An open-innovation platform to build partnerships we can trust

AI@Centech is one of the corporate accelerators of the Thales Group. Its purpose is to co-develop innovative solutions with startups and SMBs for the five major markets served by the Group: digital identity and security, defence, aerospace, space and transport.

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An international program for growth-stage AI-enabled startups looking to promote the use of Artificial Intelligence in critical decision support.

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A springboard for Canadian MilTech small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) looking to get their niche applications into the supply chain and into the hands of the people who need them most.

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Thales Alenia Space and AIKO team up to develop advanced software for space applications

Torino, April 8, 2021 – Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), and the start-up AIKO S.r.l. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop advanced software for space systems.

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Thales to spark innovation among five AI startups with season 3 of AI@Centech program

Thales selected five international startups in early August out of a pool of more than 200 potential competitors from around the world. The search for qualified startups began in February [...]

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From the development of Edge AI in safety-critical systems to improving human-machine collaboration, our challenges aim to shape the future.


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Thales is a global technology leader investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations in digital identity and security, defence and security, aerospace, space, and transport.

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