Tyndall joins Silicon Catalyst to scale semiconductor start-ups

Tyndall joins Silicon Catalyst to scale semiconductor start-ups

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By Nick Flaherty

The Tyndall National Institute in Ireland has joined US incubator Silicon Catalyst to provide In-Kind support to semiconductor start-ups.

Tyndall has leading research and facilities for photonics devices, advanced photonics packaging & pilot lines which will be made available to early-stage and scaling start-ups and SMEs. It also includes research into quantum materials and devices, biophotonics, bioelectronics and biomedical devices and systems.

Silicon Catalyst has built an ecosystem of support specifically for semiconductor start-ups, granting privileged access to EDA design tools, silicon foundry runs and intellectual property. The incubator also provides networking, access to finance, and expert business acumen, to successfully launch and drive growth for start-ups. 

 “Through this agreement, Tyndall’s infrastructure, comprising of an investment of more than €250m in semiconductor fabrication, characterisation and qualification, will be made available to the Silicon Catalyst portfolio at reduced rates, thus helping these highly differentiated start-ups to shorten time to revenue and achieve scale,” said Peter Smyth, Tyndall’s Commercial Director.

Head of New Ventures at Tyndall, Peter Finnegan, said: “This symbiotic relationship with Silicon Catalyst will enable Tyndall to bring its own pipeline of exciting semiconductor start-ups to the accelerator programme and it also offers exciting networking opportunities for our early stage ventures.”

Managing Partner at Silicon Catalyst UK, Sean Redmond, said: “We are continuously expanding our ecosystem to serve the best semiconductor start-ups in the industry. Our Portfolio Companies do not need to compromise on any choice they need to make by getting access to exactly what is required to be successful as globally scaling semiconductor companies. We are delighted to welcome Tyndall to our In-Kind Partner programme, leveraging their world-class photonics research centre and IC design expertise.”

Silicon Catalyst has engaged with over 700 start-ups worldwide, with 90 companies admitted to the incubation programme.

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