Join Us for 2nd Annual Silicon Innovation Forum at SEMICON West

As a member of the organizing committee, I’m pleased to share that Applied Ventures will be participating in the second-annual Silicon Innovation Forum (SIF) held in conjunction with SEMICON West 2014 in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 8.

The forum is designed to bring new and emerging innovators together with the semiconductor industry’s top strategic investors and venture capitalists (VCs), in order to enable closer collaboration and showcase the next generation of entrepreneurs in microelectronics.

As the venture capital arm of Applied Materials and a founding member of SIF, Applied Ventures understands the important role corporate VCs play in funding tomorrow’s innovations. We have worked closely with SEMI and fellow committee members around the world to develop a robust and exciting program for this year that includes a broad range of speakers and entrepreneurs offering insight into today’s technology, capital, partnership and collaboration strategies necessary to support the industry’s innovation engine. 

Last year’s first-ever event generated positive feedback from startups and corporate investors alike, and helped to extend the R&D pipeline from academia to commercialization, resulting in many fruitful opportunities within the VC community. Applied Ventures’ own portfolio company MTPV Power Corporation took home last year’s Top Pitch award for its breakthrough technology that converts heat to electricity using semiconductor chips. Semiconductor materials startup Inpria Corporation, a pioneer in high-resolution photoresist materials and fellow portfolio company, gained traction as well following the event, raising follow-on funding from strategic and financial investors.

Since the inaugural 2013 event, investor and innovator activity continues to evolve and co-investments are now being made across the ecosystem. With this year’s program, the goal is to spur insightful dialogue and grow relationships to address key industry challenges.

This year’s day-long agenda includes:

Moscone Center North, Hall E, Room 134

9:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. “INVESTOR PITCH” SESSION for New and Emerging Companies
A unique semi-private period for SIF exhibitors and investors to network with innovators and prospective investors in a fast-paced setting

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. GENERAL SESSION
A public forum open to all SEMICON West attendees where presenters will discuss industry innovation and investment challenges and opportunities

  • Keynote: 1:10 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Dr. Bob Metcalfe
Innovation in the Doriot Ecology with Startups Out of Research Universities
Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise
Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Investor Panel - Leading Investor Perspectives: 1:50 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Industry experts and investors (including Eileen Tanghal of Applied Ventures) will offer insight into collaborative issues and challenges facing today’s innovators. The panel will be composed of corporate venture capitalists, early and mature startups, and a traditional venture capitalist.


  • The Game Changers - Startup Success Stories: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hear from innovative companies with disruptive technologies that are changing the future of microelectronics

Be sure to mark your calendars and look for us at the show.  We look forward to seeing you there!

For more on Applied Ventures' investment strategy or to explore technologies that can benefit from Applied’s expertise in precision materials engineering, read about our newest investment in biotechnology and check out our Applied Ventures website.

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