Applications close August 9 2023


Acceleration Programme

Driving the adoption of AI in the UK

Digital Catapult launched an accelerator programme as part of BridgeAI, an Innovate UK national programme that seeks to stimulate the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies in agriculture, creative, construction, and transport. 

FutureScope BridgeAI is a 12-week accelerator programme for UK-based startups and SMEs to help them develop responsible, ethical and desirable AI and ML deep-tech solutions. 

Digital Catapult has successfully partnered with a diverse range of collaborators and industry leaders to offer access to computation power, technical and business expertise, and industry-leading support on applied AI ethics.

Digital Catapult was looking for use cases which aim to develop existing or new solutions, services or innovative experimental prototypes which demonstrate to solve real-world problems in key sectors – agriculture, creative, construction, and transport.

BridgeAI is jointly delivered by Innovate UK KTN, Digital Catapult, The Alan Turing Institute and the Hartree Centre and funded by Innovate UK. More information about the programme can be found here.

Programme Benefits

Ethical AI support

Enhance your skills in ethical and responsible AI, data and operational practices and acquire insights on fostering a culture of ethical best practices within your organisation and product, through comprehensive frameworks and interactive workshops.

BridgeAI community

After the completion of the programme, get the opportunity to connect with a dynamic and growing ecosystem of AI developers and adopters that will enable knowledge exchange and potential future business opportunities.

Technical support

Engage in 1:1 interactions with the Digital Catapult technologists and the Programme Industry Partners to assess, iterate and accelerate the technical development of your product or service, leading to an enhanced market positioning.




Accelerate without fees, and fuel your innovation with cloud computing credits offered.

Applying to and participating in FutureScope is free.

Subject to availability and third-party terms, get access to computational power provided by the Programme Industry Partners:

  • Up to $25k for two years in Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits
  • Up to $200,000 in Graphcore IPU cloud credits
  • Up to six months of free YellowDog multi-cloud platform license
  • Up to $5,000 MongoDB credits and $1000 Miro Credits
  • Google cloud credits are provided in either Start Tier or Scale Tier.
    • Start Tier: Up to $2,000 USD in Google Cloud credits, valid for two years
    • Scale Tier: 20% up to an additional $100,000 USD for the second year (Scale Tier)

Introducing Innovate UK BridgeAI

Empowering UK organisations to harness the power of AI through support and funding, bridging the AI divide for a more productive UK.


BridgeAI Partners

BridgeAI Programme Who's Involved

Discover the partners and people supporting our BridgeAI programme. From programme partners, cloud computing partners, hardware and HPC partners, and accelerator partners.

BridgeAI Programme FAQs

If you have any questions about the programme, some may be answered in our FAQs

FutureScope is delivered by Digital Catapult, the UK authority on advanced digital technology.