Thirty-two top semiconductor investors will participate in the judging panel of this year's "Chip Power" demo event to coach and help Chinese IC startups, announced the event press release last weekend.
The "Chip Power" demo has been a primary platform for semiconductor entrepreneurs to connect with China's investor community, organized by JW Insights and China Semiconductor Investment Alliance（CSIA). It is the 3rd year of the event, and the final competition is scheduled for late June at the 5th JiWei Semiconductor Summit in Xiamen City in southeastern Fujian Province.
The 32 investor judges are all Tier 1 semiconductor investors active in China with IC entrepreneur, professional IC investment house, and top U.S. company Chinese executive background. It is the most robust judging panel of the event so far. Heading them are Chen Datong, Chairman of the Investment Committee of Oriza Holdings; Huang Qing, GM of Walden International；Pan Jianyue, Founding Co-Partner of Summitview Capital & ex-long-time Synopsys China President.
China's semiconductor investment hit a record high last year with 400 cases and attracted a total of Rmb140 billion ($21.7 billion). That momentum is staying high now with interest from entrepreneurs, investors, and stock traders in the country. The 2021 demo event intends to showcase more new semiconductor startups, facilitating industry progress.
In the 2019 "Chip Power" demo event, 100 projects registered for 18 investor panel judges and 15 projects won the final, with the most winning investment deals later. Following the pandemic breakout in 2020, JW Insights and CSIA continued the event and held the demo part online. Finally, 25 top-notch investors commented on showcased projects. JW Insights' financial advice department also came to assist. In the end, 18 projects came on top, and over half signed up with investors later.
The 2021 demo is open to projects with the need for before-B-series financing in IC design, semiconductor materials, equipment, AI, 5G communications, and related ICT industries. The voting for applicants to go to the final will start in late May, and the closed-door presentations and the final award ceremony will run in late June in Xiamen City.
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