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Syntiant CEO Kurt Busch Named a Finalist in E&Y’s Entrepreneur of The Year 2021

Celebrating the 35th Class of Unstoppable Entrepreneurs Who Transform the Pacific Southwest - Orange County Region and Beyond

IRVINE, Calif., June 28, 2021 – Syntiant Corp., a deep learning technology company advancing low-power intelligent speech and sensor processing in edge devices, today announced that CEO Kurt Busch has been named a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Pacific Southwest - Orange County Award program.

Now in its 35th year, Entrepreneur Of The Year® is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. Nominees are evaluated based on six criteria: entrepreneurial leadership; talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans.

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by Ernst & Young as an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist along with other exceptional leaders in Orange County,” said Busch. “Syntiant has come very far in a short time, from conception to shipping in huge volumes. I am proud to share this honor with all our employees, investors and partners, as we continue to execute on our global mission of advancing AI pervasiveness at the edge.”

Founded in 2017, Syntiant recently announced it has shipped more than 10 million of its Neural Decision Processors™ to customers across the globe. With 85 employees and growing, the company has raised more than $65M and continues to be recognized for its deep learning technology and corporate culture as one of “2020 Best Places to Work in Orange County.”

Busch was selected by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced during a special virtual celebration on August 5, 2021 and will become lifetime members of an esteemed community of Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November 2021 at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2022.

About Syntiant

Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Syntiant Corp. is a leader in moving artificial intelligence and machine learning from the cloud to edge devices. Syntiant’s advanced chip solutions merge deep learning with semiconductor design to produce ultra-low-power, high performance, deep neural network processors for always-on applications in battery-powered devices, such as smartphones, smart speakers, earbuds, hearing aids and laptops. The company is backed by several of the world’s leading strategic and financial investors including Intel Capital, Microsoft’s M12, Applied Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, the Amazon Alexa Fund and Atlantic Bridge Capital. Syntiant continues to be recognized as an industry leader, being named to Gartner's April 2020 Cool Vendors in AI Semiconductors; Fast Company’s prestigious list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020; as well as a CES® 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree and CES® 2020 Best of Innovation Awards Honoree. More information on the company can be found by visiting or by following Syntiant on Twitter @Syntiantcorp.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year

Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. Click to learn more.

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