Professor Ajay Agrawal Version 2

The Economics of Artificial Intelligence

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Professor Ajay Agrawal

Professor Ajay Agrawal is an award-winning professor, researcher, writer, and presenter on machine learning and the economics of artificial intelligence.

Ajay Agrawal is the Geoffrey Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Agrawal is founder of Creative Destruction Lab, co-founder of NextAI NEXT Canada, and Academic Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is also co-founder of an annual conference, held at the University of Toronto, on the business of artificial intelligence, “Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence.”

Agrawal is a co-author of the book ‘Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence’ (released in April 2018) which is currently on the non-fiction best-sellers list of Amazon CanadaSee below for more details.


Prediction Machines Book: The Simple Economics of A.I.

What does AI mean for your business? Read this book to find out.
— Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google
The new wave of artificial intelligence does not actually bring us intelligence but instead a critical component of intelligence—prediction.
— Professor Ajay Agrawal

Work Related to Artificial Intelligence

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Creative Destruction Lab

Professor Agrawal is the founder of the Creative Destruction Lab, a hugely successful seed stage program currently hosted at 6 North American universities. 

CDL-Toronto includes 3 streams related to AI: Artificial Intelligence, AI-Blockchain, & Quantum.

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NextAI & Next Canada

Professor Agrawal is the co-founder of NextAI & Next Canada.

NextAI is an accelerator and founder development program for early or idea stage AI-enabled startups.

NextAI is delivered in Toronto & Montreal.

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Machine Learning & Market for Intelligence Conference

Professor Agrawal is the co-founder and co-chair of the Machine Learning & Market for Intelligence Conference held annually at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.


Awards & Recognition

Agrawal was awarded Professor of the Year seven times by MBA classes at the Rotman School of Management, the Martin-Lang Award for Excellence in Teaching, and most recently the Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award in 2017.

The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine named Agrawal to its 2017 “Power 50” list of the most influential Canadians to watch, calling him “a key contributor to Toronto’s emergence as a world-class technology ecosystem.” 

His co-founded company, Kindred AI, was featured at number 29 on MIT Technology Review’s 2017 list of smartest companies in the world.


Professor Ajay Agrawal writes for or has been featured in the following publications: