What is Mac AI Ventures?

Mac AI Ventures — presented by the McMaster AI Society — seeks to bridge technical AI development with entrepreneurship and venture capital. In our inaugural 2020–2021 year, we are offering a pre-incubator program to help support new McMaster-led ventures, host weekly workshops on a range of topics, and provide pro bono valuation services to AI start-ups.

About the Pre-Incubator Program

The Mac AI Ventures pre-incubator program facilitates the development of AI-centric technological projects and ideas into market-ready companies. The goal of this program is to introduce ambitious students to entrepreneurship, business development, and technology production for subsequent application to North American start-up incubators. 

Hungry to start a new AI venture? Apply today to build the next great Canadian tech company.

Events

Workshops will be run bi-weekly in the Winter, on the off weeks of Mac AI's main programming, and will cover a broad range of topics from valuating AI start-ups, to tax credits and funding for early ventures, to developing a working prototype. These workshops will be virtual. Fall workshop presentations have been posted below.

Equity Splitting Among Co-Founders

Startup Stages and Series Funding

Distinguishing AI-Based Startups

Startups Valuation Essentials

More events coming soon — stay tuned.

Team

Introducing the 2020–2021 Mac AI Ventures team.

Jesse Rowley
Head, Operations
Will Skalosky
Head, Valuations
Kevin Kos
Director, Logistics
Travis Ratnaharan
Director, Education
Alexander Bozzo
Founder
Marco Martino-Coons
Strategic Advisor
Doris Feng
Pre-incubator Advisor
Murtuza Rajkotwala
Pre-Incubator Advisor
Amir Abukar
Director, Corporate Relations
Ben Laxton
Principle, Consultant
Tyler Corso
Associate, Consultant
Kayden Hudda
Associate, Consultant
Jake Diamond
Associate, Consultant
Mark Nesbitt
Associate, Consultant