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NATIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR STRATEGY

By | November 30th, 2021|Categories: News, People, Technology|

City of London Club NOVEMBER 11TH 2021 The Evening The evening brought together key parts of the semiconductor industry to consider the need for a National Semiconductor Industry Strategy. 80 guests attended, which included government officials, investors and industry. The Venue A view of the neo-classical 1834 facade. The City of London Club is a point of continuity in the financial centre, the skyline of which changes almost daily as another Cheese Grater or Gherkin building goes up. The building was completed in 1834 making it the oldest Club in the [...]

The Battery Investor Forum

By | November 10th, 2021|Categories: News, People, Technology|

Sept 16 2021 Venue: Worcester College The Evening The purpose of the evening was to demystify the battery sector for an investor audience. Nearly 30 investment firms attended from out of a total of 105 guests. The event comprised a (gentle) Dragons’ Den, Self-Intros by Bessemer members, speakers at dinner, discussion and active networking. The Venue In the photograph, the Dining Hall is located behind the colonnades, occupying half the space of the ground floor, with its entrance to the far right. Beneath it are medieval cellars which have been converted to a [...]

Member Profile: PragmatIC Semiconductor

By | October 19th, 2021|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

PragmatIC Semiconductor: How a successful scale-up funding round will accelerate the rollout of ultra-low-cost flexible integrated circuits Confidence is high at PragmatIC Semiconductor, the provider of ultra-low-cost flexible integrated circuits that can be embedded into everyday objects. The company, headquartered in Cambridge and with its first fabrication line in the North East of England, has just announced the completion of an $80 million Series C funding round. The investment will enable it to scale up its FlexLogIC manufacturing model, producing billions of flexible circuits at an order of magnitude lower cost than traditional [...]

Member Profile: UtterBerry

By | July 4th, 2021|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

How an innovative UK company is leading the way in developing intelligent, low-power sensors for a connected world. Smart infrastructure is big business. All over the world, digital sensing technologies are being deployed on a broad range of structures such as bridges and tunnels, providing engineers with real-time condition monitoring data that helps protect asset integrity. Notably, it is a British company initially spun out from the University of Cambridge that leads the way. UtterBerry produces miniature, artificially intelligent, ultra-lower power wireless sensors used in various major infrastructure projects, including London’s Crossrail and [...]

Member Profile: Puraffinity

By | March 25th, 2021|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Puraffinity: the Imperial College start-up which plans to clean-up the world ‘Great oaks from little acorns grow’. That is a proverb that resonates with Henrik Hagemann, chief executive officer at biotech start-up Puraffinity, whose company began life as an idea in an international science competition and is now backed by private capital to the tune of several million pounds. The London-based green technology company, incorporated in 2015, is focussed on designing smart materials for environmental applications such as removing human-made pollutants from water and wastewater using an easily deployed adsorbent media. Puraffinity has proven [...]

Member Profile: Ilika Technologies

By | December 15th, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Ilika Technologies: Standing on the cusp of a revolution in solid-state battery technology These are exciting times for Ilika Technologies – the solid-state battery pioneer initially spun out of the University of Southampton. Having raised £15 million of new funding in April 2020, the company is set to feel the benefit of two significant investments in its manufacturing facilities, which will enable it to increase production capacity rapidly. With the investment programmes in place, Ilika has emerged as a major player in the solid-state battery sector – capitalising on its expertise in electro [...]

Tokamak Energy: Replicating the power of the sun

By | September 10th, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

David Kingham, one of the founders of Tokamak Energy, describes the challenges of delivering commercially-viable fusion energy by 2030 It is hard enough for any science and engineering-related organisation to bring advanced technology to the market. But when striving to establish a business based on the immensely ambitious aim of providing an endless supply of clean and abundant power, forever, those challenges are magnified many times over. David Kingham, one of the founders of Tokamak Energy, with the ST40 fusion energy device. That is the enormity of the task facing David [...]

Member profile: Building the UK’s Mittelstand

By | July 19th, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

Meet Nick Russel – the man who wants UK manufacturing to learn from Germany by taking a longer-term view of success The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a long-overdue reflection on the importance of national industrial capability. Many UK manufacturers proved their agility at a time of urgent need, forming part of a herculean effort to meet the demand for a range of equipment, from ventilators through to PPE. The response provided a stark reminder of the value of having a flexible indigenous manufacturing base. But what if that manufacturing sector didn’t exist? What [...]

Member profile: Zilico Ltd

By | May 5th, 2020|Categories: Member Profile|Tags: |

How a Manchester-based start-up has become a global innovator in real-time diagnostic health technology Growing a business from small beginnings is never an easy task. At Manchester-based bio-electric company Zilico Ltd, Chief Executive Sameer Kothari has spent the last decade attempting to navigate the route to success. Zilico has developed an innovative platform technology that could transform health diagnostics around the world. Yet realising this potential has been a journey of many ups and a few downs. “Scaling a technology business is never easy, as the challenges come thick and fast,” says Sameer. [...]

HARD TECH ROAD TO WESTMINSTER

By | February 27th, 2020|Categories: News, People, Technology|

February 27th, 2020 Venue: The House of Commons Churchill Room A perfectly-named room to host the battling Hard Tech community inside the Corridors of Power. The bust of Sir Winston peered out discreetly from an alcove behind our speakers’ table. The purpose of the dinner was to bring the Bessemer entrepreneur hard tech community front and forward with policy makers at the House of Commons for better mutual understanding, with the support of the Foundation for Science and Technology. THE FOUNDATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY The Foundation brings together representatives from Parliament, government, [...]