Imperial College Business School Executive Education

Imperial College Business School

Building Your AI Unicorn: Tech Startup Accelerator

Secure your spot before orientation begins.

PROGRAMME STARTS
11 May 2022
Registration closes 17 May

PRICING
£1,850

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Accelerate your career with:
– In-demand skills
– Collaborative online learning
– Certificate of Participation from Imperial College Business School Executive Education

Length:

6 weeks

Language:

English

Effort:

7-10 hours per week, self-paced online learning

Imperial College Business School

Building Your AI Unicorn: Tech Startup Accelerator

Secure your spot before orientation begins.

PROGRAMME STARTS

11 May 2022

Registration closes 17 May

PRICING

£1,850

Payment options

Accelerate your career with:
– In-demand skills
– Collaborative online learning
– A Certificate of Participation from Imperial College Business School Executive Education

 

Length: 6 weeks

Language: English

Effort: 7-10 hours per week, self-paced online learning

Your Next-Gen AI Accelerator


With AI expected to contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030, now is the time for entrepreneurs and business leaders to innovate with AI. But capitalising on the wealth of opportunities requires a deep understanding of the unique obstacles that many AI ventures encounter.

In this programme from Imperial College Business School, a leader in UK tech startups, you will learn the skills and strategies needed to accelerate your AI venture from prototype to product. Led by David Shrier, Professor of Practice in AI & Innovation at Imperial College Business School, and Christopher Tucci, Professor of Digital Strategy & Innovation, Imperial College Business School, the programme will give you a toolkit for sidestepping common traps in AI, so that you can finance your AI venture or steer an AI initiative through your organisation.

“This programme gives you what you need to master AI innovation by providing guided assistance to launch a new AI company or an AI innovation project inside an established company.”


David Shrier
Programme Director
Professor of Practice, AI & Innovation, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London

You’ll benefit from this programme if you are:


  • An entrepreneur looking to venture into the dynamic field of artificial intelligence.
  • A startup-minded intrapreneur leading emerging tech innovation within an organisation.
  • A C-suite executive or senior leader overseeing AI innovation and R&D.
  • A functional business head interested in exploring cross-business AI opportunities.
  • A corporate professional – product manager, marketer, sales executive, technologist – eyeing entrepreneurship as your next move.
  • A lawyer, accountant, consultant or professional services/advisor eager for insights into AI entrepreneurs and your AI clients.
  • A current or future SMB leader seeking innovative business transformations.
  • A business professional looking for upskill and career advancement opportunities driven by advancement in AI applications.
  • An investor or analyst seeking AI business analytics tools, perspectives on venture implications and a deeper understanding of investment feasibility.
  • A policymaker responsible for building and growing AI-based innovation tools.
  • A government advisor or regulator in risk management, venture promotion, competition enhancement or consumer protection looking to leverage data to protect against unintended consequences of AI.

Programme Content


Module 1: AI Technologies and Applications

 

  • Differentiate amongst expert systems, machine learning, deep learning and extended intelligence.
  • Understand privacy and security challenges of AI.
  • Apply methodologies to identify market-specific AI ventures.

Module 2: Think Like an AI Entrepreneur

 

  • Understand the importance of data quality in AI systems.
  • Identify bias in data.
  • Use the 5 Rs of data to make decisions.
  • Apply tactical operating processes to stages of an AI startup.

Module 3: Strategies and Frameworks

 

  • Quantify the demand for your solution, identify the size of the market and the target audience
  • Design a practical strategic plan to enable your new AI startup or an existing venture.
  • Analyse resource components to build a road map for your proposed solution.
  • Utilise techniques to pitch your solution internally or externally (“Hurry Up and Pitch”™ Clinic).

Module 4: Risks and Mitigation

 

  • Detect and correct algorithmic bias.
  • Contemplate ethical implications.
  • Navigate policy regulations.
  • Uncover hidden costs.

Module 5: Financing Your Venture

 

  • Analyse motivations, benefits and processes of VC funding.
  • Evaluate early financing sources including grants, revenue and seed funding.
  • Discover alternative funding strategies, like revenue-based funding (RBF), crowdfunding and corporate presales.

Module 6: Capstone Project and Next Steps

 

  • Learn VC investment decision-making factors for early-stage startups.
  • Appraise long-term investment approaches from corporate boards.
  • Explore ways to scale your venture’s people, processes, products and growth.
  • Create and present a lightning pitch video for your AI venture.

What You Will Gain


    • Proof of knowledge through a Certificate of Participation issued by Imperial College Executive Education

 

    • A powerful professional network from building connections with a global cohort of leaders, influencers and programme participants

 

    • Coveted industry knowledge from market-driven curriculum designed and delivered to the standard of an elite academic institution

 

    • Acquisition and retention of new skills supported by an AI-driven learning platform, individual- and team-based programming, and individual success coaching

Your Programme Directors


David Shrier
Programme Director
Professor of Practice, AI & Innovation, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London

David is a globally recognised thought leader in technology and educational innovation. The portfolio of digital classes he created for MIT and University of Oxford has engaged more than 15,000 innovators in over 150 countries, and revolutionised the model for university short-course offerings. He is an Associate Fellow with Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and a Professor of Practice (AI & Innovation) with Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London. He previously was the first and only New Ventures Officer with MIT, where he also served as a Lecturer. David has published five books in the past five years focused on technology disruption, the three most recent of which with MIT Press or Little Brown. His latest book, Augmenting Your Career: How to Win at Work in the Age of AI, was published by Little Brown in April 2021.

Christopher Tucci
Programme Director
Professor of Digital Strategy & Innovation, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London

Christopher L. Tucci is Professor of Digital Strategy & Innovation at Imperial College Business School. He was Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he held the Chair in Corporate Strategy & Innovation. He was Dean of the College of Management from 2013-2018. In 2018, he was Visiting Thought Leader at CEIBS in Shanghai, China. He received the degrees of Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, MIT; SM (Technology & Policy) from MIT; and BS (Mathematical Sciences), AB (Music), and MS (Computer Science) from Stanford University. He was an industrial computer scientist involved in developing Internet protocols and applying artificial intelligence tools.

Professor Tucci teaches courses in Design Thinking, Digital Strategy, and Innovation Management. His primary area of interest is in how firms make transitions to new business models, technologies, and organisational forms. He also studies crowdsourcing, Internetworking, and digital innovations. He has published articles in, among others, Academy of Management Review (AMR), Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Research Policy, Communications of the ACM, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Academy of Management Annals, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. His article with Allan Afuah, “Crowdsourcing as a solution to distant search,” won the Best Paper of 2012 for AMR. He has served in leadership positions in the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Strategic Management Society.

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How You Will Learn:


  • Digital videos or audio content, augmented by material created exclusively for the course
  • Quizzes and exercises designed specifically to help you understand and retain new information
  • Dialogue with expert instructors and your peers via discussion forums and small group sessions
  • Simulations and other carefully crafted interactions to provide an engaging learning experience
  • Real-life examples that place information in context to help you understand how the concepts delivered in the programme material can be applied to your work environment

  • AI coaching to improve your and your team’s collaboration

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