Forward Thinker Award 2021


3 years 
52 pitches 
12 winners 
$130,000 in cash awards 
And ONE global pandemic later...
Our annual Forward Thinker Award is BACK 
This time virtually and with even higher stakes

Take a look at CES 2020, where we had a blast doing what we always do: handing out big checks to promising tech startups while having a ton of fun with tech investors and founders alike. Can’t wait to do it again.


Got what it takes?

Pitch virtually and impress the panel of judges for a chance to win $20,000, no strings attached. Second place wins $10,000.

Submission deadline: 2/10/21


What type of startups are you looking for?

We love tech startups that have:

  • The grit to make the world smarter and more connected
  • Passionate, energetic, and collaborative founders
  • The courage to make mistakes and the wisdom to ask for help
  •  A weird obsession with data

Is it free to submit my application?

What should I include in the video?
The pitch deck gives us a peek into your company. The 60-sec video gives us insight into who you are. So be creative.

When is the application deadline?
Applications will be open until 11:59 PM PT on February 10, 2021

When will I know if I’ve been selected to pitch?
Finalists will be notified by February 22, 2021.

How will submissions be selected for the four finalists?
The quality of startups will be evaluated by the Trend Forward Capital team.

How will a winner be selected?
By a panel of judges. Previous judges included investors from Microsoft, Propel Venture Partners, 500 Startups, OMERS, BlackBerry, HAX, BDC, and Taiwan Tech Arena.

How many total startups will be invited to pitch at the virtual event?
A total of 4 startups will be invited to pitch on March 10, 2021

How much cash will the winning startup be awarded?
$20,000 for first place and $10,000 for second place, no strings attached.

Will the winning startups need to give up anything to accept the cash prize (e.g. shares, equity, loan interest, etc)?
Nope, no strings attached. A pretty sweet deal, right? So what are you waiting for?

Full details 

Interested in joining our roster?