cfaed Seminar Series

cfaed Seminar Series

Dr. Peter Vanbekbergen , IMEC, Belgium

Success Factors for a Thriving Technology Start‐up

08.03.2016 (Tuesday) , 17:00
Broadcasted from KU Leuven, Belgium , Tatzberg 47/49, Seminar room E05/E06 , 01069 Dresden

This seminar will be held in the framework of the lecture series on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the Erasmus Mundus program offered by KU Leuven (Belgium), Chalmers (Sweden), Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble (France) and TU Dresden/BIOTEC.

Abstract: After the internet and social media a new wave of applications is coming our way: the internet of things, sensing, medical applications, advanced imaging, low-energy applications, low power connectivity, ... This results in plenty of new opportunities for innovative ideas, potentially leading to new start-ups. In this lecture the success factors of such technology start-ups will be discussed. The reasons why these factors are so important and more importantly, how to positively influence them will be discussed and demonstrated with examples.

Peter Vanbekbergen received his engineering degree in 1987 and his PhD degree in 1993 from the University of Leuven. From 1987 to 1993 he was a researcher at IMEC. In 1993, he moved to Silicon Valley and worked in the advanced technology group at Synopsys, a leading EDA provider. In 1997, Peter became director of engineering at CoWare, an IMEC start-up focusing on system level EDA tools, headquartered in Silicon Valley. In 2003 Peter returned to IMEC to help organize the system level research work in research programs. In 2006 he became associate VP of the system level division at IMEC. In 2007 Peter was part of the founding team of M4S, another IMEC spin-off focusing on cellular RF transceivers. This company was acquired by Huawei in 2010 and continued to develop RF technology for the Huawei smartphone-line. Recently, Peter joined IMEC again as innovation manager to take on responsibility for the venture process at IMEC, targeting exits of the IMEC technology.

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