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Raymond Chik (he/him)

Chairman, HardTech Investor Network

Dr. Raymond Chik holds a PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto. He co-founded Kapik Integration in 2008 and Untether AI in 2018, where he currently serves as Chair of the Board, in addition to his involvement with several other semiconductor startups. His career in the semiconductor industry is marked by successful ventures, establishing his reputation as a seasoned chip design engineer and entrepreneur.

Beyond his technical expertise, Raymond is an angel investor and advisor, offering insights to tech startups globally. He mentors at the University of Toronto Engineering Hatchery and holds influential positions on the Board of Directors of the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACCE) and the Advisory & Membership committees of the HardTech Investor Network (HIN). Recently, he was selected as the Chairman of the Board for The HardTech Investor Network, the largest investment network focused on investing in deeptech and hardtech startups and scaleups.

Raymond is active in various angel investment groups and networks, including Maple Leaf Angels and Keiretsu Forum. He is a Limited Partner and Venture Partner in several angel funds and investment networks, demonstrating his deep engagement in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

His professional journey includes serving as the founding Chair of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society's Toronto Chapter (2000-2007). Raymond has received several honors, including the ACCE’s Best Start-Up Award of 2022 for Untether AI and the CanadianSME Tech Business of the Year 2022, underscoring his leadership in the technology sector.https://www.linkedin.com/in/raymondchik/

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Oxford debate: Hardtech Startups are a bad investment

Securing a 10x boost in hardware financing proves challenging; it's less about venture capital and more about navigating the realm of corporate and project development. Join us for an engaging Oxford-style debate where venture capitalists and corporate development experts will go head-to-head, discussing the challenges and opportunities in funding hardware projects. Explore the role of venture capital versus corporate partnerships in driving innovation and navigating the complexities of hardware financing See more.
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