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Silicon Catalyst Appoints Dr. Atiye Bayman as Partner

Daniel Nenni

Staff member
Incubator expands outreach to MEMS and Semiconductor Materials Startups

Silicon Valley, CA - August 31, 2022 - Silicon Valley, CA, August 31, 2022 - Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, announces the appointment of Dr. Atiye Bayman as Partner. In particular, Dr. Bayman will be directly involved in the screening, selection and incubation of the entrepreneurial teams developing the next generation of MEMS devices and materials for semiconductors.

Dr. Bayman has been involved with Silicon Catalyst for the past four years, in the roles of Advisor, a Silicon Catalyst University Ambassador, and as a member of the Silicon Catalyst Angels investment group. She began her career as a process development engineer at AMD and then focused on semiconductor, technology development and transfer of technologies into production at Synergy Semiconductor and Novellus. She later moved to solar energy, where she was CTO at MiaSolé, a solar technology and products company specialized in thin film, flexible and light weight solar products. Dr. Bayman has a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from UC Santa Barbara, California.

“I am thrilled to have Atiye expand her role with Silicon Catalyst by becoming a full partner,” said Nick Kepler, COO of Silicon Catalyst. “The timing is excellent with EMD Electronics recently joining us as a Strategic Partner, as we expand further into MEMS and electronic materials. Atiye will be a major contributor as Silicon Catalyst supports early-stage companies developing innovative electronic materials and foundry processes required for these next-generation semiconductor devices.”

“Going from a concept for innovation, to a prototype and then ultimately to a viable product and business requires the ability to fully understand the key challenges involved and bring to bear the appropriate expertise and direct experience. I’m extremely pleased to be stepping up my involvement with Silicon Catalyst, looking to add my experience to their comprehensive incubation process,” stated Dr. Bayman.

For further background information, see Dr. Bayman’s interview published in the Silicon Catalyst Newsletter, Volume 13, starting on page 60.

Silicon Catalyst has created a unique ecosystem to provide critical support to semiconductor hardware startups as they move from idea through prototype to initial product. Portfolio Companies in the incubator have access to tools and services from a comprehensive network of In-Kind Partners (IKPs) -- including design tools, simulation software, design services, foundry PDK access and MPW runs, test program development and tester access -- that dramatically reduce the cost of chip development. Additionally, the startups tap into the world-class Silicon Catalyst ecosystem of advisors, investors and academic research organizations.

About Silicon Catalyst
It’s About What’s Next® - Silicon Catalyst is the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon (including IP, MEMS & sensors), building a coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. We have engaged with more than 600 semiconductor startups worldwide and have admitted 84 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 a path to design tools, silicon devices, networking, access to funding, banking and marketing acumen to successfully launch and grow their companies’ novel technology solutions. Silicon Catalyst has been named the Semiconductor Review’s 2021 Top-10 Solutions Company award winner.

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.

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Contact Information
Silicon Catalyst - Richard Curtin, Managing Partner