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At SEMICON Europa, attendees and exhibitors will delve into the technologies that shape the future of the microtech, nanotech, medtech and cleantech industries. Representing the entire supply chain from materials to electronic systems and services, 35 major European start-ups will participate in the Innovation Village and present their new technologies at SEMICON Europa.  The largest and most important semiconductor event in Europe, SEMICON Europa  will be held 7-9 October in the Grenoble location for the first time. The new three-day Innovation Village program will be the stage for emerging innovators, industry leaders, strategic investors, and venture capitalists to discuss the needs of the industry’s innovation engine. Attendees will gain insights on technology, capital, partnership, and collaboration strategies necessary for mutual success.

Innovation Village consists of a start-up exhibition (7-9 October), Silicon Innovation Forum (7 October) and Innovation Conference (8 October). As part of the Silicon Innovation Forum, all selected start-ups will have the opportunity to “pitch” to investors and SEMICON Europa visitors. The pitch session will be followed by a start-up panel discussion  “Fundraising for the Future Champions of European Electronics,” led by Jean-Pascal Bost of SATT-GIFT with panelists: Jacques Husser (Sigfox), Eric Baissus (Kalray), Serguei Okhonin (ActLight) and Mike Thompson (Hotblock Onboard).

The Innovation Conference, sponsored by Fidal Innovation, will bring together notable names in European innovation to discuss current practices and relevant funding issues facing semiconductor and high-tech start-ups today. Keynote speakers will include Nicolas Leterrier (Schneider Electric) on Innovation Practices and Dan Armbrust (Silicon Catalyst) on Lean Innovation. Christine Vaca (Gate1) will act as the conference chair.

“For the inaugural SEMICON Europa in Grenoble, our team was intent on developing a program that would highlight the strength of the local and the European ecosystems in innovation and new technology,” explains Anne-Marie Dutron, director of the SEMI Grenoble office. “At Innovation Village, visitors will discover the creativity of 35 European start-up companies, presenting their products, partnership and investment opportunities.”

Participating start-ups were chosen by a selection committee which included ten of the most recognizable venture firms in the industry: Applied Ventures LLC, Robert Bosch Venture GmbH, TEL Venture,3M Ventures, CEA Investissement, Samsung Ventures, Air Liquid Electronics, ASTER Capital), VTT Ventures, and  Capital-E.

Start-ups include ActLight (Switzerland), BlinkSight (France), BluWireless Technology (UK), Calao-Systems (France) and Silicon Line (Germany). For more information about Innovation Village, participating start-ups or about the Innovation Conference, please visit the SEMICON Europa website: www.semiconeuropa.org/Segments/InnovationVillage

All events in Innovation Village, including the three-day start-up exhibition, Silicon Innovation Forum and Innovation Conference will be available at no charge for all SEMICON Europa guests and visitors. The event will be co-hosted by SEMI Grenoble and Gate1. The mission of GATE1 is to support the creation of new technology-driven businesses by capitalizing on the proximity of numerous university laboratories and research centers. GATE1 offers programs for technology maturation, business incubation and business acceleration.