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Transport AI 2024 start-up demo zone – discover your next collaborator!

Applications for participation in demonstration space now welcome

Juliana O'Rourke
30 November 2023


The UK is home to a series of dedicated programmes developed to support AI innovation and their participants are being invited to showcase their tools, products and services at Transport AI 2024, which takes place at the Manchester Conference Centre on 23 January 2024.

Working with our event collaborators Microsoft, Turing Innovation Catalyst, Centre for Sustainable Innovation and Tech UK, AI 2024 will provide free demo space for innovative AI start-ups from across Manchester and the UK.

Apply here: Closing date 29 December, limited free places –  first come, first served…

Why apply?

Transport AI 2024 is creating an ecosystem and building a marketplace for AI innovation. We’ve invited 200 local authorities, businesses and AI experts to Manchester on January 23, 2024, to get the ball rolling, and we will continue to map, develop and support this growing community as AI becomes increasingly mainstream in daily workflows, customer communications and all aspects of transport and urban planning.

Working with key event collaborators Innovate UK BridgeAI, Microsoft, Centre for Sustainable Innovation, Salford, and the Turing Innovation Catalyst, Transport AI 2024 offers AI innovators a unique opportunity to meet peers, find new collaborators / business partners and better understand client needs.

  • Understand which problems potential clients are looking to solve with AI

  • Find out if your AI product, tool or service is just what someone out there is looking for

  • Meet like-minded innovators with the skillsets, expertise and contacts you need

  • Demonstrate your AI product, tool or service to inspire, upskill and educate this evolving ecosystem

  • Understand how procurement needs to evolve to manage innovation and risk.

Watch the webinar: Defining AI online

What’s provided?

  • A small table with socket and a flag / banner
  • 2 x start-up attendees
  • Tea/coffee
  • Free entry into the developing Transport AI Directory
  • Networking event

What’s extra?

Full conference attendance, including entrance to plenaries and breakout sessions and lunch –  £50 per person.

Contact Juliana for details

Who are we looking for?

The start-ups we're looking for:

  • Are young companies, less than 3 years old, established by one or more entrepreneurs to create unique and irreplaceable products or services

  • Are aiming to develop a minimum viable product (MVP) and lay the foundations that will turn the concept into something real

  • Have an idea that can by be tested by real customers and data that backs up the feasibility of the idea

  • Are ready to present to potential funders and investors.

Why now, and why Manchester?

A £250m investment fund from Innovate UK and the Technologies Mission Fund (TMF), launched by HMG/UKRI in March 2023, is bringing together businesses from priority sectors with AI experts and developers to foster an AI innovation network in the UK. 

There are also many AI-focused UK innovation programmes across Manchester.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, says: “Greater Manchester’s selection as one of three Innovation Accelerator regions demonstrates the Government’s confidence in our innovation ecosystem. These align with the sectors where Greater Manchester has emerging or established strengths, like advanced materials, artificial intelligence (AI) and diagnostics.” 

Manchester has a strong academic AI community and a pipeline of talent. Three of its five universities have established research groups working in AI and data science. The city is home to AI accelerators such as the Turing Innovation CatalystCentre for Digital Innovation and the Manchester Technology Centre.

Contact us

Contact Juliana O'Rourke for further information, or visit the event website to apply online

Closing date 29 December 2023.





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