Trend Forward Capital’s Forward Thinker Competition


We had such a great time at CES 2018, we’re doubling down for 2019!

For CES 2018, we held our Pitch-Off competition and with the help of judges from TITAN, Microsoft, OMERS, BlackBerry, and HAX, we awarded $30,000 to three exciting startups.

But this time, we’ve doubled the ante.

Next year Trend Forward Capital will award $60,000 to 6 startups.

Separately, we will be hosting private Startup Tune-Up sessions at our booth to provide friendly feedback to any interested startups.

Got what it takes to win $10k?

Want some 1-on-1 time with investors?


When’s the deadline to submit my pitch deck?


Who’s eligible?

Tech startups attending CES 2019.

What type of startups are you looking for?
Early-growth startup (seed/Series A) with focus on IoT/Wearables, Blockchain, or AI.

How do I submit for this competition?
Email a short pitch deck and a 60sec video to

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

When will I know if I’ve been selected to pitch at CES?
Via email by 12/20/2018.

How will submissions be selected for the opportunity to pitch at Trend Forward’s CES booth?
The quality of startups will be evaluated by Trend Forward Capital’s investor partners.

How will a winner be selected each day?
By a panel of judges. CES 2018 included investors from TITAN, Microsoft, OMERS, BlackBerry, and HAX.

How many total startups will be invited to pitch at Trend Forward’s booth?
There will be 2 rounds of Pitch-Off competitions each day, at 2pm and 4pm, from Tues-Thurs. Each round will include 4 startups. So a total of 24 startups will have the opportunity to shine at our booth.

How many startups will be awarded a cash prize?
6 total.

How much cash will each startup be awarded?
$10,000, 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. pretty sweet deal right? So what are you waiting for? 

What are Startup Tune-up sessions?
We are offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to stop by our booth and get some 1-on-1 time with investors for some friendly advice on their pitches or their business.

Who is eligible for Startup Tune-up sessions?
Any startup entrepreneur interested in receiving some honest, friendly, and (hopefully) helpful feedback.

How do I sign up for a private session with Trend Forward investors?

Where exactly is your booth?

Sands, Halls A-D booth # 41967

What does your booth agenda look like?

table of events

Even more details:

Interested in joining our roster?