With an aim to acknowledge India’s potential for artificial intelligence innovation, Nvidia has launched their Inception program in the country. The launch took place at the inaugural Nvidia Emerging Companies Summit India, an event which brings together the brightest minds and greatest ideas in GPU computing. The summit is a part of the GPU Technology Conference (GTCx). As per the folks at Nvidia, Inception is a virtual incubator program to support startups with revolutionary ideas in AI.

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The Nvidia Emerging Companies Summit India is said to be the only event in India aimed at startups specializing in artificial intelligence. The event brought together 12 visionary startups in AI, virtual reality, autonomous vehicles and robotics with leading tech investors, including Rajan Anandan, Vice President for South East Asia and India at Google. The Inception Program already has close to 100 Indian startups as members.

The Nvidia Inception Program offers direct access to GPU Technology, Deep Learning Expertise, Network Support. Members will receive a custom set of benefits, from hardware grants and marketing support to training with deep learning experts.  Inception provides innovative GPU startups with key support to help grow their businesses and bring revolutionary products to market faster.

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Custom benefits include access to:

  • The latest Nvidia deep learning technologies – early access to the latest GPU hardware, as well as the Nvidia Deep Learning SDK, the Nvidia DIGITS deep learning GPU training System, the Nvidia GPU Inference Engine and more.
  • Deep learning expertise – access to Nvidia’s deep learning experts and world-class engineering teams, which include computational mathematicians who specialize in designing algorithms for GPU-accelerated computing platforms.
  • Nvidia’s global network – customers, partners and suppliers, and Nvidia marketing reach.
  • Technical training – online and in-person courses via the Nvidia Deep Learning Institute.
  • Funding – qualified companies may be eligible for funding through Nvidia’s GPU Ventures Program.

On the occasion, Vishal Dhupar, Managing Director – South Asia, Nvidia said that Artificial Intelligence has gone from science fiction to reality thanks to a new computing model: graphics processing unit (GPU)-accelerated deep learning. The company believes that the next generation of breakthroughs in technology and business will be driven by the AI startup community. He further added that young India’s aspirations, ideas and potential are global in scale, and they are excited to amplify the imagination and intelligence of the country’s brightest minds through the Inception Program and the Emerging Companies Summit.