Welcome to the
AI Competence Center

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has rapidly gained importance in all industries by being implemented in production processes or as direct applications worldwide. With the AI Competence Center we want to leverage Germany’s – and Europe’s – potential as global opinion leaders by considering both purposeful support for businesses using AI technology as well as challenges and risks on a societal and individual level. 

To achieve this, we work closely with and connect the regional model projects of Germany, assemble experts and support in the AI field as well as building bridges between science, business and the public for a well-balanced, informed understanding of Artificial Intelligence. 

We believe in Artificial Intelligence as an innovation-driving technology that can benefit all of us and acknowledges regulations as well as human rightslet’s work together to shape this future. 

Part of the AI Competence Center is the annual AI Beyond Borders Awards, that highlights and awards companies with the most innovative business model using AI. Get on the pre-registration list now to be informed in advance when the next application phase for 2023 starts. 

The AI Competence Center is an initiative funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action of Germany and run by German Entrepreneurship GmbH. 

Hedi Razavi

“We want to purposefully support businesses working with AI – startup or not – by enabling an inspiring exchange in the ecosystem.”

Dr. Hedi Razavi | Managing Partner AI Competence Center

Discover Our AI Ecosystem

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AI Tracks

Specialized support of the internationalization of AI startups

The AI Competence Center supports startups whose business field includes the development and production of AI-supported products and offers a global network of experts and partners in the field of artificial intelligence. In addition, the offerings of the German Accelerator are expanded with focused AI tracks.

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AI Startup Hub Hamburg 

The AI lighthouse for Northern Germany 

The AI.STARTUP.HUB Hamburg promotes the successful growth of AI startups in Northern Germany by combining entrepreneurial experience and technical expertise. Supported by the entire AI ecosystem in the North, they connect leading startup and AI players with business, education and research. 

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K.I.E.Z. by Science & Startups 

Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneurship Center

K.I.E.Z. is where you get inspired: in a diverse melting pot of people, ideas and disciplines. It is the catalyst for the best AI entrepreneurs and most promising startups in Berlin.


Promoting innovation for responsible AI startups 

The project aims to develop and scale startup ideas as well as to increase the research transfer of students and postgraduates interested in setting up a company in the area of deep tech. The project partners’ offering will help AI to be shaped and understood as a technology that creates a positive impact. 

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AI Startup Rising 

The AI Ecosystem by hessian.AI 

AI Startup Rising manages the startup activities of hessian.AI, the Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence. The goal is to bundle and expand existing competencies in Hessen and to build an internationally visible AI innovation ecosystem. 

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KI Park Deutschland

An innovative platform for developing ground-breaking AI solutions 
KI Park prepares the present for the technology of tomorrow. We bring together visionary minds and bold creators in a unique ecosystemfor AI tech leadership “Made in Germany and Europe”. 

Humane AI Net

European Network of Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence 
The EU-funded HumanE-AI-Net project brings together leading European research centres, universities and industrial enterprises into a network of AI excellence centers.

European AI Startup Landscape
European AI Startup Landscape 

Top AI Startups in Germany, Sweden, France and the Netherlands

The collaborative project of major ecosystem players highlights the best AI startups in Europe to drive the development as well as application of AI and create more opportunities for partnerships between startups and enterprises. By creating a central database of high-quality AI startups, enterprises and SMEs will have easier access to AI partners they can trust.

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Transatlantic AI eXchange

Advancing AI Together, Germany and the US in Partnership

The Transatlantic AI eXchange is a platform that aims at accelerating and expanding the global economic, social and academic leadership of the US and Germany in the human-machine economy.