From Zero to One: Breaking Into the Microelectronics Ecosystem

Join a live Q&A to hear three microelectronics entrepreneurs open up about their journey from idea to startup.

From Zero to One: Breaking Into the Microelectronics Ecosystem

By Mary Catherine O’Connor

Activate and IEEE Entrepreneurship are collaborating to present New Tools, New Devices, New Fabs: Three change-makers and three pathways in one burgeoning innovation ecosystem!

On 6 October 2020, we will present a live Q&A with the panelists. Fittingly, this session coincides with this year’s IEEE Day, the theme of which is Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow. IEEE Entrepreneurship is honored to offer innovative events that amplify this theme and connect to our mission to foster entrepreneurial engineering and technological innovation for the benefit of humanity.

Watch the panel session now and get to know the speakers. Then, register for the live Q&A here and send any questions in advance to

Event Description:

When she started grad school, Nishita Deka never expected to go straight from Ph.D. to CEO.
Not so for Mitchell Hsing, for who had long been focused on technology transfer. And J Provine was well ensconced in academia when he was drawn into a major pivot to founder.

While their backgrounds, innovations, and target markets vary widely, these three engineers are all on the same path to commercialization—a path that started at Activate.

Nishita Deka | Sonera Magnetics

J Provine | Aligned Carbon.

Mitchell Hsing | Inchfab







Learn from their experiences in this wide-ranging discussion with IEEE Entrepreneurship Program Director Randi Sumner. They discuss everything from what inspired them to move their research out of the lab, to where they found essential support and leveraged their networks to launch, to what impact they envision for their innovations.

Then, don’t miss the chance to ask these engineers your questions by joining a live question and answer session with the panelists on October 6, at 4:00 PM. Randi Sumner will host the event, with Mary Catherine O’Connor, Activate’s Editorial Director, moderating the Q&A. 

This is a rare opportunity to connect directly with and learn from, three engineers who are embedded in the burgeoning microelectronics innovation ecosystem. Plus: You’ll hear about their experiences as fellows at Activate—which will soon open applications for its 2021 cohort. Like the IEEE Entrepreneurship community, Activate is solely focused on the success of the engineers it supports. The non-profit does not take equity in fellow-founded companies, and for its fellows receive a stipend, startup training, lab access, and intensive mentorship. 

Register today for the upcoming Q&A!

Date: 6 October 2020
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Virtual