Entrepreneurs Compete in MEMS Shark Tank

By March 24, 2016July 28th, 2020Press Releases
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Teams Vie for Expert Consulting Services, MEMS Foundry Package, Specialized Software Tools, & Industry Group Membership

MEDFORD, OR–(Marketwired – Mar 24, 2016) – Luminaries from the micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) industry are spurring entrepreneurship by hosting the first “MEMS Shark Pup Tank” at Hilton Head 2016 Workshop, an interactive science and technology conference on solid-state sensors, actuators and microsystems, June 5-9, 2016 in Hilton Head, SC.

“Bringing a new MEMS device to market can feel like a Herculean task as there are so many moving parts to the process,” Given this reality, a highly accomplished group of MEMS industry experts aim to lower the barrier to entry for entrepreneurs who want to introduce MEMS-based products that could influence the global economy by 2025. MEMS Shark Pup Tank is the product of their combined vision, and we are thrilled to play a part by contributing foundry services to the event’s champion.” – Jessica Gomez, founder and CEO of Rogue Valley Microdevices
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The MEMS Shark Pup Tank Champion will receive:

  • Product development/strategy consulting and patent consulting time by industry experts:
  • 8 hours of product development/strategy consulting by AMFitzgerald, a leading product development firm founded by Alissa Fitzgerald
  • 8 hours of consulting by Janusz Bryzek, CEO, eXo System, and by Kurt Peterson, president, KP-MEMS
  • 8 hours of patent consulting by James Walker, patent agent, KBSO Patent Law
  • $10,000 in MEMS foundry services from Rogue Valley Microdevices, a full-service precision MEMS foundry
  • 6 months license of MEMS Pro software from softMEMS, a leading developer of MEMS software design tools
  • One year membership in MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, the trade association advancing MEMS and sensors across global markets

The MEMS Shark Pup Tank runner-up will also receive an award package.

About MEMS Shark Pup Tank

MEMS Shark Pup Tank is a unique competition for the best pre-funding ideas for MEMS-based products and technologies. Teams from academia and industry with at least one team member who is a resident of the Americas may qualify by submitting a mini-business plan to a panel of judges, who include:

  • Dr. Janusz Bryzek, called the “father of sensors,” co-founded 11 Silicon Valley MEMS companies, and serves as mentor/advisor to startups and MEMS-related companies
  • Dr. Alissa Fitzgerald, founded a MEMS product development company that has developed dozens of MEMS devices for startups to Fortune 500 companies
  • Dr. Nena Golubovic, director of physical sciences, IP Group, specializes in new product development, innovation process management, startup operations, technology transfer, intellectual property and new business development
  • Dr. Kurt Petersen, called the “father of MEMS,” co-founded seven Silicon Valley MEMS companies, is a member of Band of Angels, and serves as mentor/advisor to startups and MEMS-related companies

Press Contacts: 

JoAnn Martin
Rogue Valley Microdevices
Tel: +541.774.1900

Maria Vetrano
Vetrano Communications
Tel: +617.876.2770