspiring founders will conceive, build, and launch their startups in a span of 6 months.
Through the Women in AI's WaiACCELERATE USA 2021 program participants will have access to:
- Exclusive Curriculum Workshops
- Founder Inspiration
- WaiTALK series
- World-Class Mentors
- Partnership Perks
- Complimentary Service Packages
- Networking Events
- Graduation Grants
Meet our USA Speakers 2021
Managing Director at Techstars
Kim Rath, PhD
Founder & CEO at Topl
Tech Support (EU 2020)
Via the partnership with the leading global Tech companies, such as AWS, IBM, and Oracle for Startups, team WaiACCELERATE EU 2021 has also provided the participants with so called “Tech Labs”, offering access to in-depth Tech workshops, on-demand Tech consultations and free Cloud credits.
All of which became highly beneficial to the founders during the prototyping phase and for building their data-centered MVPs.