Applications are now available for CB Insights’ AI 100. The AI 100 recognizes the teams and technologies that are successfully using AI to solve big challenges.

CB Insights is the authority on emerging trends in artificial intelligence. AI 100 companies are selected based on their Mosaic scores and their responses to interviews/questions posed by CB Insights' industry analysts. 

Companies can be located anywhere and must be privately-held. There is no cost to apply, nominate or receive the AI 100 award.

An application can be found on the AI 100 website.

The award winners will be announced in December 2017 at the A-ha! Conference being hosted in San Francisco on December 12 & 13, 2017.

Canada is a pioneer in artificial intelligence, and much of this work began in Ontario. In fact, Toronto is often considered a birthplace of machine learning. In the early 2000s, modern AI was pioneered at the University of Toronto from deep learning, which is machine learning structured to mimic the brain's function and form predictions.

Since that time, the AI community in the region has grown considerably and is one of the strongest in the world.

Ontario companies, specifically those from the Toronto-Waterloo technology corridor, have found great success with AI, including:

  • Blue J Legal which harnesses the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to rapidly analyze case documents and help lawyers predict trial outcomes.
  • Zoom.ai, which has developed an automated virtual assistant that helps users offload administrative tasks. Zoom.ai won the grand prize the OpenText Enterprise World Pitch Contest.
  • Acerta, a machine learning platform that analyzes motor vehicle data looking for unusual anomalies and problems and delivers alerts when problems are detected.
  • ROSS Intelligence, which created a platform that helps lawyers find relevant cases with natural language search, was founded by two University of Toronto students. It is currently based in San Francisco, but recently opened ROSS North, an R&D research office in Toronto.
  • Maluuba, a deep-learning and AI– technology startup founded by two University of Waterloo graduates, that focuses on teaching machines to read like the human brain. It was purchased by Microsoft in early 2017.
  • Layer 6 AI, which creates software that draws on insights about how the human brain functions and deep learning technology to make better recommendations.

Many other area companies have made their mark on the AI scene, and several could be excellent candidates for the AI 100.

There have been record high investments in AI in Canada in the last five years and Canadian job opportunities in AI have grown by nearly 500% since 2015.

The Canadian government has dedicated $125 million to a national AI strategy, including funding that went towards the creation of Toronto’s Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Vector Institute is a world-leading Artificial Intelligence R&D hub that aims to retain and develop the world's best AI talent. In addition to funding from the federal government and Ontario provincial government, a group of 31 corporate donors – including large corporations and big banks – have pledged to deliver funding to foster work in AI deep learning and machine learning.

A recent report from the Digital Finance Institute (DFI) found that Canada has the most promise to be an AI leader, including work in quantum computing, blockchain, and infrastructure.

Check out CB Insights AI 100 for more information on the AI 100 and to apply.