Chapter 6

Best Places To Work: AI Startups

Artificial Intelligence is an amazing thing. And there are so many Midwest startups and tech companies using AI to innovate in the mobility industry, learning programs, video, and more. 

Midwest AI startups in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus are making names for themselves as top startups and innovators—and as top employers. 

Challenging problems, creative solutions, energetic people, amazing benefits—these are just some of the reasons why people love working at these AI startups and tech companies. Find out which ones are the best places to work. 


Midwest Tech: Best AI Startups


Argo AI

argo ai logoPittsburgh, Detroit
1,000-5,000 employees

Based in Pittsburgh with offices around the country, including Detroit, Argo AI is a rapidly growing AI startup developing self-driving technology. The company made some strategic partnerships with Ford and Volkswagen, and they've established themselves as a top startup—and a great place to work. Here’s why people at Argo AI love working there:

  • Smart people
  • Great tech stack, fun work
  • High impact potential
  • Clear mission
  • Communication is rewarded
  • Good leadership



amesite logoAnn Arbor
1 - 50 employees

Amesite is a software company in Ann Arbor using AI to improve learning. Founded by Ann Marie Sastry, a top female founder in the Midwest, Amesite is on a mission to make learning more affordable, accessible and engaging. 2020 was a big year for the company. In September, Amesite went public (AMST) and the company has continued to grow. What makes Amesite one the best places to work in the Midwest? Check it out:

  • CEO dedicated to the team’s learning & growth
  • Supportive environment
  • Passionate people who care about the mission
  • Transparency
  • Opportunity for growth and ownership


1 - 50 employees

Integral is a Detroit startup that's bringing software excellence to the automotive industry. They're passionate about their work, and about making the world a better place. Which also puts them on the list as one of the best places to work in the Midwest. Here are few other highlights:

  • Professional development & engineering growth opportunities
  • Interesting tech stack
  • Great people
  • Community building and ongoing learning via meetups

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Path Robotics

path robotics logo
51 - 200 employees

Path Robotics is a Columbus startup that's developing and deploying an intelligent robotic welding system. They're driven by their mission to "build robots so that humans can create." They're also building one of the best places to work. Here's what the Path Robotics team loves about working there:

  • Autonomy in your work and the chance to make meaningful contributions
  • Lots of opportunity to grow and learn
  • Real sense of camaraderie



physna logoCincinnati
1 - 50 employees

Physna is a Cincinnati startup that's been in the news for its recent funding round of $20 million. The company is building geometric deep learning technology that analyzes and digitizes 3D objects. They're also building one of the best places to work in the Midwest:

  • Opportunity to work on cutting-edge and innovative technology
  • Leadership is encouraging and supportive
  • Great pay and benefits
  • Each employee gets a professional development budget for training and memberships
  • Welcoming and inclusive team



Voxel51 LogoAnn Arbor
1 - 50 employees

Voxel51 is an Ann Arbor startup that allows computer vision data scientists to rapidly curate and experiment with their datasets in order to build higher performing machine learning systems. They’re a growing AI startup and have become one of the best places to work in Ann Arbor and the Midwest:

  • Flexibility
  • Good people
  • Interesting problems


May Mobility

May Mobility logo
Ann Arbor
51 - 200 employees

Based in Ann Arbor, May Mobility is an AI startup that’s growing its presence around the country—and even the world. They are developing and deploying autonomous shuttles that make transportation more sustainable and accessible. “Mayniacs,” as the people at May Mobility lovingly call themselves, love working at one of the best places—here’s just a few reasons why:

  • Leadership cares
  • Team oriented
  • Good people
  • Ability to have an impact



aware logoColumbus
11 - 50 employees

Aware is a Columbus startup that’s building risk-management technology  powered by accurate, conversation-based behavior AI. The company gained a bit of attention last year as the world shifted to remote models of work and demand grew for Aware’s solutions for collaboration data (think: Slack, Microsoft Teams, etc.). They’ve been growing and have become one of the best places to work in the Midwest. Here’s why people love working at this AI startup:

  • Collaborative and creative culture
  • Freedom to take risks
  • Passionate, enthusiastic and fun people
  • Competitive Pay


Related: Top venture capital funding for Midwest tech startups in 2020



remesh logoCleveland
51 - 200 employees

Remesh is a New York City tech company that has expanded into the Midwest with a vibrant Cleveland office. This AI startup is creating technology that offers qualitative insights gathered from a live conversation with your audience at sale. The company has rapidly grown and is one of the best AI tech companies to work at. Here’s what “Remeshers” love about working there:

  • Talented team
  • Leadership that encourages growth
  • Every voice matters
  • Transparent leadership
  • Stipend for ongoing learning
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