At Kickstart AI we believe the future is positively shaped by AI. That is why our mission is to accelerate the adoption of AI in the Netherlands. We are a coalition of the doing 💪 We grow and connect the AI community & 🚀 We tackle real issues with AI solutions.
We're on a mission to improve society through AI. Our activities are structured in three pillars to accelerate AI and share the benefits:
01. Build our community
We actively grow and connect the NL AI community. This year alone we organized 35 community events. Both by empowering existing regional data science communities and by organizing our own signature events.
02. Challenge the community
We solve real world challenges through AI. Like reducing food-waste, increasing financial health, and helping Food Banks. We also accelerate adoption through research, like our research on how to use LLMs at scale by tacking the hallucination problem.
03. Productize and promote
Once we have solved a challenge with a specific partner or customer, we share, open-source and scale. We want everyone to benefit from the solutions that we build.
Back in 2019, some of the biggest companies in the Netherlands got together to talk about the future of Dutch AI. They saw AI had the potential to make life better for everyone, but it needed an extra push to really take off. So they began working together under the name Kickstart AI.
That was just the beginning, and things have changed a lot since then. We've grown into a proudly independent organisation, with a dedicated focus on AI and the freedom to move fast. In 2022 Kickstart AI was officially founded as an autonomous non-profit initiative to accelerate AI adoption in the Netherlands and make it a force for good.
We maintain close ties with our founding partners Ahold Delhaize, ING, KLM, and NS. But we stand strong on our own merit, developing bold initiatives to empower the Dutch AI ecosystem and make a lasting positive impact on society.