In front of an audience of 150 VCs, bankers, and members of the GPU ecosystem, NVIDIA this week awarded its coveted “One to Watch” awards to the five most promising startups from a field of three dozen companies in this year’s Emerging Companies Summit.
The firms – which each received $80,000 in prizes — were selected by a panel of expert judges on the basis of their commercial viability and their prospects to scale into a substantial business.
This year’s One to Watch winners were:
- Holografika (Hungary) – Holographic display technology
- SQream (Israel) – GPU database engine
- Mainframe2 (U.S.) – Cloud-based workstation software
- Xfire (U.S.) – Game development platform
- AudioStreamTV (U.S.) – Audio-visual image processing for mobile
Each received a trophy, $15,000 in legal services from Cooley, 12 months of Microsoft’s Windows Azure for BizSpark Plus valued at $60,000, and an NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU.
They join an illustrious group of winners in previous years, including: Oculus Rift (acquired this week by Facebook for $2 billion); Splashtop, which allows easy remote access to a PC or Mac from any device; and Elemental Technologies, which streams the Olympics and Major League Baseball (among other sports) to mobile devices.
The Emerging Companies Summit – which is a highlight of the annual GPU Technology Conference – was sponsored this year by Cooley LLC, Microsoft, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Crestlight Ventures, TechLabs, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley and VentureBeat.