Boosting AI/ML based startups

Challenger AI is an intensive acceleration program, focused on AI/ML-based solutions. We are an international team of ecosystem builders, entrepreneurs, investors, and ML experts themselves. We’re offering you a tailor-made 3-month equity-free online/offline program with 30+ mentors and 300+ hours of coaching to boost your startup. Get ready to accept the challenge!



What we offer:


Workshops from the top-notch experts in AI/ML, design, business, sales, marketing, investment attraction, etc

Mentoring and coaching

1on1 mentoring with the world-class lead and on-demand mentors


Speed dating and networking events to get connections with leading corporates, investors, and other ecosystem players

Demo Day

An opportunity to present the solution to international investors, large corporations, and ecosystem players

Equity free

Our acceleration program is "equity-free" (we take 5% from investment attracted within 12 months after graduation from the acceleration program)

Challenger AI program:

21-th of December

Kick-off event

Join the Kick-off event, we will tell you more about program specific details, introduce our partners and key experts

25-th of January

Ideathon 1

Join Ideathon #1, pitch your solution to corporate partners and top-notch experts, validate your idea, and get a direct pass to the Preacceleration bootcamp

15-th of February

Ideathon 2

Join Ideathon #2, pitch your solution to corporate partners and top-notch experts, validate your idea, and get a direct pass to the Preacceleration bootcamp

25-th of February

Applications deadline

Make sure you submit your Application by Thursday, 23:59. Within a week, you will learn whether you are selected to attend preacceleration bootcamp

End of February

Preacceleration bootcamp

During this 2-day event you will pitch your solution, participate in the workshops from top-notch trainers and meet world-class experts while speeddating. Top 10-15 startups will be selected within next week to become a part of our acceleration program.

Middle of March - June

The Acceleration program

Together, we are working on your product/market fit, sales, and marketing, building the product and company & getting ready to attract investments through specially tailored workshops, insights from experienced founders, and guidance from dedicated lead and technical mentors. In addition, you will receive valuable feedback from investors and our ecosystem & corporate partners!

9-th of June


Pitch your startup to the jury of international investors, potential clients, partners and the media at the final event of the Acceleration program. Get the opportunity to stand out, raise awareness and find the partners you need!

June - August

Post acceleration support

The most active teams will receive biweekly follow-up mentoring, access to the international investors, etc.

We are looking for you

Team. We expect applying startups to have a team of 2-3 people or more, with crucial skill sets and necessary experience.  

Geography. We are looking for teams mainly from Ukraine/related to Ukraine (if there will be events offline, consider that you need to organize a physical presence by yourself).  

Idea. We`re looking for companies that have a tremendous social impact or the potential to be the next Unicorn!  

Motivation. We expect participating teams to have the passion, energy, willingness and drive to make their startups come to life.  

Stage. Your startup should ideally have MVP/demo.

Technology. Your startup should be based on AI/ML technologies or is planning to use them.  

Funding. Startups who are raising or planning to raise the funds will benefit the most from our program.  


Harri Tallinn

Co-founder Challenger accelerator, Associate Partner, CIVITTA Estonia

Program design, fundraising, investor relations

Chris Brown

Inception Program Partner Manager, NVIDIA

Startup support, go-to -market, investor relationships

Oleksandr Chornohal

Head of Big Data Center of expertise, MHP

Data management

Liubomyr Bregman

Visiting Lecturer UCU, Data Science Lead Amazon

Data Science

David Clark

Product Lead, Data&AI solutions

Business mentor, optimization, GDPR issues

Oleksandr Komarevych

Acceleration Program Manager, Bocconi for Innovation

Providing support for startups

Iurii-Volodymyr Blavt

Co-founder Challenger accelerator, Associate Partner, CIVITTA Ukraine

Funding attraction for startups and startup support programs

Markus Lippus

MindTitan, Co-founder, Data Science lead

Machine learning, AI expert

Oles Dobosevych

Vice Dean of the Applied Sciences Faculty, UCU

Expert in Machine Learning and Artificial intellligence

Eva Simekova

Associate Partner, CIVITTA Slovakia, Business Angel

Legal, financial and organizational structures

Adam Blascik

Data Science team lead DataSentics, ex. PwC

Data Science

Andrii Begunov


Digital transformation, development of Agile and Devops practices

Sergey Shelpuk

Vice President of Data Science, Shelf

Data Science

Helen Kokk

Co-Founder Made By

UI/UX Industry & Service Design, Currently Digital Product Design Lead

Yrjö Ojasaar

Investment Partner at Change Ventures


Jakub Mazur

Civitta Poland

AI/ML expert

Oleksandr Romanko

Head of Financial Risk Quantitative Research, SS&C Technologies

Financial risk management, business analytics, optimization and operational research

Supported by

Unicorn Partner

Growth partner


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The project is financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the funds of development cooperation and humanitarian aid