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Now in its eighth year, the Emerging Companies Summit (ECS) provides companies an opportunity to share their technologies that utilize the power of GPUs related to deep learning, visualization, computing, games, cloud and mobile, among others.


ECS features an "Early Stage Challenge", where 12 leading start-ups will be selected to present their innovative work for a chance to win a $100,000.00 grand prize. After each presentation has been completed, a distinguished panel of judges will challenge presenters with questions and provide insightful feedback. To share in the excitement, as part of the audience, YOU, will have the opportunity to help the judges select the one winning start-up company!


Priceless exposure to you and your company with GTC attendees, top news reporters and venture capitalists.
All accepted applications will be offered a free demonstration space at GTC 2017 exhibition hall where they will present amazing product demos and participate in networking among companies, investors, key decision makers, and leading consumer, business and trade press.

If you are interested in applying to the Early Stage Challenge, please read the rules below and click the submit button. Stay tuned for the 2017 deadline to submit.


The Early Stage Challenge is open to seed-funded companies that have raised no more than $1 million in total capital.
Applications must use or plan to use GPU technology related to a variety of market segments including but not limited to gaming, visualization, computing, cloud/data center, computer vision, machine learning, automotive and mobile.
All accepted applications will be offered:
Free demonstration space at 2017 GPU Technology Conference
Invitation to the Emerging Companies Summit (ECS) awards dinner
Invitation to the CEO Summit at ECS
12 accepted applications will be selected as finalists to present on stage during the Emerging Companies Summit. At the end of the presentation, the panel and the audience will vote to elect the company that has the highest likelihood for commercial success. The winning company will receive a check for $100,000 USD.
CEO's from the 12 finalists will be allowed 4 minutes of presentation and 4 minutes of interaction with the judging panel. (See 2016 presentations here).
CEO's are required to participate in presentation coaching sessions.
Topics: Select up to three topics from a dropdown list of pre-approved topic areas.
Company Profile: Provide a detailed description of your company for use on the GTC website. Maximum 100 characters.
Extended Company Profile: Use this section to provide additional details about your company. This will not be used on the Emerging Companies Summit website.
Date Founded
Company Mailing Address
Company Website URL
Number of Employees:
Which vertical industries do you serve?
What is the status of your product development? Production; Customer Evaluation; Prototype; Development
What was your company's total revenue last year ($USD)?
What is your expected revenue growth for the upcoming year (as a %)?
Investor Name(s):
Capital Raised ($USD)
CEO Name (First, Last): Please note that the CEO must be the Presenter
CEO Headshot: No less than 1800x2700px and no more than 2400x3000px. Maximum file size: 32 MB.
Presenter Agreement: In order to be considered, the Presenter Agreement must be completed.
Permission to Webcast and/or Record: In order to be considered we need your confirmation of whether we can or cannot record and/or webcast your presentation.
Supporting materials: Provide supplemental information that supports your application. You can upload additional materials, including white papers, images, demo videos, presentation files, etc., in the "Upload Files and Documents" section below.


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