Attend a seminar about key elements of a business plan for startups, April 3

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Join the ASU Center for Semiconductor Microelectronics, or ACME, for a distinguished speaker seminar.

The engine of economic growth is entrepreneurship. Each year technologists, faculty members, graduate students and other visionaries develop concepts, products and
services that are revolutionary and continue to define the evolution of our society. While most creative ideas have tremendous merit, it is only some that receive the appropriate funding to help commercialize them and transform them into products and services that benefit mankind and serve as an engine of economic growth. Several individuals wonder why their concepts or ideas were not funded. Why indeed could they not be commercialized but had to die in their infancy? An important
answer is that the business plan that was presented to the investors was inadequate. This lecture will provide you with a simple yet powerful and effective
approach to developing a successful business plan for a startup company.

Key Elements of a Business Plan for a Startup Company featuring Asad M. Madni
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Seminar: 3–4 p.m.
Reception: 4–5 p.m.
Interdisciplinary Sciences and Technology Building IV (ISTB4) Marston Exploration Theater, Tempe campus [map]
Register before Monday, April 1, 2024

About the speaker

Asad M. Madni served as president, COO and CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. from 1992 until its $600 million acquisition by Schneider Electric in 2006. He led the development and commercialization of intelligent sensors, systems, and instrumentation for which he has received worldwide acclaim including, the Extremely Slow Motion Servo Control System for Hubble Space Telescope’s Star Selector System which provided the Hubble with unprecedented pointing accuracy and stability, resulting in truly remarkable images that have enhanced our understanding of the universe; and the revolutionary MEMS GyroChip® technology which is used worldwide for Electronic Stability Control and Rollover Protection in passenger vehicles, thereby saving millions of lives every year.

Prior to BEI he was chairman, president and CEO of Systron Donner Corporation and made pioneering contributions to RF and microwave systems and instrumentation that significantly enhanced the capabilities of the U.S. Tri-Services and allies. He is currently an independent consultant, distinguished adjunct professor and distinguished scientist at UCLA’s ECE Department. He received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in electrical sciences and engineering from UCLA, a doctorate in engineering from California Coast University and SE (program for senior executives) from MIT Sloan School of Management.

He is the recipient of more than 100 national and international honors and awards including, National Inventors Hall of Fame, John Fritz Medal (widely recognized as the “Nobel Prize” in engineering), IEEE Medal of Honor (the institute’s highest honor, widely recognized as the “Nobel Prize’ in electronics/electrical sciences and engineering), Royal Academy of Engineering Prince Philip Medal (academy’s highest individual honor), Elmer A. Sperry Medal, IEEE Frederik Philips Medal, ASME Soichiro Honda Medal, Ellis Island Medal of Honor and IET J.J. Thomson Medal. He has been elected a fellow or member by the world’s most prestigious academies including, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Inventors, Royal Academy of Engineering, Canadian Academy of Engineering, New York Academy of Sciences, Washington Academy of Sciences, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Royal Aeronautical Society, AAAS, AIAA, IEEE, IET, SAE, AAIA and American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. In 2019, IEEE HKN named its top award “The Asad M Madni Outstanding Technical Achievement and Excellence Award” to honor his nearly 50 years of technical and philanthropic accomplishments, and visionary leadership.