The Arizona State University Center for Semiconductor Microelectronics, or ACME, is hosting a seminar. The center’s event, Distinguished Speaker Seminar – Dr. Asad M. Madni presents “Key Element of a Business Plan for a Start-up Company,” will take place April 3 from 3 to 4 p.m. with a reception afterward at the Marston Exploration Theater on ASU’s Tempe campus. Attendees are required to register on Eventbrite by the deadline of April 1.

The official event description elaborates on the topic discussed.

“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 humankind 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 extremely important answer is that the business plan that was presented to the investors was inadequate. This lecture will provide the audience with a simple yet powerful and effective approach to developing a successful business plan for a start-up company.”

Madni’s career accomplishments include serving as chief operating officer and chief technology officer of BEI Technologies from 1992 until the company was acquired by Schneider Electric in 2006. He led development on a variety of sensors, systems and instruments, including parts used on the Hubble Space Telescope. Before working at BEI, Madni was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Systron Donner Corporation, where he oversaw advances in radio frequency and microwave systems and instrumentation.

He is currently an independent consultant, distinguished adjunct professor and distinguished scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. During his career, Madni has received more than 100 awards, including the 2023 John Fritz Medal from the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Medal of Honor and being named to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.