Many of the successful startups in the Silicon Catalyst Incubator were launched based on fundamental research originating at leading universities and research centers around the world.
The Silicon Catalyst University program has been established to unite academic institutions with the Silicon Catalyst ecosystem of Advisors, Partners and Investors.
For these institutions, Silicon Catalyst will provide speakers and panel experts, judges for pitch competitions, mentoring, internships via our portfolio companies. Silicon Catalyst anticipates that this program will nurture qualified start-ups to join the incubator.
During the first phase of the University Program, Silicon Catalyst hosted events with Stanford (see lecture here), Cornell University Praxis Center for Venture Development, the Cal Poly Center for Innovation, Georgia Tech and Imperial College London.
The breadth of these events included a joint panel session, an investment overview for entrepreneurs, a course on how to build an IC company, placement of interns, and mentoring of capstone projects. The University Program tailors each relationship to the specific needs of the institutions.
“Over the years Silicon Catalyst has been a remarkable partner for both our Masters students in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Integrated Innovation as well as with the Emirates-CMU i-Lab,” stated Stuart Evans, Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Emirates-CMU i-Lab – Carnegie Mellon University. “Silicon Catalyst connects up aspiring entrepreneurs with hardware prototypes to showcase to senior executives. The proximity to our Silicon Valley campus allows the students to interact with hardware engineers and specialized equipment to hone the skills they need to get great jobs. It is a privilege to work with the many advisors, as well as entrepreneurs, in the Silicon Catalyst ecosystem. In the classroom, the guest lectures by Silicon Catalyst and their portfolio companies are always the highlight of my class,”.
“Silicon Catalyst is a fine match for Georgia Tech and its CREATE-X program which encourages entrepreneurship from students. Georgia Tech is one of the leading engineering universities in the country with one of the largest electrical engineering programs, so the value of Silicon Catalyst will be accessible to a broad base of talent. While the engagement is just getting underway, Silicon Catalyst is already consulting with a startup at Georgia Tech,” stated Todd Cutler Silicon Catalyst Ambassador- Georgia Tech Alum. “We have hosted several events with Silicon Catalyst, combining our ecosystems to provide an amazing platform to share our expertise in frontier technology and to expose the startups in our incubator to an impressive group of Silicon Catalyst Advisors. Through our relationship with Silicon Catalyst, , one of the companies launched from our Praxis Center has recently been offered admission to the Silicon Catalyst Incubator,” Robert Scharf, Director of the Cornell University Praxis Center for Venture Development. The mission of Silicon Catalyst is to lower the capital expenses associated with the design and fabrication of silicon-based IC’s, Sensors, and MEMS devices. For over five years, the Silicon Catalyst partner ecosystem has enabled early-stage companies to build complex silicon chips at a fraction of the typical cost. Silicon Catalyst has created a unique ecosystem to provide critical support to Semiconductor hardware start-ups, including tools and services from a comprehensive network of In-Kind Partners (IKPs). The Portfolio Companies in the incubator utilize IKP tools and services including design tools, simulation software, design services, foundry PDK access and MPW runs, test program development, tester access, and banking and legal services. Additionally, the startups can tap into the world-class Silicon Catalyst network of advisors and investors. “This is an incredibly exciting time to be in the semiconductor industry, as the opportunities for applying the academically sourced innovations to real-world problems have exploded. Key application areas ripe for improvement include everything from cost-effective medical point-of-care, to smart farming, safe cities and 5G communications. Silicon Catalyst is honored to have these prestigious academic institutes participate in our launch event,” stated Laura Swan, Silicon Catalyst Partner and University Program Manager.