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AI Stacks , Solutions & Funding | AI Start Up Bootcamp Intro

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Great panel of three AI Leaders talking about three new aspects of building an AI startup! Attend this second installment of the AI Startup Bootcamp introduction.

Learn the steps of building AI value propositions | Drive your AI startup forward | Network with the largest AI startup group in Chicago.

This event is a preview of AI Days ( It will feature a full day AI startup bootcamp, AI startup weekend and many other sessions.



Between May 21, July 24 and August Meetups most of these topics will be covered:

1) Data : how to acquire ; build a model and validate
2) Team: Data scientists, developers, domain experts, UX
3) AI stack: Infrastructure/cloud, analytics, applications, open source, visualization
4) Solution Architecture : platforms, workflows, integration
5) Go To Market: channel, industry, testing, value proposition, customer validation, pricing
6) Funding: valuation, term sheet, presentation, pitch
7) Other : Explainability, Hardware, Ethics, Productizing, IP, mentoring, Other



5:30 to 6PM – Networking

6PM to 7PM – Key pointers on how to build an AI startup
--6:00 - AI Stack by Yueyu Fu of Rippleshot
--6:20 - Solution Architecture by Jason Smith of Rmarkbio
--6:40 - Funding by Brian Clark of Ascent Regtech __________________________________________________

7PM to 7:45 Panel discussion : Opportunities and Challenges in building AI Startups
--Panelists are Jason Smith, Yueyu Fu and Brian Clark.

7:45 to 8:30PM Networking



Jason Smith (

Jason is the co-founder and CEO or rMark Bio. rMark Bio's patented intelligence platform, Fabric, unites the real-time business objectives of a pharmaceutical company with the current activities of academic and clinical researchers to deliver evidence based decisions that remove inefficiencies and increase the ROI in thought leader engagements.

Prior to rMark Bio, Jason held positions in early-stage companies (xSides, Cryptocybernetics), large multinational corporations (IBM, ATI Research) and venture capital incubators (BE Labs) yielding a rich professional background. In his roles such as VP of Corporate Development, VP of Product, and Chief Architect he has been responsible for the management of various functional areas including go-to-market strategy, product development and corporate operations.

Yueyu Fu (

Yuey is CTO and CoFOunder of Rippleshot ( They protect consumer credit information and the integrity of the merchant payment network by proactively detecting data breaches through a cloud-based solution. Rippleshot's technology processes millions of data in real-time to quickly pinpoint when and where a data breach occurred and its risk management and analytics platform helps mitigate fraud, stop losses, protect brand reputation, and safeguard the consumer payment experience.

Brian Clark (

Brian Clark – CEO and Founder of Ascent Technologies ( A rising star in the Chicago AI community - Ascent Technologies helps financial sector firms reduce the cost of compliance. Their algorithms and technology parse regulations (RegTech) issued by many governmental financial sector entities. We look forward to Brian sharing his experiences in Ascent’s exciting ascent!

BIO Brian is the CEO and co-founder of Ascent Technologies, a RegTech firm that helps firms build, manage, and automate their regulatory compliance. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois in Economics, his J.D. from DePaul College of Law, and is completing his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He previously worked as general counsel and chief compliance officer of an international brokerage firm. Prior to that, he investigated financial fraud in trading markets. He is an Eagle Scout, is fascinated with turning the qualitative, quantitative, and believes that artificial intelligence and predictive analytics will be powerful enabling technologies that augment and merge with manual processes to automate an increasing amount of cognitive human processes


It is an incredible time to be a startup in this space!

Radical change always presents significant opportunities for entrepreneurs to discover, adapt, and optimize new products and business models. With this in mind, our panel of Midwest industry experts will discuss how we can understand the most appropriate commercial applications for AI in the coming years.