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Tel Aviv University Center Joins the Silicon Catalyst In-Kind Partner Ecosystem


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Tel Aviv, Israel and Silicon Valley, CA, July 23, 2023 - Silicon Catalyst, an incubator exclusively focused on accelerating semiconductor solutions, announced that the Tel Aviv University (TAU) Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology has joined as the newest member of its In-Kind Partner (IKP) ecosystem. The TAU Center is focused on cutting-edge research and technological advancement, offering nanoscale process development and fabrication, as well as test and analysis services, which will now be available to Portfolio Companies in the Silicon Catalyst Incubator.

R&D personnel from companies in the Incubator can utilize TAU’s cutting-edge equipment and professional staff to manufacture prototypes of their inventions and optimize their characteristics for various applications. The center offers hands-on use of equipment, offering guidance and training for working with the various semiconductor equipment and materials, as well as state-of-the-art analytical and imaging capabilities.

“We are very happy to join Silicon Catalyst as an In-Kind Partner to provide innovative start-ups with access to our broad range of advanced nanofabrication and characterization equipment and services. We believe that this partnership will help Silicon Catalyst’s companies successfully and quickly create and test prototypes of their products,” said Alice Polacsi-Segev, Managing Director, Tel Aviv University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Silicon Catalyst has developed an unparalleled support ecosystem for its semiconductor start-ups, providing a strong network of financiers, business advisors, and industry professionals who help companies to launch and scale in the market. In addition, the incubator provides privileged access to services, expertise, and intellectual property that can empower their companies’ technological innovation.

“Adding the Tel Aviv University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology to our growing roster of In-Kind Partners will provide start-ups from Israel and all over Europe access to state-of-the-art nanofabrication and characterization facilities, which are critical steps in the development of advanced semiconductor devices. This collaboration further enhances Silicon Catalyst’s ties with the Israeli innovation ecosystem,” stated Danny Biran, Managing Partner, Silicon Catalyst.

About TAU Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Our mission is to advance society by working closely with academics, industry, and the research community in order to conduct cutting-edge research and develop state-of-the-art nanotechnology devices. The center integrates two facilities – the nanofabrication unit and the characterization unit, and the synergy of both units provides an all-inclusive solution, including the development of the process, adaptation to the customer's device specification, creation of a prototype through a variety of fabrication processes, and product quality assurance. The Nanofabrication unit includes a complete process of development and fabrication cycle, from mask design to back-end. The Characterization and Analysis unit consist of a state-of-the-art fleet of analytical tools and a comprehensive characterization system. For more information please visit us at:

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, licensable intellectual property, 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 eight 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.

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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