Silicon Catalyst Announces Newly Admitted Startups to Semiconductor Incubator

Espre Technologies & Owl Autonomous Imaging

Silicon Valley, CA (December 17, 2018) – Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, announces the admission of two early-stage companies into the semiconductor industry’s highly acclaimed 24-month incubation program:

  • Espre Technologies
    • Real-time data analytics & IoT embedded services for wireless networks
  • Owl Autonomous Imaging
    • Thermal Ranging™ LiDAR Fusion Camera for Safe Autonomous Vehicle Operation

Silicon Catalyst uniquely provides startups with goods and services from a comprehensive network of In-Kind Partners (IKPs) to dramatically reduce the cost of development. Over the past three years, Silicon Catalyst has reviewed over 250 early-stage companies and has now admitted a total of 18 startups into the incubator. These Portfolio Companies can utilize tools from a variety of design and test vendors, as well as access to shuttle / MPW runs with TSMC foundry fab services. Additionally, the startups can tap into the rapidly expanding Silicon Catalyst network of Advisors, IKPs and investors.

“Our screening and due diligence process for the recent applicants to our incubator has resulted in the selection of these two exciting new companies. We’re extremely pleased to welcome Espre Technologies and Owl Autonomous Imaging to our incubator, as they are targeting two of the most promising application segments in the industry – wireless communications and autonomous vehicle electronics. We look forward to enabling their growth, utilizing the Silicon Catalyst ecosystem of Advisors, IKPs, Strategic Partners and investor network,” stated Pete Rodriguez, CEO of Silicon Catalyst. “We are seeing a diverse set of startups that are applying to our incubator for our Q1 2019 selection process. The deadline for submitting an application is January 21, 2019, to be considered to present at our Silicon Catalyst Screening meeting in March 2019.”

About Espre Technologies

Espre Technologies is an innovative solutions provider developing technologies related to next generation wireless products. The company holds intellectual property related to Internet of Things (IoT) for 5G networks and embedded cooperative network solutions, carrier aggregation techniques in LTE, and A.I. applications related to real-time user wireless data capture and analytics. Espre has developed and patented an industry disruptive communications protocol that is designed to integrate within existing WiFi and cellular networks.

Espre was founded by Dr. John Terry, a recognized industry expert in wireless communication system design in the areas of chaos communications, WLAN & OFDM networks, and carrier aggregation for LTE and WiFi networks. Dr. Terry has generated over 50 issued / pending domestic and foreign patents related to wireless technology. Further company information can be found at

About Owl Autonomous Imaging

Owl Autonomous Imaging has recently completed and delivered a two-color infrared camera for the US Air Force.  Leveraging this technology and the associated patent portfolio, Owl AI is now developing a 4D-camera that combines 1550nm Flash-LiDAR and Thermal imaging (IR) within a single solid-state mega-pixel focal plane, targeting ADAS and Autonomous vehicles.  This is a unique sensor fusion solution for the industry.

Owl AI was co-founded by Chuck Gershman.  Mr. Gershman has 30 years of semiconductor industry experience in executive management, marketing, engineering, business development, sales, consulting and executive advising. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Gershman has been a member of the executive team of five startups, three of which as CEO/COO. He has had successful exits with acquisitions by Intel and PMC-Sierra.  Further company information can be found at

About Silicon Catalyst

Silicon Catalyst is the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, building a coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. Over 250 startup companies have engaged with Silicon Catalyst since April 2015, with a total of 18 startup companies admitted to the incubator. With a world-class network of mentors to advise startups, Silicon Catalyst is helping startups address challenges moving from idea to realization. The incubator/accelerator supplies startups with facilities, a path to funding, tools, networking and marketing acumen to successfully launch their companies’ novel technology solutions.

Silicon Catalyst was the recipient of the prestigious 2015 ACE Award for Start-Up Company of the Year.   Visit Silicon Catalyst at


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