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Call for Applications Opens

Monday, August 22, 2016

Call for Applications Closes at 11:59 PM (Pacific)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Final Notifications Sent By

Friday, February 3, 2017

Submit your work by January 20, 2017.

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


ECS features an "Early Stage Challenge", where 12 leading start-ups are selected to present their innovative work for a chance to win a $100,000.00 grand prize. After each presentation is 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!


Invaluable exposure for you and your company with GTC attendees, top news reporters and venture capitalists.
All accepted applications are offered a free demonstration space at the GTC 2017 Exhibition Hall to present amazing product demos and network with 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. The deadline to submit is Friday, January 20, 2017.


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 but not limited to machine learning, visualization, computing, cloud/data center, computer vision, gaming, automotive and mobile segments.
All accepted applications will be offered:
Free demonstration space at 2017 GPU Technology Conference (May 8-11, 2017)
Invitation to the Emerging Companies Summit (ECS) awards dinner(May 10, 2017)
Invitation to the CEO Summit at ECS (May 10, 2017)
12 accepted applications will be selected as finalists to present on stage during the Emerging Companies Summit on May 10, 2017. At the end of the presentation, the panel and the audience will vote to elect the company that has the best prospects for commercial success. The winning company will receive a check for $100,000 USD.
CEO's from the 12 finalists will be allowed 4 minutes of presentation and 4 minutes of interaction with the judging panel. (See 2016 presentations here).
CEO's are required to participate in presentation coaching sessions.
Topics: Select up to three topics from a dropdown list of pre-approved topic areas.
Company Profile: Provide a concise description of your company for use on the GTC website. Maximum 100 characters.
Company Profile: Short single line description of business and Market segment (10 words):
Single line short description of business and Market segment. (10 words)
Extended Company Profile: Use this section to provide additional details about your company. This will not be used on the Emerging Companies Summit website.
Date Founded:
Company Mailing Address:
Company Website URL:
Number of Employees:
Short description of business and Market segment:
Which vertical industries do you serve:
The status of your product development: Production; Customer Evaluation; Prototype; Development
Your company's total revenue last year ($USD):
Your expected revenue growth for the upcoming year (as a %):
Investor Name(s):
Capital Raised ($USD):
CEO Name (First, Last): 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: To be considered, the Presenter Agreement must be completed.
Permission to Webcast and/or Record: A confirmation of whether or not you agree to record and/or webcast your presentation is needed.
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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