IEEE Foundation



2020 June 16 – 18
(originally scheduled Palermo, Italy)
Location: Virtual

MELECON 2020 is an international forum presenting design methodologies, techniques, and experimental results in emerging electro-technologies.

The IEEE Entrepreneurship mission is to provide resources and services to foster entrepreneurial engineering and technological innovation for the benefit of humanity. IEEE Entrepreneurship is honored to support innovative events like MELECON 2020 that promote strong themes that are connected to this mission.

It is expected to bring together researchers and practitioners from different fields of Electrical Engineering. The technical program will include plenary sessions, regular technical sessions, special sessions, poster sessions, and tutorials. Prospective authors are invited to submit their manuscripts reporting original work as well as proposals for special sessions in the following area: Smart Mobility, Industry 4.0, Smart Healthcare Smart Grids. Read More.

Start-up and Entrepreneur Events

Call for Best Entrepreneurship Activity Pitch Presentation

This call is devoted to Entrepreneurs, both IEEE and non-IEEE Members, to showcase successful entrepreneurship ideas in the field of interest of IEEE.

The competitors shall prepare a  5 minutes video:
“My entrepreneurship idea in 5 minutes” which will present their entrepreneurship idea and activity using slides, pictures, photos, graphics, lab demo, etc., to describe most convincingly and attractively their innovative idea, achievements, and field of application.

The participants at the IEEE MELECON START-UP AND ENTREPRENEUR VIDEO EVENT will be able to vote their favorite video using a special application (i.e. Mentimeter) on their smartphones.

The competition will take place during IEEE MELECON 2020 “electronic virtual conference” (on June 18) and the participation is free of charge.

See the program schedule on the web page of the conference to know the exact time. More details about: the platform to be used for the “live streaming event” and how to access, will be available on the conference web and sent to the video authors.

All competitors will receive a participation certificate and the best video will be awarded a customized certificate.

The winner will receive a € 150 prize that can be spent on the purchase of IEEE courses, webinars, tutorials (see IEEE LearningNetwork, IEEE e-learning, and the Societies sites.)

Entrepreneurs willing to participate in this competition shall send an e-mail to this address: no later than May 25, 2020.

In the Object of the e-mail the participant in this competition should write:

Start-Up and Entrepreneur Video Competition – name surname

In the text of the e-mail the participant shall include the following info:

  • title of the video
  • name and affiliation of the author
  • e-mail of the author

Details about uploading procedures will be sent to participants by e-mail.

The deadline for the submission of the video is June 10, 2020.

All videos shall have MP4 format, a dimension not larger than 100 MB and they shall not be longer than 5 minutes.

All videos will be uploaded on TikTok, YouTube, Instagram (depending on author permission.) Read More.

Special meeting on innovative startups and entrepreneurs

The second event is a special meeting structured in two panels dedicated to entrepreneurship financial and institutional supports and some examples of successful startups.

This meeting is a plenary session of the conference to be held in live streaming on June 18, 2:00 – 5:30 PM.

The first panel will focus on entrepreneurship supports for success. Funding, organization, management, business strategies and planning, incubators, guidance, mentorship, and institutional supports will be discussed with a particular focus on the COVID-19 scenario and consequences.

The second panel will present some examples of successful and innovative startups with an accent on challenges at the time of the pandemic. Read More.

IEEE Entrepreneurship Panel Session Speakers

Panel 1: Entrepreneurship supports

Panel 2: Successful startups