Date: Wednesday, 25 April, 2012
Time: 9.20am - 12.20pm
Venue: Tech East
Session Chair: Mr. Melvin Low, CEO, EQUVO
Next Wave: High-Tech Innovations through Entrepreneurial Initiatives
There is More Moore and there is More than Moore. What is really going to drive the semiconductor, micro- & nano-electronics industry in the next decade? Science and innovations are the major drivers to take the human life and our industry into the next level! To further foster more innovated ideas in the Southeast Asia, SEMICON Singapore is hosting the Entrepreneurship Seminar to bring Venture Capitalist, incubators and successful entrepreneurs to share their success stories and professional experiences to help our community to grow and prosper!
Confirmed Speakers include Prof Jackie Ying of Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Co-founder of SmartCells, and Prof Wong Poh Kum of NUS Entrepreneurship Centre.
09:30 – 10:00
10:30 – 11:00
11:00 – 11:10
Break Time & Networking
11:10 – 11:40
11:40 – 12:10
Entrepreneurial Start-Up in the Semiconductor Industry in Asia: Opportunities & Challenges
12:10 – 12:40
Melvin Low is the CEO of EQUVO, a semiconductor leasing, remarketing and services company headquartered in Singapore with offices in Taiwan, Japan, USA and registered entities in Korea and Hong Kong.
EQUVO started in 2009, when several members left GE Capital to start their own business. Since then, EQUVO had originated over US$350 million in lease financing and transacted over 1000 pieces of used semiconductor equipment.
Jackie Y. Ying received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, and was a NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow and Humboldt Research Fellow at the Institute for New Materials, Germany. She was Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore. Her interdisciplinary research is focused on the synthesis of nanostructured materials for catalytic and biomaterial applications. She has authored over 300 articles, and presented over 330 invited lectures at international conferences. She has over 120 patents issued or pending, and has served on the Advisory Boards of 6 start-up companies and 1 venture capital fund. She serves on the editorial board of 25 journals, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Nano Today.
Dr. Gerald Yin has served as AMEC’s chairman and CEO since the company was founded in 2004. A semiconductor equipment industry veteran, he previously held product development and executive management roles at Applied Materials, Lam Research and Intel Corp.
Professor Wong Poh Kam is a Professor at the NUS School of Business where he teaches entrepreneurship and innovation strategy. He obtained two BSc.’s., an MSc. and a Ph.D. from MIT. He has published extensively in numerous international refereed journals on technology entrepreneurship and innovation strategy, and has also consulted widely for international agencies such as the World Bank and OECD, various government agencies in Singapore such as A*STAR, EDB and IDA, and many high tech firms in Asia.
Prof Wong is also concurrently the Director for NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, where he spearheads the university’s entrepreneurship education and outreach programs and various university technology spin-off support programs including incubator services, seed funding and mentoring. He also directs the centre’s research program on technology entrepreneurship and innovation strategy. He is the founder and co-chairman of StartUp@Singapore, the largest annual business plan competition in Singapore. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) by the Singapore Government in 2005.
An entrepreneur who co-founded three companies prior to joining academia, he has been an active angel investor with investment in more than 10 high tech start-ups in Singapore, Silicon Valley, China and India. He is the founding chairman of Business Angel Network (Southeast Asia) and BAF Spectrum Pte Ltd, an angel investment fund co-invested in by the Singapore government through SPRING SEEDS Capital. He is a board member of NUS Technology Holdings and a member of the evaluation panel of the Technology Enterprise Commercialization Scheme (TECS) of SPRING Singapore. His angel investment in semiconductor industry-related start-ups include Invantest (Silicon Valley) and Teralene (China). His recent angel investment exits include TenCube (acquired by McAfee), iXigo (acquired by SAIF), and Globalroam (first company quoted on Singapore’s OTC market).
Vincent Tong serves as senior vice president of worldwide quality and new product introductions, and executive leader for the company’s Asia Pacific region. As executive leader for Xilinx Asia Pacific, Tong’s charter is to expand the company’s presence and accelerate business development in a region that is experiencing phenomenal growth, and is in turn a critical source of Xilinx current and future growth.
In his role as Xilinx senior vice president, Tong is responsible for all aspects of quality assurance across Xilinx programmable solutions. His worldwide quality organization is chartered with driving continuous improvement of the company's corporate quality methodology for design, manufacture, training, measurement, and post-sale customer support for Xilinx products, and for reliability engineering of all product manufacturing technologies.
Tong also leads a global team to direct all new product introductions to achieve fastest time-to-market at the highest level of quality. Tong oversees the engineering teams responsible for test, package, assembly development, yield improvement and product engineering, in support of all new product introductions and mature products in production.
In addition, Tong manages advanced technology partnerships, overseeing all quality control and qualification programs and directing all continuous improvement initiatives with wafer foundries, subcontractors and other key technology suppliers (e.g., substrate suppliers, assembly, DFT and DFM vendors, ATE and semiconductor manufacturing equipment manufacturers).
Tong joined Xilinx in 1990 after serving in a variety of development, design, fabrication technology, product and test engineering positions at Monolithic Memories and Advanced Micro Devices.
Tong holds a B.S. in engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed the executive development program at Stanford Business School. He holds seven U.S. patents.
Albert Khoo is currently the CEO of Dynamic Hub Private Limited.
A firm believer that Social Media will one day become an integral part of every business, Prakash initiated a social media division in 2008 to add a competitive edge to Yolk as a digital agency.
Nanocomposites are developed for various biomedical applications. These multicomponent materials can provide simultaneous drug delivery and bioimaging functions as theranostic systems. They can be synthesized with unique carrier materials that offer synergistic therapeutic effects with the drugs to be delivered. They can allow for the sustained delivery of growth factors to significantly enhance tissue regeneration.
Dr. Gerald Yin, CEO, Advanced Micro-fabrication Equipment Inc
The challenges of High Tech start up in a fast growing, but highly fluctuated and uncertain market is discussed. The agendas of seven interest groups: management, investors, employees, customers, suppliers, governments and advisories are discussed. The agenda trade off within a High Tech venture are studied and the common failure modes are analyzed. To make the venture successful the Management has to understand individual group agenda and to support each group for achieving its objectives and the Management has also to learn how to deal with the conflict of group agendas, to balance and compromise these agenda and to pursue Win-Win strategy so to keep the venture momentum.
Mr. Vincent Tong, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Quality & New Product Introductions, Xilinx
As the role of electronic systems expand in every part of our personal and professional lives, opportunities abound for disruptive technologies and products. But the capital-intensive nature of custom IC design has become a formidable barrier to entry for semiconductor entrepreneurs. In his talk, Xilinx SVP Vincent Tong will discuss how a new generation of programmable devices is overcoming these barriers and enabling new business models that are fueling the next wave of “all-programmable” electronic systems in both startups and large corporations.
Mr. Albert Khoo, CEO, Dynamic Hub
Behind every successful entrepreneurial story, there are many untold ones that are more interesting and instructive. Entrepreneurs are those that excel beyond the norm at the workplace. Great ideas, business savvy, relationships & net-works are some of the must “acquired”. Idiosyncrasies, personality, characteristics and qualities; there are always traits which are common across all entrepreneurs. The presentation will discuss on these traits when applied at the right time and right place; bridge the gaps and build the foundation for successful entrepreneurship. Real-life encounters will be shared and hopefully to inspire budding entrepreneurs.