, Interview with Managing Director Tak Lo

tak_loA new program to grow startups working in the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence space across Asia has just been launched.
Beginning in Fall 2016 (first deadline: September, 25th), will run for 12 weeks, providing startups with financing and access to a global network of AI/ML entrepreneurs, experts, and investors.
In conjunction with the launch of the program, we reached Managing Director Tak Lo, who answered our questions about the new adventure.

FinSMEs: Hi Tak, can you tell us a bit more about you?
I’m the Managing Director of, an accelerator program focused on AI/ML startups. Previously I was at Techstars London and NYC, working with over 50 companies.

FinSMEs: Now Zeroth.AI. Why? Which challenge do you want to face?
: I believe that AI/ML will be the future of tech development in the next 5-10 years. I believe in proliferating as many talented entrepreneurs to build on top of it.

FinSMEs: Which market opportunity do you want to take?
: AI/ML early stage startups. Strictly.

FinSMEs: What are you specifically looking for?
: Teams are the most important thing. With a great team – anything is possible. Without one – nothing is possible.

FinSMEs: How does the program work?
: $20K USD, 3 months of work, and then demo day at the end.

FinSMEs: Generally speaking, what do you like to see in startup founders?
: Tenacity is the most important thing for me. I was a military person before getting into startups – and I want to see founders that can be gritty.

FinSMEs: How do you plan to help them grow during the program?
: By focusing on growth first and foremost.

FinSMEs: Can you introduce your teammates in this new adventure?
: Michael Ortolano and Adam Huang. Michael is a Techstars alumni, having gone through the program a year ago. Adam has worked with two accelerators in Hong Kong.

FinSMEs: What about Hong Kong as a startup/entrepreneurial ecosystem? Is it exciting?
: It’s only got one direction to go – upwards.



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