by Alain Tiquet

One of the toughest challenges for startups is getting the right advice and investment to grow their business. The good news is that CEOs will have an opportunity to meet with hundreds of technologists, investors, analysts and executives at the GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley this fall.

The GPU Technology Conference (GTC) is the premier event to learn what companies are doing to solve visual and high-performance computing challenges. The Emerging Companies Track of GTC allows start-ups to showcase their GPU-enabled technologies to industry heavy-hitters like Adobe, Google, HP, Microsoft, and Qualcomm as well as major investors like Barclays Capital, CITI Group, Sutter Hill, and UBS.

This year we’re debuting a new session called “CEO on Stage.” A select group of CEOs will be chosen to introduce their company in front of a panel of analysts, investors and technology leaders in a spirited 15 minute session. The audience will include technology executives and members from the venture capital community. The deadline to submit your application is Aug. 1.

In addition to the exposure and strategic opportunities at the Emerging Companies Track, five companies will also receive awards including legal services and high-performance NVIDIA Tesla processors valued at more than $75,000.

Last year’s “One to Watch” award winner Milabra made quite an impression with its GPU-powered online image analysis. Milabra was recently named to the prestigious Always On East Top 100 private companies list, and was one of only 21 winners in the Digital Media category.

Sam Cox, CEO at Milabra, told us that “The Emerging Companies Summit is a can’t-miss event for the GPU computing ecosystem. We attended last year and found the conference provides great opportunities for companies to get valuable feedback from fellow entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and analysts. We’re excited to be back and give an update on how we're using GPU-based pattern recognition to improve online advertising results.”

If you’re interested in The Emerging Companies Summit register today and take advantage of the early bird discount rates before Aug. 1. And, if you’d like to be a CEO on Stage presenter, submit your application before August 1st. See you in September in San Jose!

The GPU Technology Conference (GTC) takes place Sept. 20-23, 2010 at the San Jose Convention. You can stay up to date by following the GTC blog RSS feed, signing up for our email list or joining our GTC Facebook fan page