Meri Helle, CEO & Co-founder – Summa Semiconductor | Topic: From a pub to fab in five years – a true story?
Summa Semiconductor Oy was founded in a pub in November 2015. After four years of operations in Micronova’s research infrastructure (open access cleanroom) in Finland, Summa has couple of customers and an 8-person team. Summa is also a shareholder in a joint-venture company, OneFab Finland Oy, that has a plan to make a fab investment in 2020. Deep technologies like microelectronics and photonics face several challenges in turning R&D results to commercial activity. Technology development takes easily several years and it is difficult to scale up the manufacturing volumes in specialty processes involving new materials or non-standard manufacturing process.Is the transition from three founders in a pub to fab investment possible in five years?