MIT-Pillar AI Collective

The MIT-Pillar AI Collective is a one-year pilot program funded by a gift from Pillar VC and administered by the Deshpande Center. It will provide seed grants for projects in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science with the goal of supporting translational research. The program will support graduate students and postdoctoral researchers through access to funding, mentorship, and customer discovery.
The MIT-Pillar AI Collective will center on the market discovery process, advancing projects through market research, customer discovery, and prototyping. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers will aim to emerge from the program having built minimum viable products, with support from Pillar VC and experienced industry leaders.