High Tech Start-Ups To Connect With Investors At SEMICON Europa 2015
The goal of Innovation Village is to encourage exchanges between high-tech ventures and industry relevant investors. Participating start-up and growth companies have the opportunity to exhibit for three days at individual kiosks in the Innovation Village exhibition hall, presenting their innovations in a series of short pitches. The Innovation Village features 40 private pitches to investors only, plus 20 public pitches — focusing on Information Communication Technology (ICT), Micro- and Nanotechnology and related applications, Materials Science, Environment and Energy Technology, Machinery and Plant Engineering, Industry 4.0 and Life Science and Automotive.
With a dedicated conference program on innovation and a live demonstration day for innovation products and applications, Innovation Village provides a uniquely valuable platform for both high-tech ventures as well as investors. The Innovation Village exhibition hall will also host several key industry companies and investors in exclusive booths with private meeting space.
“Saxony has gained a reputation for being one of Europe’s leading regions in innovative research," says Heinz Kundert, president of SEMI Europe. “With the Innovation Village coming to Dresden for the first time, it is an excellent occasion to demonstrate the region’s capabilities for innovative technologies and products."
“Dresden has proven to be one of Europe’s leading cities for IC manufacturing and microelectronics driven technology. The region is also host to a high number of innovations based start-ups," says Bettina Vossberg, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, HighTech Startbahn. “With the enhancement of both our strong concepts, it is an excellent occasion to demonstrate Europe’s capabilities in innovation and commercialization of new technologies."
Innovation Village will represent the most viable new technology in Europe. Interested start-ups and growth companies are invited to fill out a Request for Participation (RFP) form online at the SEMICON Europa website (www.semiconeuropa.org). The ventures are encouraged to apply as early as possible. RFPs will be judged by SEMICON Europa Innovation Village Committee and HighTech Startbahn experts in venture capitalism and new technology investment: Tobias Jahn (3M New Ventures); Tony Chao (Applied Ventures LLC), Claus Schmidt (Robert Bosch Venture GmbH), Jim Traynor (TEL Venture), Christophe Desrumeaux (CEA Investissement), Jong Sang Choi (Samsung Ventures), Jean-Marc Girard (Air Liquid Electronics), Jean-Marc Bally (ASTER Capital), Erkki Aaltonen (VTT Ventures) and Pascal Vanluchene (Capital-E).
To encourage visibility for both investors and early stage innovative ventures, Innovation Village conferences and the exhibition will be free-of-charge for all SEMICON Europa visitors. Speakers will attract diverse visitors, including large companies, SMEs, and start-ups to the Innovation Village area. Dedicated innovation lounge areas set amidst the exhibition kiosks will allow visitors, investors and start-ups to interact with each other.