Meta launches a program for European start-ups in France

Meta launches a program for European start-ups in France
Meta launches a program for European start-ups in France

Meta announced on Monday the launch in France of a new program dedicated to open source artificial intelligence (AI) for European start-ups, which are struggling to remain competitive, according to the American giant.

“We have a real problem in Europe, we are being overtaken at full speed by the United States and China,” Nick Clegg, former British deputy prime minister and responsible for affairs, told AFP. international Meta.

“For too long, we thought that Europe’s only role was to regulate, while China copied and America innovated,” he continued. “We do not achieve success through regulations but through innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships between tech giants and small start-ups, which corresponds to the ambitions of this program,” added M Clegg.

Launched in partnership with Scaleway, an Iliad subsidiary dedicated to the provision of cloud computing services, and the French gem Hugging Face, a collaborative platform for artificial intelligence models, this new program will support five European start-ups from September 2024 to February 2025.

They will benefit from “technical mentoring from researchers at FAIR, Meta’s artificial intelligence research laboratory, access to the Hugging Face platform and tools and the computing power of Scaleway,” said a communicated.

The idea being that the lucky winners, who have until August 16 to apply and will be hosted at the Station F campus in Paris, will develop their services based on Meta’s open source AI models.

The company had already spearheaded a similar program in January. Mark Zuckerberg’s company champions the “open source” approach (free access to programming code) in Silicon Valley, unlike its competitors like OpenAI, accused of being black boxes.

“The more open you are about technology, the easier it is for everyone to identify errors and correct them,” detailed Nick Clegg. “It’s more democratic and means that a technology is not controlled only by a handful of American companies,” he added.

Meta announced on Monday the launch in France of a new program dedicated to open source artificial intelligence (AI) for European start-ups, which are struggling to remain competitive, according to the American giant.

“We have a real problem in Europe, we are being overtaken at full speed by the United States and…

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