Headlines on artificial intelligence typically belong to globally renowned tech giants, such as Google, Facebook, and Apple. Asia’s AI and machine learning startups, on the other hand, rarely make it onto the world stage.

“I want a world-competitive AI company coming from Asia,” says Tak Lo, the Managing Director of Zeroth, a funding program for early-stage AI and machine learning startups in Asia. “[Part] of that is taking Asian startups and being able to support them from a global network of entrepreneurs.”

Zeroth, which launched on July 1st, is a three month funding program that offers mentorship and $20,000 USD in capital to early-stage startups. The team is still working out its application process but plans to launch its first batch this winter. Though Zeroth will accept startups from any AI vertical – “Surprise me,” says Mr.Lo – the program is stricter in its focus on Asia. Relevant startups outside of the region are welcome to apply, but for the most part, Zeroth’s emphasis is on Asia.

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Eva Xiao

Eva Xiao is a tech reporter based in Shanghai. Contact her at eva.xiao@technode.com or evawxiao (wechat & twitter).