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Silicon Catalyst and The Batchery Announce a Collaboration for Early-Stage Semiconductor Startups


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Berkeley, California & Silicon Valley, California – October 24, 2023 Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator + accelerator focused on semiconductor solutions, has unveiled a new partnership agreement with The Batchery, a Berkeley-founded global accelerator comprising 40 co-owners/accredited investors, offering an intensive three-month mentoring program to early-stage entrepreneurial teams. The Batchery, founded in 2014, is focused on maximizing startups’ success by combining Silicon Valley resources with a Berkeley twist, and has hosted 220 cohort companies in their program.

Under this agreement, the two organizations will align their programs to deliver complementary training, advisory services, and funding support to silicon start-ups building and commercializing transformative solutions in healthcare, telecommunications, advanced computing, connected transportation, and smart energy. This partnership will result in an expansion of both company’s network and deal flow, but more importantly building a strong business foundation to fuel the startup’s growth.

Based on the stage of the company, the Batchery’s unique three-month Deep Dive educational and mentoring program will be made available to Silicon Catalyst companies for a range of topics that include go-to-market strategy, financing, and other essential topics.

Silicon Catalyst’s powerful ecosystem includes over 300 semiconductor industry experts, 11 Strategic Partners, over sixty In-Kind Partners, an extensive investor network, and strong connections to major domestic and international academic institutions. The collaboration will provide Batchery companies access to deep and broad semiconductor industry insight, uniquely available from Silicon Catalyst.

The Batchery: Peter Burghardt, Executive Director

“We're absolutely thrilled about joining forces with Silicon Catalyst. This dynamic collaboration unites two powerhouse accelerators, each with distinct strengths, poised to deliver an abundance of value to our respective portfolio companies.”

Silicon Catalyst: Paul Pickering, Managing Partner

“This is our seventh partnership with a leading world-wide accelerator, as Silicon Catalyst is continuously expanding our ecosystem to serve the best semiconductor start-ups in the industry. We are delighted to establish this collaboration with the Batchery and look forward to assisting the entrepreneurial teams during the earliest stages of their business growth.”

About The Batchery

The Batchery is a diverse Berkeley-founded community of more than 40 experienced angel investors and business leaders. The group's unique approach to accelerating startups brings deep expertise, a broad network and indispensable resources. The Batchery transforms startups into thriving businesses by providing advice, support and investment from ideation to exit. Visit their website here

About Silicon Catalyst

“It’s about what’s next”

Silicon Catalyst is the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating semiconductor solutions, built on a comprehensive coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. More than 900 startup companies worldwide have engaged with Silicon Catalyst and the company has admitted 97 exciting companies. With a world-class network of mentors to advise startups, Silicon Catalyst is helping new semiconductor companies address the challenges in moving from idea to realization. The incubator + accelerator supplies startups with access to design tools, silicon devices, networking, and a path to funding, banking and marketing acumen to successfully launch and grow their companies’ novel technology solutions. Over the past nine years, the Silicon Catalyst model has proven to dramatically accelerate a startup’s trajectory while at the same time de-risking the equation for investors. Silicon Catalyst has been named the Semiconductor Review’s 2021 Top-10 Solutions Company award winner as well as the 2023 Top Photonics Solutions Provider. The Silicon Catalyst Angels was established in July 2019 as a separate organization to provide access to seed and Series A funding for Silicon Catalyst portfolio companies. SiliconCatalyst.UK. a subsidiary of Silicon Catalyst, was selected by the UK government to manage ChipStart UK, an early stage semiconductor incubator funded by the UK government.

Link to Press Release