We are excited to introduce a new platform for start-up presentations on Tuesday 25 June, 18:15 - 20:15. This is an opportunity for start-up companies to present their products and business models to the academic and industrial attendees of the conference. The event will be opened by a keynote from Steffen Wagner, CEO and Co-Founder of investiere. Founded in 2010, investiere offers private and institutional investors direct and professional access to startup investments.
After the session, there will be a mixer which will allow you to mingle with representatives and discuss their presentation.
Tuesday, 25 June
Room Location: Hall Europa
Session Chair: Felix Mayer, SENSIRION - The Sensor Company, SWITZERLAND
Title: THE NEW RISE OF HARD TECH STARTUPS - PERSPECTIVES OF A VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTOR
Presenter: Steffen Wagner, CEO, Co-Founder
Affiliation: investiere - Venture Capital
Time: 18:15 -18:35
Hardware startups face the laws of physics. Unlike their digital siblings, they can't move fast and break things, they must tread carefully. Identifying commercial applications and improving prototypes is a lengthy process, production at scale necessitates mountains of capital, investors are hard to find. Compared to social networks and their lofty valuations, challenges and potential rewards seem to be out of balance. So why bother? Well, software might be eating the world, but to build a new world we need hardware. As a venture capitalist who loves hardtech, I will share some Dos and Don'ts for hardtech entrepreneurs.
Title: A UNIVERSITY SPIN-OFF EXPERIENCE: FROM THE IDEA TO THE FIRST SAMPLES
Presenter: Andrea De Luca
Time: 18:35 - 18:45
In the talk I will be sharing my personal experience as co-founder and CEO of Flusso, a spin-off from the University of Cambridge devoted to commercialization of CMOS MEMS flow sensing technologies. The talk will be covering the motivations that led to the creation of Flusso (right after finishing my Ph.D.) as well as the challenges I faced (and I am still facing!) in moving from an academic position to an industrial one. Also a brief overview of our technologies will be presented.
Title: memetis - FROM MODEL TRAINS TO LAB ON A CHIP
Presenter: Marcel Gültig
Affiliation: memetis GmbH
Time: 18:45 - 18:55
memetis develops foil-based miniature actuators from shape memory alloys (SMA). Foil-based SMA miniature actuators enable high switching forces with better integration capacities and greater flexibility compared to available, wire-based solutions. memetis has the expertise to quickly adapt its actuators to market and customer requirements by specific micro-structuring procedures and specially adapted rapid manufacturing technology. Due to the expanded application spectrum, memetis SMA miniature actuators are used in a variety of innovative industries, such as biotechnology or medical technology.
Title: MuVaP: HIGH-PERFORMANCE MICRO-VALVES-AND-PUMPS
Presenter: Ardavan Shabanian
Affiliation: muVaP GmbH
Time: 18:55 - 19:05
Utilizing our novel buckling piezo-membrane-actuators, we have developed a disruptive technology, muVaP, which is a high performance micro-Valve-and-Pump. Part of this work was presented at previous Transducers conference as "THE DEFORMABLE VALVE PUMP (DVP)." With a cross section of only 23x23 mm, as a pump it can deliver an outstanding flowrate of 44 ml/min at only 200 mW of power consumption. As a valve it can close against 2 bars of pressure and allow for a flow of 8.5 l/min, with an actuation energy of only 7 mJ. As a team of four founders, we have just acquired over 1 Million Euro of Start-up-grant from the German-Federal-Ministry-for-Economic-Affairs-and-Energy to bring this technology to the market, which enables us to maneuver freely in broad domain of microfluidics, within a wide range of medical and industrial applications, depending on our potential future collaborators; what can make us particularly interesting for your participants!
Title: MEMS-CASTING TECHNOLOGY AND ITS APPLICATIONS
Presenter: Jiebin Gu
Affiliation: Shanghai MCT semiconductors, Co,. Ltd.
Time: 19:05 - 19:15
Thick metal deposition on wafer is a critical process for Advanced Packaging, MEMS, etc. Currently electroplating is almost the only option. As a start-up, we are developing a unique metal process which is named MEMS-Casting. Casting as a thousand years old metalworking process is capable to fabricate complex 3D metal structures; while MEMS as a decades old technology is good at fabricating micro-scale mechanical parts. By combination of the two technologies, metal structures in tens of microns can be fabricated by batch on wafer-level. As a substitution and supplemental of electroplating, this technology can be used for Advanced Packaging, such as TSV/TGV via filling; solenoid coils for MEMS fluxgate sensor and Integrated Passive Device (IPD), etc. As a start-up, we focus our work on R&D of the MEMS-Casting process and its specific equipment. Currently, we provide this technology as a service for customs who need this type of thick metal.
Title: FILM BULK ACOUSTIC RESONATOR (FBAR) AS NEXT GENERATION MULTI-APPLICATION SENSOR
Presenter: Mario De Miguel Ramos
Affiliation: Sorex Sensors Ltd.
Time: 19:15 - 19:25
FBAR MEMS technology is a scaled application for use as a replacement for surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters in most mobile applications. Sorex Sensors has used this technology to develop an ultra high sensitivity mass sensor. The FBAR when put in resonance can detect changes in mass down to the femto-gram range - able to detect a single virus or complex molecules. The sensor MEMS production has been transfered into an 9-inch foundry and the company has started to gain commercial traction in a number of interesting hight growth market verticals including atomic layer deposition (ALD) systems, vehicle emission testing, air quality sensing and fresh produce tranportation and storage.
Title: MEMS-BASED SPECTROCHIP IMPLEMENTED TO HOME HEALTHCARE, FOOD SAFETY, AND BLOCKCHAIN APPLICATION
Presenter: Cheng-Hao Ko
Affiliation: Spectrochip Inc.
Time: 19:25 - 19:35
Enabling A Powerful Worldwide Care Intellignet Cloud With SpectroChip Based on our SpectroChip technology, we can provide instant personal care analysis system. SpectroChip can be embedded in handheld devices or in smart phones to perform spectral sensing of test strips and reagents, which can reveal the personal biological data as well as all sorts of test items. Tests include personal care items, e.g., urine, blood, saliva, pregnancy, tears; food safety inspections, e.g., water quality (pH, Chlorine, bacterial, heavy metal, etc.), meat products (Nitride, freshness, pigment, infections,SO2, etc.), vegetable and fruits (waste oil, acid, etc.), dairy products, condiments, wine, etc. Hundreds to thousands items can be detected based on current available test strips and reagents. When the spectral sensors are widely used, big data can be collected and analyzed. AI technology can play a key role in analyzing these big data and provide useful, critical and precision information to the users. Our technology integrates IoT SiP spectrochip module, computation algorithm, Apps, spectrochip IoT intelligent edge and Intelligent cloud. A total solution is ready to be incorporated into any smart phone and handheld device systems. With the incorporation of our SpectroChip platform, hundreds to thousands items related to personal and home care can be added to the worldwide care analysis cloud.
Title: MEMS, SENSORS, AND MICROTECHNOLOGY STARTUPS: CURRENT AND EMERGING TRENDS
Presenter: Mike Pinelis
Affiliation: Microtech Ventures, Inc.
Time: 19:35 - 19:50
This has been an exciting time for MEMS, sensors, and microtechnology companies with many next-generation devices getting into the marketplace. There are many new applications in the areas of advanced medical devices, autonomous vehicles, environmental monitoring, and robotics. Every week, at least 3-4 MEMS and sensors startups are getting funded. We are currently tracking more than 350 recently funded startups working on MEMS and sensors technologies. Plus, there are thousands of groundbreaking innovations being developed in the academia and industry R&D labs. Around the globe, people are enjoying an increasingly higher quality of life enabled by these technologies. In this talk, we'll provide an overview of the MEMS and sensors startup activities, and also outline the main emerging trends.
Time: 19:50 - 20:30