Startup Activities at IMS2019

Startup Pavilion: How Collaborations Between Big Corporations and Startups Take Them Both to the Next Level 
Committee: Ryan Lagoy And Janet Nguyen  
New to IMS2019, the Boston Steering Committee is hosting the Startup Pavilion — a stand-out Exhibition floor space dedicated specifically for startup company booths. A series of events will also be held during the course of the week that embodies the excitement and passion startups are known for. With the rise of many successful startups, students, professionals, and even large companies have shown interest in the unique contributions these companies have to offer. Since Boston is the hub for innovative, young companies and prominent entrepreneurs, IMS2019 is the perfect opportunity for the Steering Committee to kick off this new component of IMS! 

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Startups Panel Discussion

Tuesday, 4 June 2019
MicroApps Theater
15:45 - 17:00

How Collaborations Between Big Corporations, Government and Startups Take Them All to the Next Level

Co-chair: Francesca Scire-Scappuzzo, Sr. Director, Advanced Technology and Innovation, BAE Systems

Moderator: Christine Dunn, President, ArcPoint Strategy


  1. Joe Lipowski, CTO, Starry
  2. Warren Katz, Director, Techstars
  3. Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development, MA Executive Office of Housing & and Economic Development
  4. Lisa Aucoin, VP of Engineering, BAE Systems
  5. Glen Clark, Cadence Corporate Vice President, Custom IC & PCB Group

Click here to view the bios of the moderator and panelists

The Next Top Startup Competition

Wednesday, 5 June 2019
MicroApps Theater
16:30 - 18:00

Polls and Questions: Participate in polls and ask questions using Slido

“The Next Top Startup” will be held in the MicroApps Theater on the IMS Exhibition Floor. This pitch event is where small companies, students, and creative individuals can pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for prizes and fame in front of the audience. The judges are from all areas of the startup ecosystem, including investment firms, tech startup incubators, and experts in RF technologies. The judges will provide valuable feedback from their wealth of experience, and the participants will get the opportunity to show off their products and ideas to IMS Exhibition attendees. The startups will compete for various prizes and the title of “Best Startup of IMS2019.” 

Host: Chandra Briggman, Director of Venture Café

“The Next Top Startup” Pitching Event Judges:

  1. Jacques Benkoski, Partner, U.S. Venture Partners
  2. Craig Mullet, President, Branison Group
  3. Cliff Hirsch, Founder, Pinestream Communications
  4. Dave Aldrich, Skyworks Chairman of the Board

View the bios of the judges


  • Spotlight article in Microwave Journal
  • 1 hour of free mentorship at the Cambridge Innovation Center’s Venture Café 

Click here to register to participate!

IP101 Talk

Thursday, 6 June 2019
YP Lounge
13:00 - 14:00

Introduction to Intellectual Property for Early-Stage Companies

In an economy strongly characterized by fast technological change and easy access to information, intellectual property is more important than ever before. Businesses are increasingly relying on IP to raise capital, erect barriers to entry, generate steady revenue streams, defend against lawsuit threats and improve market position. IP has become particularly important for early-stage companies that aim to create a market foothold using technological innovation.        

This talk provides an introduction to intellectual property, common misconceptions and best practices. Topics discussed in this talk include trademarks, patents and trade secrets, and how early-stage companies can leverage these to further their goals. Common questions addressed in this talk include: what rights does a patent provide? when should I file a patent application? can a patent be obtained worldwide?   


About the speaker:

Michele Moresco, PhD is a patent agent in the Electrical and Computer Technologies group at Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, a Boston-based law firm that specializes in intellectual property law. Michele has extensive knowledge in the areas of optics and photonics, communications, semiconductors, electromagnetism and signal processing.

Michele counsels clients, including start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and academic institutions, on IP best practices. His practice focuses on U.S. and international patent prosecution, patent litigation, due diligence and freedom-to-operate.

Prior to joining Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, Michele was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. While at MIT, Michele was involved in a variety of research topics, including fiber-optics networks, infrared and visible pixel arrays, and Lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles. Michele holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Boston University, where he presented a thesis on Monte Carlo models for semiconductor materials and devices.