Chicago Machine Learning Venture Capital Summit

Built@Booth hosted its 2nd Annual Machine Learning Venture Capital Summit on April 12, 2018. Under one roof, we bring together venture capitalists, Machine Learning startups, and cutting-edge researchers interested in Machine Learning applications and commercialization. In 2017, the conference attracted 600+ attendees and hosted nearly 20 speakers.

Built@Booth is the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Student Group at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Machine Learning in Chicago


Check out what some local companies are doing with ML.

Bringing the Chicago ML and VC Communities Together


We are excited to create an opportunity to network with champions in one of the most exciting spaces in tech and investments.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Venue SIX10

2018 Keynote Speaker:

Chris Shallue, Google AI

Last year, Chris Shallue and his colleagues at Google AI used machine learning to identify exoplanets in the light readings recorded by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. Join Chris to hear his story on how Google Brain team leveraged NASA’s data to discover an eighth planet circling a distant star.

The Pitch Competition

Select startups who have completed their Machine Learning-related MVP will be pre-selected to deliver a pitch at the summit. Entrepreneurs will have a chance to demo or discuss their idea to a sold out crowd of entrepreneurs and MBAs seeking to join a team, VCs seeking great early stage startups, software developers, and prospective customers.

Judges include Logan LaHive, Managing Partner at Techstars Chicago, Michael Sachaj, Principal at Hyde Park Angels, and Charlie Connor, CEO and Co-founder of Heretik and winner of 2017’s MLVC Pitch Competition.

Exciting Facts in the Machine Learning Venture Capital Community

In 2017, venture investments in the US amounted to $6 billion across 643 artificial intelligence and machine learning deals.

There were approximately 40 US venture-backed exits in AI/ML in 2017 totaling nearly $1.5 billions in exit value.

Healthcare is the leading industry in adopting and experimenting with AI-based solutions. Healthcare AI startups have raised over 300 deals in the last 5 years.

Sources: (1) PitchBook; (2) PitchBook; (3) CB Insights

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