GSA Entrepreneurship Conference

Funding, Growing, and Exiting Semiconductor Startups in Europe


European start-ups have traditionally been a tremendous source of innovation in the semiconductor industry. However, two major difficulties limit their technological and business impact on the global market: raising capital and obtaining specific start-up support.

The Conference is the meeting place for start-ups, strategic investors, financial investors and everyone else who cares about the future of semiconductor and technology innovation in Europe. Our speakers will share their personal experiences in financing, IPO and acquisition exits for startups, as well as discussing the most promising areas of innovation in the European and global semiconductor ecosystem.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

11:00   Registration
11:50   Hors d’Oeuvres and Networking
12:40   Introduction
            Sandro Grigolli, EMEA Executive Director, GSA
12:50   Welcome Remarks
            Maria Marced, Chairwoman, GSA EMEA Leadership Council
13:00   Opening Keynote: The State of European Innovation
            Luc Van den hove, President & CEO, imec
13:30   Session #1: The Entrepreneurs’ Perspective – Lessons Learned
            Movidius: a European Success Story
            Remi El Ouazzane, VP and GM, Intel, former CEO Movidius
            A Serial Entrepreneur: Lessons Learned
            Nigel Toon, Co-Founder and CEO, Graphcore
            A Young Entrepreneur: Lessons Learned
            Luca Verre, CEO & Co-Founder, Chronocam
14:30   Networking Break
15:05   Session #1 (continued)
            Panel Discussion with Q&A moderated by Jean Michel Deligny, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Silverpeak
            Remi El Ouazzane, VP and GM, Intel, former CEO Movidius
            Nigel Toon, Co-Founder and CEO, Graphcore
            Luca Verre, CEO & Co-Founder, Chronocam
15:35   Session #2: The Strategic Investors’ Perspective – Access to Innovation
            A New Framework for Startups-Corporates Collaboration
            Harald Hamster, VP Strategy Development, Infineon
            5G and Industry 4.0 driving European innovation
            Volker Ziegler, Head of 5G Leadership, Chief Architect, Nokia Mobile Networks
16:15   Start Up Elevator Pitches
16:45   Networking Break
17:20   Session #3: The Venture Capitalists’ Perspective – Financing Startups
            Financing Startups to Accelerate Growth
            Hongquan Jiang, Managing Partner, Robert Bosch Venture Capital
            Backing Europe’s Most Ambitious Entrepreneurs
            Brian Caulfield, Managing Partner, Draper Esprit
            Technology Investments to Exploit Major Growth Opportunities
            Helen McBreen, Investment Director, Atlantic Bridge
            A Focus on Micro/nano-electronics and Advanced Materials
            Lou Hermans, Partner, Capital-E
            Panel Discussion and Moderated Q & A by Peter Vanbekbergen, Partner, imec.xpand
19:15   Closing Remarks
19:25   Belgian Beer Tasting and Hors d’Oeuvres
20:25   Adjournment 


You can register here.


imec, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee

Participation fee: 

Free for GSA Members
100 € - VAT for non-members