SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- $150,000 seems a princely sum in exchange for an elevator pitch but not when you consider the research that went into it.
The Elevator Pitch Session, a contest recently sponsored by MIG (MEMS Industry Group, based in Pittsburgh, Pa.), brought out dozens of submissions competing for a $150,000 purse. Narrowed down to six entrants, finalists were allowed to give a five-minute pitch with five slides and five minutes for questions in front of a live audience at the MEMS Executive Congress 2014, held in Scottsdale, Ariz. Nov. 5-7.
Quilt packaging (QP) attaches die together using hexagonal (or square) form factors that snap together to create interconnected systems that can mix processes, such as CMOS, GaAs, and MEMS, on the same quilt.
(Source: Indiana Integrated Circuits)
Contestants could be any individual, researcher, or company wanting to pitch a product using a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device to venture capitalists and executives from the MEMS and sensor industry.
The $150,000 iGrant, which went to Indiana Integrated Circuits for its quilt packaging technique was provided by Rogue Valley Microdevices and the Sustainable Valley Technology Group. The award also included one free year of MEMS Industry Group membership.
Here are the six finalists from this year:
- About the Elevator Pitch Session
- Quilt packaging -- winner
- Temperature sensing MEMS resonator
- Dental tool for measuring teeth position
- Mouthguard measures force of impact for athletes
- Tracking your golf swing
- World’s smallest hot plate