About Us

Silicon Catalyst is the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon. We address the challenges faced by these startups while guiding them from idea to prototype, and then to product. Over 250 startup companies have engaged with Silicon Catalyst since April 2015, and we have admitted 18 exciting companies.

Silicon Catalyst exists to help semiconductor startups succeed. We have created a growing ecosystem of In-Kind partners, industry-leading companies, expert advisors, investors, leading universities and industry organizations such as the Global Semiconductor Alliance and SEMI, which enables our startups to form deep relationships with people that provide value to their long-term success.

We provide the startups we incubate with several millions of dollars worth of goods and services from our network of industry-leading In-Kind partners to dramatically reduce the cost of development. These goods and services include EDA tools, PDK access, foundry wafers, test equipment, design services, and other valuable technical and business capabilities which include, but are not limited to, software development, patent filing, and financial management.

Silicon Catalyst startups interact with a valuable network of expert advisors. In addition, our strategic partners share their experience and actively look for opportunities to work together with our startups. 

Our two-year incubation program also provides a path to funding through our connections with venture capitalists, strategic investors, individual angel investors, angel investment groups, and government agencies that provide grants.

In our first year we were awarded the prestigious UBM Canon Startup Company of the Year, in anticipation of our impact on the semiconductor industry. We are proud to have created a broad ecosystem which provides our startups with the greatest opportunity for a successful exit.

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Fall Screening Deadline: July 10th, 2019

Our global outreach is underway to find early-stage semiconductor startups to join our incubator

Silicon Catalyst is the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon. 
We address the challenges faced by startups while guiding them from concept to product. 

Since April 2015, Silicon Catalyst has reviewed over 250 startups from the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The 18 startups admitted since 2015 to the incubator are developing innovative solutions in a variety of areas including energy harvesting, wearables, silicon photonics, memory technology, loT, high performance computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, wireless communications, and biomedical devices.

The Silicon Catalyst incubator utilizes our coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of developing semiconductor solutions. With our world-class network of mentors to advise startups, we are addressing their many challenges in moving from idea to realization and business success. We have provided our Portfolio Companies with a path to funding, free access to tools, testing and shuttle runs, along with advice on proper corporate governance and strategic execution.