About Us

AI is the new electricity.

What is AI Fund?
AI Fund is a startup studio building new AI companies from the ground up. Our companies bridge AI technology and applications, focusing on industries and problems that we believe move the world forward.

Founded by Dr. Andrew Ng, our team merges a deep understanding of AI technology with a proven ability to start new ventures. AI Fund is uniquely positioned to build AI businesses that can make an immediate and decisive impact.

How we build AI startups
AI Fund builds new startups from the ground up. Our internal team identifies new ideas, validates market opportunities and prototypes for those ideas we believe will be successful standalone companies.

If we decide to pursue a new opportunity, we will make an investment and hire an early team to scale the company.

How we work with entrepreneurs

Once our team decides to fund a new startup, we bring on early teams to scale and run the company. We look for team members who are oriented towards moving quickly and finding solutions. Depending on the needs of each startup, we often look for early employees with a technical background or expertise in a specific industry.

 AI Fund supports our early teams with in-house recruiting, marketing, legal, finance, and administrative services so that every team can focus on building the best possible product. 

FAQ
1. What is a startup studio?
A startup studio creates new startups from the ground up. Everything is created internally: the idea for the startup, market validation, the initial prototype (or MVP) and the initial team. We support our startups with in-house recruiting, marketing, legal, finance and administrative services to help each company scale quickly and effectively.
2. How do you decide what startups to build?
We are pursuing opportunities where AI can address a market need or move the world forward in some way.  Specific ideas are chosen based on our team’s market insights, modern AI capabilities, and our ability to build the right team to scale the idea.
3. I want to join an AI Fund startup as an early employee. How can I work with you ?
Please apply for a position here!
4. I have a great idea for an AI startup. How can I work with you?
We would love to hear from you! As a startup studio, we do not typically invest in existing companies. A good rule of thumb: if you’ve already got a pitch deck, or you’re already incorporated, you’re further along than a typical AI Fund company. If you’ve got a great idea, please get in touch.
5. Why did you choose this model for AI Fund?
Building startups is hard. The startup studio model allows us to give our companies more support than typical VC firms. Specifically, we believe our model makes startups more likely to succeed because:

  • We systematically build startups: We have a rigorous process for screening and efficiently validating or falsifying startup ideas. Startups operate under extreme uncertainty, and our team has a unique approach for efficiently narrowing down on promising ideas.
  • We have unique access to AI: AI companies are built and scaled differently than other companies. Our team has a unique understanding of AI technologies and strategy, as well as access to great AI talent. This helps us build AI-first companies.
  • We support our early teams: We are able to provide our startups with a suite of services (including recruiting, marketing, legal, finance and administrative) so that our early teams can focus on building and shipping a product.
6. Does AI Fund invest in seed rounds, Series A or beyond?
It is not our primary business to make outside investments, and we will not do so except in very rare cases. We are building up new companies in-house with entrepreneurs. We’re happy to talk to existing startups if we can be helpful in some way, but outside investing is not the core of what we do. When we meet with an interesting startup, we usually offer to introduce them to other investors, rather than invest directly. If you have a startup and would like to talk, please get in touch.

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