Programme Management

  • Machine Intelligence Garage programme is delivered by Digital Catapult as part of the CAP-AI project and is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund
  • Digital Catapult is managing the Open Call process and will be in contact with the applicants about the outcome of their applications

Your contact details

  • You will appoint a main contact for the programme (lead applicant). This will be our main point of contact for jointly defining the shape of your programme activities, workshop and programme commitment, team members’ availability, ongoing activities, and assessment of progress.
  • Your contact details will only be used by us and only to contact you for the purposes of processing your application and, if your application is successful, to contact you in the future for help with measuring our impact on your business and the wider economy.
  • During the programme, we may share your contact details with other participants on the programme, if you have opted in for this use of your data as part of your application.
  • After the Open Call, you may be contacted about other relevant activities taking place at Digital Catapult, if you have opted in for this at sign-up stage.


Application Process

  • All applications must be submitted within the specified deadline on the Open Call page. New deadlines are aimed to be published approximately every six weeks during the duration of the programme,  which is funded for three years.
  • Once your application has been received, Digital Catapult will send you a confirmation receipt by email. If you do not get a receipt via email within 24 working hours of sending your application please email us at 
  • Initial application assessment is based on the information provided as a response to the Open Call and is scored using the following criteria: Click here to view the scoring criteria.
  • Your application will be reviewed and scored by the programme team and based on the score they received, the Digital Catapult may select some or all of the applicants to take through to the next assessment stage.
  • Applicants will then be invited to a telephone interview, video interview or demo at Digital Catapult. Digital Catapult may select some or all of the applicants to take through to the next assessment stage.
  • Applicants will then be contacted by one or two members of Digital Catapult’s convened Ethics Committee, which will use your application to (i) contact you and discuss your application and business proposal, and (ii) assess your application from an ethical perspective on behalf of Digital Catapult.
  • Based on the outcomes of the entire application process, and subject to Digital Catapult’s due diligence checks, successful applicants will be selected for the cohort and a computation plan will be agreed with each team.
  • Successful applicants will be asked to sign a simple participation agreement with us that explains the terms of our collaboration.
  • Please note that the application form requests that you provide us with some limited information about your business.  The business data requested is to enable Digital Catapult to maintain a baseline on which it undertakes future measurement of possible impact.
  • All companies accepted on the cohort must agree to the terms of the collaboration agreement and the terms and conditions from our partners (available on request).
  • We will aim to provide short feedback to all applicants.


Impact Measurement

  • Digital Catapult is an independent organisation in receipt of public sector funding. To ensure we are effectively able to measure and monitor our contribution to the wider UK economy we collect business data on a periodic basis. By participating in this programme you agree, on behalf of your company, to co-operate with us periodically over the course of the programme and for a fixed period (not to exceed 5 years afterwards) for the purpose of collecting up-to-date business data to support our measurement and reporting of potential impact.



  • The confidential information provided in your application will be kept confidential and will not be used or disclosed except as required to assess your application, provide support during the programme, and use for Catapult’s Impact Measurement.
  • As your application form is being transmitted over the internet, ultimately we cannot guarantee its security.
  • However, we have in place robust measures to ensure your security and are cyber-essentials certified.


Application assessment criteria

  • All applications will be reviewed based on the below application components:
    • Business plan
      You have a well defined and viable product or service
    • Early stage
      You are an early or very early stage company
    • Ethics
      You have assessed the ethical impacts of your solution
    • Tech plan
      You have the tech expertise, team and an implementation plan
    • Data ready
      You have the necessary data at hand ready to be used
    • Immediate need
      You have an immediate need to access computation power* Please note, that if your data contains personal data then currently we cannot host it in Digital Catapult. All other resources of the programme will be available for you, provided you are successful in your application.
  • For details about the scoring criteria please click here
  • Please note, additional terms and conditions for eligibility may apply from our partners and collaborators.


Computation Power Access Terms

  • A computation plan will be agreed with successful applicants based on the information provided in the application form and interview process.
    Please note, we cannot guarantee your preferred choice of computation.
  • Successful applicants will not use the computation resource or facility provided for any activity that is unlawful. The applicants shall abide by all applicable local, national and international laws and regulations and be solely responsible for all acts or omissions that occur with respect to your data and or under your account or password, including the content of your transmissions through or related to , the computation resource or facility.
  • Digital Catapult reserves the right to suspend or terminate your use of the computation resource or facility at any time for any reason and without liability.


Access to facilities and workspace

  • Desk space is not included in this programme.



  • The terms and conditions are subject to change without specific notice to you. Please ensure you read the terms and conditions before applying
  • We accept no liability for any consequences, whether direct or indirect, that may arise from your participation, your reliance on any statements we may have made about the programme, or its suspension or withdrawal.


Due diligence

  • We will carry out due diligence on lead companies/organisations at the point of selection onto the programme and you must be willing to submit documentation upon request.


Intellectual Property

  • We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask our collaborators to do the same. The unauthorised posting, reproduction, copying, distribution, modification, public display or public performance of copyrighted works constitutes infringement of the copyright owner’s rights. As a condition of your use of this site, the computation resource or facility, you agree not to infringe the intellectual property rights of others in any way.
  • You promise that you have and continue to have all necessary rights, licenses, permission and consent to provide the content in your application to us.
  • Your application will be screened privately by Digital Catapult and the judging panel. We will not remove from applications any proprietary labels or copyright assertions. Unsuccessful applications will be deleted from our systems at the conclusion of the programme. For practical reasons, please don’t ask us or our partners to sign an NDA. We can only achieve these kinds of activities if we have the trust of the tech community so it is not in our interest to release or take a share in any of your IP.


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The programme is delivered by Digital catapult as part of a CAP-AI project and is part funded through the European Regional Development Fund.