Remarkable Accelerator partners with Microsoft Australia to back AI startups

- January 25, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

The Remarkable Accelerator, a division of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, has partnered with Microsoft Australia to open up two spots in its incoming cohort to startups focused on artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.

Launched in March 2016 in partnership with Telstra Foundation, Remarkable works with startups developing solutions to make a positive impact on Australians living with a disability, across seven areas: social inclusion, living inclusion, independence, personal wellbeing, physical wellbeing, learning and growth, and employment or community contribution.

The 16 week program, which will run from the Sydney Startup Hub, provides participants with access to mentors, masterclasses, and $35,000 in seed funding in exchange for five percent equity.

Peter Horsley, founder of Remarkable, said he organisation is excited to have Microsoft on board given the organisation is a leader in AI technologies.

“With their support, we’re now able to include companies specifically focused on AI in the next cohort, which we believe has so much promise in empowering Australians with disabilities.”

David Masters, corporate relations director at Microsoft Australia, added, “We’ve partnered with Remarkable because their mission of harnessing technology to build physical, social and economic inclusion of people with disabilities aligns perfectly with Microsoft.

“About one in five Australians has a disability and we truly believe AI can empower people with disabilities by providing tools that support independence and productivity.”

Remarkable has run three cohorts so far, working with startups including Home Care Heroes, which connects those needing assistance to local ‘heroes’ offering companionship and non-medical home care; Better Goals, which has created an accessible calendar for people with an intellectual disability; and Equal Reality, which producers diversity and inclusion training in virtual reality.

Applications for the 2019 cohort close Thursday 31 January, with the program kicking off on March 25.

Image source: Remarkable.