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Initiative to support GPU computing startups

Posted: 12 Mar 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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NVIDIA Corp. has launched the GPU Ventures Program, a new global initiative whose aim is to identify, support and invest in early stage companies leveraging the GPU for visual and other computing applications. NVIDIA is also launching the GPU Venture Zone Website, a portal to publicly showcase the GPU applications being developed by its ecosystem partners.

"The GPU Ventures Program represents a huge opportunity for young ambitious companies basing their businesses around the GPU. These companies are the innovators that will fuel the continued growth of the GPU platform," said Jeff Herbst, VP of business development at NVIDIA. "Through this program, we will provide financial, marketing and other support to help startup companies realize their full potential and we strongly encourage interested entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and others to reach out to us with their ideas."

Through the GPU Ventures Program, NVIDIA intends to evaluate companies that leverage the GPU for both consumer and professional applications in all areas such as video and image enhancement, scientific discovery, financial analysis and 3D interfaces. Investments are expected to range from $500,000 to $5 million, and strategic partnerships are expected to span joint marketing, joint development, product distribution and beyond.

"NVIDIA's supportthrough investment, strategic partnership and joint marketinghas helped us to raise additional capital and gain customer visibility much more quickly," said Sam Blackman, CEO of Elemental Technologies. "We share NVIDIA's passion for using the GPU as a parallel processor, for more than just graphics, and we actively encourage other companies interested in this exciting market to join the visual computing ecosystem."

In addition to Elemental Technologies, NVIDIA has also invested in startups including Acceleware, Keyhole Corp. (acquired by Google for Google Earth), Mental Images (acquired by NVIDIA), MotionDSP and Right Hemisphere. These companies were among 60 other startups that met with key figures in the investment and technical community at NVIDIA's 2008 Emerging Companies Summit.

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