ICAI business developers meeting: AI startup incubator initiatives (Invited Only)

In this edition of the ICAI business developer meeting, we would like to share lessons learned from different university incubators on projects that support researchers in setting up new start-ups in the field of AI. The aim is to share what does and does not work in the region.
Program draft: 
  • 11:00  Introduction by Esther Smit (ICAI)
  • 11:05  Introduction of AI Startup lab Amsterdam methods and lessons learned by Vladimir Nedovic (ACE) 
  • 11:20  Q&A 
  • 11:35  “Technology Scout” Engaging Students in Technology Transfer.” by Aleksandar Giga (TU Delft)
  • 11:50  Q&A 
  • 12:05  Any other business
  • 12:30 End

More about ACE AI Lab:

ACE AI Lab is an initiative by Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), the academic incubator of Amsterdam. The mission of the lab is to empower entrepreneurial academics in the Netherlands to launch their AI-based startups. This is achieved via collaborations with industry partners, healthcare and governmental organizations, which provide use-cases that are valuable for their business and for which an AI-solution is a good fit. These use-cases are then picked up by entrepreneurial academic teams, who within a 3-month program, build a proof-of-concept of the solution and lay the basis of their future AI startup. With a hands-on venture building approach, coaching by experienced AI-entrepreneurs, and access to domain experts, approximately 40% of the academic teams go on to establish an AI-startup.

ACE lab

  • ACE overview

More about Aleksandar Giga (TU Delft):

Committed to advancing innovation and technology ventures, and empowering entrepreneurial minds. At TU Delft, I teach entrepreneurial finance and help students and researchers develop their business ideas and launch deep technology-based startups. PhD in Economics. Used to do research in entrepreneurial finance that examined: (1) government policy programs investing in small technology firms; (2) management of large technology/innovation portfolios; (3) startup strategy and its ability to attract investments; (4) investment decision making.

Talk Abstract:

This presentation introduces a program in which students, through elective coursework, learn about the commercialization potential of (mostly AI) technologies being developed at TU Delft. This is a leadership two-part program. In the first part, students explore the product-market fit, and in the second part they focus on the business model. Students have the opportunity to continue developing a spin-out after the program ends.



14 Sep 2022


11:00 - 12:30




Online Event