Intel Ignite Expands to Austin, Texas, and Munich, Germany

Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 14, 2020 – Intel announced today the launch of two additional Intel Ignite sites in Austin, Texas, and Munich, Germany, following its success in Tel Aviv, Israel. Intel Ignite is Intel’s startup growth program launched in 2019. This is the first stage of expansion that will establish the program in multiple cities throughout Europe, North America and Asia.

Intel Ignite is a 12-week program for 10 early-stage startups that will receive hands-on mentorship from Intel and world-leading experts. Participating companies will gain access to technology and business leaders, as well as the knowledge, network and association that come with being accepted into one of the world’s most challenging and competitive startup programs.

“Intel’s purpose is to create world-changing technologies that enrich the lives of every person on Earth,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “We launched Ignite in 2019 both to support early-stage companies on their journey to success and to provide Intel employees with an opportunity to advance our purpose. In its first year, the Ignite program’s achievements have far surpassed our expectations and because of its proven, strategic impact, we are expanding its reach.”

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A photo shows the Intel Ignite startup selection committee in Israel. In September 2020, Intel announced the launch of Intel Ignite sites in Austin, Texas, and Munich, Germany, following its success in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

The Intel Ignite team chose to establish programs in Austin and Munich because both cities are home to Intel sites with top-tier startup ecosystems featuring a high concentration of innovation, technology and talent. Intel Ignite has completed two successful cohorts in Israel representing startups from a range of industries, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and the internet of things, all areas where Intel can provide deep expertise and guidance — from engineering to manufacturing to marketing — as well as industry connections.

The program is currently accepting applications for the third cohort in Tel Aviv. The Ignite program in Munich and Austin will start in the first half of 2021. Munich’s applications will open in 2020’s fourth quarter to applicants from across Europe; Austin’s will open in 2021’s first quarter to applicants from across the U.S. All three programs will have a physical base at the center of their local startup ecosystem. The selection process and complete program will be delivered virtually while operating under pandemic guidelines.

Criteria for interested companies include a minimum of $1 million in funding (seed, series A), an experienced founding team, significant IP and a large market opportunity. Startups must be in the technology sector. Intel Ignite will not take equity from startups as part of this program. To apply, visit www.intel.com/ignite.

“Ignite was created to help startups realize their potential and to connect them with leading Intel experts. We are expanding the program to multiple countries so that we can work with a diverse array of startups tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges,” said Intel Ignite General Manager Tzahi (Zack) Weisfeld. “The startups we look for are fearless, pave new paths and are not afraid of taking bold steps. Intel employees engaging with the startups in Ignite are challenged to work more nimbly and creatively, and they gain perspective on how other companies and entrepreneurs operate, producing fast results and significant business outcomes.” For more information, visit www.intel.com/ignite.

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Intel Announces Program for Israeli Startups Targeting Tech Inflections

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From Left: Tzahi (Zack) Weisfeld, general manager and managing director of Ignite; Avner Goren, Intel vice president in the Architecture, Graphics and Software Group; Bob Swan, Intel chief executive officer; and Yaniv Garty, general manager of Intel Israel; gather for a photo after the announcement of Intel’s Ignite program on Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Credit: Ezra Levi)
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TEL AVIV, Israel, June 16, 2019 – Intel Corporation today announced a program to advance open innovation and accelerate early-stage startup companies in Israel targeting key industry inflection points, including artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems and other data-centric technologies and business models.

Based in Tel Aviv, the program called Ignite will leverage Intel’s global market access and business and technology leadership to provide early-stage startups with unique advantages on their paths to disrupt the future. Following a rigorous selection process, Intel will host 10 to 15 top pre-seed to seed startups through a 20-week program where they will receive hands-on mentorship from Intel and industry experts in a variety of product, business, management and technical areas. Intel is committed to accelerate their growth and scale their ideas for greater impact.

“Intel has always worked in concert with open ecosystems to scale new technologies so they can be transformational for our customers, business and society. This process is fueled by the innovation and passion of the startup community,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “Israel has the deep skill base in AI, autonomous systems and the underlying technologies critical to these inflections that make it a natural choice to launch our Ignite program.”

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Tzahi (Zack) Weisfeld will serve as general manager and managing director of Ignite. (Credit: Aviram Valdman for Soda Creative)
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The Ignite program will begin operations in Israel this year, with plans to scale to additional countries over time. Diversity will be an important guiding principle of Ignite, with startups established, owned and run by different representatives of Israel’s diversified social mix. Intel has no plans to seek equity in or rights to intellectual property from these companies.

Tzahi (Zack) Weisfeld, former global head of Microsoft for Startups, will serve as general manager and managing director of Ignite, reporting to Yaniv Garty, general manager of Intel Israel. Weisfeld will be assisted by Avner Goren, Intel vice president in the Architecture, Graphics and Software Group, who will connect the Ignite program to the technical community inside Intel.

Of the Ignite program, Garty said: “As Israel’s largest high-tech company, we want to support the major technological changes emerging across our startup community. Ignite is an important step in this direction, focused on our efforts to transform the world through working on innovations in AI, autonomous, cyber and next-generation computing. With our advances in these areas, Intel is positioned to help companies charge forward. I’m confident that Intel’s unique expertise in hardware, software and manufacturing will help the startups grow and succeed. The fact that Intel is a large corporation with over 100,000 employees worldwide and very substantial Israeli presence (12,000 employees including subsidiary Mobileye) will greatly help the companies taking part in this program.”

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Intel Announces Program for Israeli Startups Targeting Tech Inflections

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From Left: Tzahi (Zack) Weisfeld, general manager and managing director of Ignite; Avner Goren, Intel vice president in the Architecture, Graphics and Software Group; Bob Swan, Intel chief executive officer; and Yaniv Garty, general manager of Intel Israel; gather for a photo after the announcement of Intel’s Ignite program on Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Credit: Ezra Levi)
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TEL AVIV, Israel, June 16, 2019 – Intel Corporation today announced a program to advance open innovation and accelerate early-stage startup companies in Israel targeting key industry inflection points, including artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems and other data-centric technologies and business models.

Based in Tel Aviv, the program called Ignite will leverage Intel’s global market access and business and technology leadership to provide early-stage startups with unique advantages on their paths to disrupt the future. Following a rigorous selection process, Intel will host 10 to 15 top pre-seed to seed startups through a 20-week program where they will receive hands-on mentorship from Intel and industry experts in a variety of product, business, management and technical areas. Intel is committed to accelerate their growth and scale their ideas for greater impact.

“Intel has always worked in concert with open ecosystems to scale new technologies so they can be transformational for our customers, business and society. This process is fueled by the innovation and passion of the startup community,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “Israel has the deep skill base in AI, autonomous systems and the underlying technologies critical to these inflections that make it a natural choice to launch our Ignite program.”

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Tzahi (Zack) Weisfeld will serve as general manager and managing director of Ignite. (Credit: Aviram Valdman for Soda Creative)
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The Ignite program will begin operations in Israel this year, with plans to scale to additional countries over time. Diversity will be an important guiding principle of Ignite, with startups established, owned and run by different representatives of Israel’s diversified social mix. Intel has no plans to seek equity in or rights to intellectual property from these companies.

Tzahi (Zack) Weisfeld, former global head of Microsoft for Startups, will serve as general manager and managing director of Ignite, reporting to Yaniv Garty, general manager of Intel Israel. Weisfeld will be assisted by Avner Goren, Intel vice president in the Architecture, Graphics and Software Group, who will connect the Ignite program to the technical community inside Intel.

Of the Ignite program, Garty said: “As Israel’s largest high-tech company, we want to support the major technological changes emerging across our startup community. Ignite is an important step in this direction, focused on our efforts to transform the world through working on innovations in AI, autonomous, cyber and next-generation computing. With our advances in these areas, Intel is positioned to help companies charge forward. I’m confident that Intel’s unique expertise in hardware, software and manufacturing will help the startups grow and succeed. The fact that Intel is a large corporation with over 100,000 employees worldwide and very substantial Israeli presence (12,000 employees including subsidiary Mobileye) will greatly help the companies taking part in this program.”

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Startups, Led by Crowdsourced Mapping Company, Talk About Their Not-So-Secret Weapon: GPUs

While our GPU Technology Conference events often focus the biggest names in technology, there’s glory for some of the newest names, as well.

Our maiden GTC Europe — which this week flows over several floors in Amsterdam’s glass-walled Passenger Terminal to the North Sea — is showcasing startups using GPUs from across the Continent in the latest edition of our Emerging Companies Summit.

After eight years, we have the formula for ECS down cold: Find fresh companies doing awesome things with GPUs. Put them in front of investors, analysts, and potential customers. And stir things up by holding a competition for bragging rights for being named the most promising — while throwing in the right incentives.

This round, a half dozen companies, winnowed down from a list of more than 20, stood and delivered before a group of industry leaders, including VCs; the eminence gris of  industry analysts, Jon Peddie; and an NVIDIA exec. Amid tough competition, a 20-person Swedish company, Mapillary, took home the prize, describing its plans to create detailed maps of the world through crowdsourcing.

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Pictured: Analyst Jon Peddie, NVIDIA’s Alain Tiquet, Mapillary CEO Jan-Erik Solem, and NVIDIA’s Serge Lemonde.

“A fundamental piece in making cars and cities smarter is using map data, said CEO and co-founder Jan-Erik Solem, a former computer vision professor at Lund University. “There’s no scalable way to capture this, so we’re crowdsourcing images to introduce scalability in image collecting and scalability in data extraction.”

The company uses community members worldwide to deploy cameras — ranging from smartphones and GoPros to professional DSLRs — to take photos and video that get stitched together using its sophisticated computer vision technology. With more than  1.9 million km of roads already mapped in more than 180 countries, Mapillary has customers that range from municipalities, which need to monitor street signs and trees, to the World Bank, which keeps tabs on conditions in developing countries.

For winning ECS, Solem received an NVIDIA Telsa P100 GPU accelerator designed for artificial intelligence; $120,000 in credit for Microsoft Azure cloud services; and a free trip to Silicon Valley where he’ll get a chance to compete at the main GPU Technology conference for up to $100,000 cash.

Mapillary is heading in the right direction.

Over the years, ECS has given the world a first look at startups such as Oculus Rift, which was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion; Gaikai, acquired by Sony for $380 million; Natural Motion, snapped up by Zynga for $527 million; and Magic Pony Technology, which was purchased by Twitter for $150 million.

The other five companies presenting at this week’s Amsterdam event included:

  • AI build — CEO Daghan Cam described the company’s work developing AI and robotic fabrication technologies to make manufacturing and construction easy, smart, accessible and affordable
  • DreamQuark — CEO Nicolas Meric presented his firm’s efforts to help insurance, financial sevices and healthcare companies create value from the massive amounts of data they have stored.
  • Loop AI — CEO GM Calafiore talked about Loop’s application of using  a DL Cognitive Technology applying Human Capacity to po//wer Robotic Process Automation and Augmenting the capacity of current employees.
  • Reliability Solutions — Mateusz Marzec, CEO, talked about using deep learning to predict when preventative maintenance is required to avoid failures of machines and equipment.
  • Vidi — CTO Reto Wyss described how the firm’s software uses image analysis based on deep learning for machine vision focused on the pharmaceutical, auto, medical and textile industries.

 

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Chip Shot: Intel Education, Intel Capital Invest in 8 Ed-Tech Startups with Accelerator Program

Intel Education and Intel Capital today announced the first eight member companies for the Intel Education Accelerator, a four-month program to help ed-tech startups transform education for student success. Beating out nearly 200 other global applicants, the selected startups will receive guidance from experts in tech, business and education; secure investments of up to $100,000 each from Intel Capital; and leverage Intel's global relationships with educators and governments in more than 100 countries. Check out the full list and descriptions of the eight startups for more information.

Chip Shot: Intel Education, Intel Capital Invest in 8 Ed-Tech Startups with Accelerator Program

Intel Education and Intel Capital today announced the first eight member companies for the Intel Education Accelerator, a four-month program to help ed-tech startups transform education for student success. Beating out nearly 200 other global applicants, the selected startups will receive guidance from experts in tech, business and education; secure investments of up to $100,000 each from Intel Capital; and leverage Intel's global relationships with educators and governments in more than 100 countries. Check out the full list and descriptions of the eight startups for more information.

Chip Shot: Intel Education, Intel Capital Invest in 8 Ed-Tech Startups with Accelerator Program

Intel Education and Intel Capital today announced the first eight member companies for the Intel Education Accelerator, a four-month program to help ed-tech startups transform education for student success. Beating out nearly 200 other global applicants, the selected startups will receive guidance from experts in tech, business and education; secure investments of up to $100,000 each from Intel Capital; and leverage Intel's global relationships with educators and governments in more than 100 countries. Check out the full list and descriptions of the eight startups for more information.

Chip Shot: Intel Education, Intel Capital Invest in 8 Ed-Tech Startups with Accelerator Program

Intel Education and Intel Capital today announced the first eight member companies for the Intel Education Accelerator, a four-month program to help ed-tech startups transform education for student success. Beating out nearly 200 other global applicants, the selected startups will receive guidance from experts in tech, business and education; secure investments of up to $100,000 each from Intel Capital; and leverage Intel's global relationships with educators and governments in more than 100 countries. Check out the full list and descriptions of the eight startups for more information.

Chip Shot: Intel Education, Intel Capital Invest in 8 Ed-Tech Startups with Accelerator Program

Intel Education and Intel Capital today announced the first eight member companies for the Intel Education Accelerator, a four-month program to help ed-tech startups transform education for student success. Beating out nearly 200 other global applicants, the selected startups will receive guidance from experts in tech, business and education; secure investments of up to $100,000 each from Intel Capital; and leverage Intel's global relationships with educators and governments in more than 100 countries. Check out the full list and descriptions of the eight startups for more information.

Chip Shot: Intel Education, Intel Capital Invest in 8 Ed-Tech Startups with Accelerator Program

Intel Education and Intel Capital today announced the first eight member companies for the Intel Education Accelerator, a four-month program to help ed-tech startups transform education for student success. Beating out nearly 200 other global applicants, the selected startups will receive guidance from experts in tech, business and education; secure investments of up to $100,000 each from Intel Capital; and leverage Intel's global relationships with educators and governments in more than 100 countries. Check out the full list and descriptions of the eight startups for more information.