Inaugural SPS Entrepreneurship Forum
2022 May 22
Location: Hybrid – Singapore, Singapore
The International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, & Signal Processing (ICASSP) 2022 is pioneering a new event, the SPS Entrepreneurship Forum.
The aim of this 1-day event is to promote entrepreneurship amongst the signal processing community, by sharing entrepreneurship journeys, discussing challenges and opportunities in translating signal processing research into commercial applications, providing a forum for pitching, and ultimately to train a new generation of signal processing entrepreneurs.
This is an event for start-up entrepreneurs in all stages including pre-seed and early stage in signal processing community to interact with start-up founders, to gain feedback on their ideas and ambitions.
Abstract: In my academic career, I have had several entrepreneurial ventures. First I helped lead the development of the world’s first single-chip video encoder based on H.263 in 1996 when SONY had a 4-chip solution. Then I founded a company in 1997 that produced the world’s first digital surveillance system over the Internet when there was nothing but analog solutions. Around 2001 I co-founded a start-up in Greece to develop the first smart antenna chipset.
Finally, in 2012 I founded Origin AI to pioneer wireless sensing by developing AI analytics on ambient Wi-Fi radio signals, a new sixth sense as I called it. Along the journey, there are many lessons learned – dos and don’ts. In this talk, I would like to share some experiences that may shed some light with some insight into the venture jungles and lands.
ICASSP 2022 is pioneering a new event, the inaugural SPS Entrepreneurship Forum. In this 1-day event invited speakers will share their entrepreneurship journeys, discussing challenges and opportunities in translating signal processing research into commercial applications.
Presenters: Mr. Clarence Tan, Founder/Managing Partner – Origgin Ventures, Dr. Maren Schweizer, CEO – Schweizer World Group (Schweizer International Venture engine and capital arm), Mr. David Burt, Director of Entrepreneurship – UNSW, Dr. Negar Ghourchian, VP R&D and AI Director – Aerial Technologies, and Dr. Ladan Golshanara, co-founder and tech lead – TONZ.
Summary: Great entrepreneurs make a product that other people want to buy – but most entrepreneurs fail to achieve this!
The class will be a two-hour session on practical design thinking preparatory to commercializing a technology business. In this workshop, we will cover topics such as:
“’Is My Business Idea Good Enough?’ and Other Wrong Questions.”
“The Three Biggest Pitfalls of Starting Up a Technology Business and How to Avoid Them.”
“There is an “I” In Team -And You Need One (a Team that is.)”
By the end of this session, you will have learned new skills that improve your ability as an entrepreneur.
Session One Summary: An invention is not an idea for a business, but it can act as the seed from which an idea might sprout. In this workshop, you will learn how to tie your invention to market applications by articulating the value of the technological problem that your invention solves.
You will then use this information as the foundation for a business narrative that details the journey from your invention to a viable business. This workshop will teach the frameworks utilized at the TandemLaunch Foundry to ideate new businesses based on university research.
You will learn how to present their ideas in a form attractive to investors, identify development risks and strategies to mitigate them, as well as develop roadmaps for R&D, talent acquisition, and market entry that will set the stage for their journey as technology entrepreneurs.
Session Two Summary: It is often said that intellectual property is at least 80% of a technology company’s value. Michael will discuss how companies (of all sizes) can be savvy about their Intellectual Property (IP), including what steps to take to protect trade secrets, when/why to pursue patent protection, and how to interact with third parties (such as joint venturers, suppliers, customers, and even competitors) to manage IP risks.
|8:30 – 9:00||Registration|
|9:00 – 10:00||Keynote: My Ventures and Lessons Learned
Prof. K. J. Ray Liu, IEEE President, CEO – Origin AI
|10:00 – 10:30||Break|
|10:30 – 12:00||Panel Discussion
Theme: Bridging the Gap from Research Lab to Start-up Company
Mr. Clarence Tan, Founder/Managing Partner – Origgin Ventures
Dr Maren Schweizer, CEO – Schweizer World Group (Schweizer International Venture engine and capital arm)
Mr. David Burt, Director of Entrepreneurship – UNSW
Dr. Negar Ghourchian, VP R&D and AI Director – Aerial Technologies
Dr. Ladan Golshanara, Cofounder and tech lead – TONZ
|12:00 – 1:30||Lunch Break|
|1:30 – 2:45||Pitching Session (Pitches will be shortlisted from a call for proposals)|
|2:45 – 3:00||Break|
|3:00 – 5:15||Stream A – Entrepreneurship Training (Hybrid)
Kris Childress, Mentor-in-Residence – NUS (National University of Singapore) Enterprise
Emily Chang, Cofounder – Cruxes (Online)
|3:00 – 5:15||Stream B – Bringing Your Invention to the Market (Online)
Dr. Omar Zahr, CTO – TandemLaunch
Michael Oblon, Partner – JONES DAY® – One Firm Worldwide℠
|5:15 – 6:30||Drinks and Informal Networking|
|5:45||Pitching Session Results Announced|
- Wilson Teng, Industry Chair, NUS, Singapore email@example.com
- Professor Eliathamby Ambikairajah, Academic Chair, UNSW, Sydney, firstname.lastname@example.org
2022 May 22 – 27
Location: Singapore, Singapore
The International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, & Signal Processing (ICASSP), is the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s flagship conference on signal processing and its applications. The 47th edition of ICASSP will be held in Singapore. The program will include keynotes by international speakers, cutting-edge tutorial topics, and forward-looking special sessions. ICASSP also provides a great networking opportunity with a wide range of like-minded professionals from academia. Read More.