CITC enables and stimulates economic opportunities and strengthens the existing ecosystem of companies and knowledge institutions. This is done through knowledge sharing, talent development and start-up support.
One of the challenges of the Dutch semiconductor industry is developing knowledge from academic research into market-ready products. There is a significant gap between a PhD that develops one sample over a four-year period and a multinational with billions of euros of production. This gap is called the ‘Valley of Death’.
CITC is an open innovation center where knowledge institutes and companies come together and share their knowledge. In this way, scientific research leads to technological innovations. Instead of a Valley of Death, we create a ‘Bridge to the Future’. We convert the proof-of-principle into a market-ready concept.
The semiconductor industry is challenged to attract human capital. CITC becomes a center for talent development. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to chip integration issues, while gaining experience on various aspects of the chip industry.
In addition to thinking strategically, we have to do things. The result is a diversity of activities for university, bachelor and vocational students. Not only from Nijmegen, not only from the Netherlands, but worldwide. CITC is a center of education and human capital for all levels of education and all nationalities.
CITC supports start-ups by developing knowledge and valorizing it into spin-outs. In spin-outs, we give attention and targeted support to market-promising technology for emerging markets. Opportunities for spin-off creation come from participating companies as well as from our own research programs.
CITC will work closely with the already established startup ecosystem in the region, such as OostNL, Briskr, Rockstart, Startlife and Stichting Kiemt. The aim is to prepare these spin-outs for external financing and scaling up.