About the event

Come hear from Professor Agrawal, founder of the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a not-for-profit programme focused on helping founders transform science-based projects into massively-scalable and financeable businesses. The CDL has launched a location at Oxford and we are pleased to welcome the founder to share his insights and vision for the programme.  


The Lab is home to one of the greatest concentrations of AI-related startups on Earth. To date CDL has helped to nurture start-ups worth over £2 billion in equity value. Alumni include: Ada, Atomwise, Automat AI, BenchSci, Blue J Legal, Chisel, Deep Genomics, Ecoation, Eigen Innovations, Kyndi and North (previously Thalmic Labs). 


In addition, CDL was first in the world to launch a programme dedicated to quantum machine learning startups, and has programmes specifically designed for machine intelligence applied to sectors such as health, energy, and space.


CDL operates five programs across Canada as well as CDL-NYC in the US and CDL-Oxford in the UK.  


Speakers Biography

Ajay Agrawal is a professor at the University of Toronto and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA.

He conducts research on the economics of science and innovation and recently coauthored the best-selling book Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence. 


He is founder of the Creative Destruction Lab, cofounder of NEXT AI, and cofounder Kindred, a company that builds machines with human-like intelligence and that was named to The MIT Technology Review's 50 Smartest Companies of 2017 as well as CB Insights’ AI 100 (2018). The Globe & Mail listed Professor Agrawal as one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Canadian Business.

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