Apply now: Lean AI Startup Funding

AI Startup Rising is launching a funding opportunity for AI startup projects. The Lean AI Startup Funding is a program designed to give teams the time to test and validate their AI Idea and turn it into a business case.

The goal of the Lean AI Startup Funding (LAISF) is to bring ideas from research into practice. Research-driven startup ideas are usually very tech-oriented and have little market readiness. LAISF gives you both the time and the financial freedom to validate your business model, develop your prototype and raise your investment readiness level.

LAISF is a six month program and provides funding for one person full-time or two persons part-time. Additionally, the teams can spend up to 30,000€ for material expenses to prototype their ideas.

Further information can be found at

Who is eligible?

The funding can either be provided as an exemption if the applicants are currently pursuing their PhD at one of the hessian.AI partner universities, or in other cases as a scholarship.

For the exact details please refer to the concept paper in the download section of the LAISF website.

How to Apply?

Applications will be accepted continuously. The next deadline is February 10th, 2023.

For the application process please see the LAISF website.

About AI Startup Rising

AI Startup Rising channels the startup activities of hessian.AI. The goal is to aggregate and expand existing competencies in Hesse and to build an internationally visible AI innovation ecosystem that understands the region’s cutting-edge AI research as a source of sustainable high-tech and deep-tech startups, produces successful startups, and acts as a point of attraction for talent, investors, and companies.