Arm Flexible Access for Startups Contest

Enter for a Chance to Win up to $250,000 Arm Technology Credit

Arm and Silicon Catalyst believe the next set of world-changing products and solutions will come from startups and their founders. We are hosting a contest aimed at startups who are designing innovative system-on-chips (SoCs). Our goal is to offer additional commercial and go-to-market support, on top of the existing Arm Flexible Access for Startups program, that offers startups no-cost access to Arm IP, tools, training and more.


The winner receives $250,000 Arm Technology Credit toward an Arm Flexible Access commercial tape-out, and the runner-up receives $150,000 Arm Technology Credit toward an Arm Flexible Access commercial tape-out.


If you are a silicon startup looking to design on Arm, enter our contest for the chance to get one step ahead, leverage technology used by the biggest companies in the world, maximize your chance of success, and change the world.


Submission deadline: May 17, 2024
Winners notified on or before: June 7, 2024


Contest Prize

The overall winner receives $250,000 Arm technology credit toward an Arm Flexible Access commercial tape-out. The runner-up receives $150,000 Arm Technology Credit towards an Arm Flexible Access commercial tape-out.


The winner and runner-up will also receive:

A free Arm Design Review to enable Arm to review the customer’s design specification.

Ticket to Arm’s invite-only ecosystem event for networking and a chance to be featured.

A pitch review session hosted by the Silicon Catalyst Angel investment group.

Who Can Apply?

Your company must be an independent startup company pursuing pre-seed, seed-stage or Series A funding (with maximum of $20 million) and designing or planning to design an SoC based on Arm processor IP.

How To Apply

To enter, you are required to complete all required fields in the application form here. Once you have fully and accurately completed the registration form, press “submit.” In addition to submitting the form, a written PDF application and an elevator pitch video must be submitted by email to by May, 17.


A winner and runner up will be determined by the Arm and Silicon Catalyst judging panel based on the criteria described in the Terms and Conditions.


Requirements of the written application and video can be found when you apply.


Key dates:

  • Submission deadline: May 17, 2024.
  • Winners notified on or before: June 7, 2024

View contest Terms and Conditions.

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More About Arm Flexible Access for Startups


We believe Arm is for everyone. Silicon startups should benefit from no-cost, low-risk, easy access to a broad range of technology to build the right SoC. We created Arm Flexible Access for Startups to make it easier than ever to access the world’s most widely used processor technology.

Since its launch, Arm Flexible Access for Startups has enabled around 100 startups with free access to our wide portfolio of extensively verified IP, as well as design and development support from Arm engineers and across our industry-leading ecosystem. We help take your idea from inspiration to production, to scope projects effectively, tape out quickly, and scale your business.

Sign up to Arm Flexible Access for Startups and kickstart your design today.

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Hear From Last Year’s Winner

Equal1 Labs, a pioneering Ireland-based startup dedicated to making quantum computing more affordable and accessible, was the 2023 winner.

“We are thrilled to be announced as the winner of the ‘Silicon Startups Contest’. Arm’s support, partnership, and technology credit are invaluable to the development of our QSoC processors. Just as the evolution of classical computers was driven by advancements in silicon processors, we firmly believe quantum computing will follow the same silicon path. Like the majority of chips today, the new era of quantum computing will be powered by Arm, with a focus on power efficiency, performance, proven reliability, and a robust ecosystem.”

- Jason Lynch, CEO, Equal1 Labs

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