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1. Copyright © 2000-2009 Helic, Inc. 2. Starting up in Athens... back in 2000  Idea based on research @ NTUA  2 EE founders  Some leadership skills…  1…
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  • 1. Copyright © 2000-2009 Helic, Inc.
  • 2. Starting up in Athens... back in 2000  Idea based on research @ NTUA  2 EE founders  Some leadership skills…  1 laptop  A big market…  No money!  A lot of initiative…  Drafted BP! Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 3. Starting up in Athens... back in 2000  Pros: • Engineering talent • Relative lower payroll • Grants from EU and Greece • Living in Greece  Cons: • Away from market center of gravity: Silicon Valley • Lack of market visibility • Far away from expert VCs • No entrepreneurial spirit • Young people risk averse • Wrong ecosystem for high-tech startups Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 4. Raising money… in Athens The famous fund-raising dialog…: CEO: “…give me money to build prototype…” Investor: “…show me paying customer for your product…” CEO: “…if I sold finished product I wouldn’t need money…” Investor: “…technology not proven…I’ll pass…” Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 5. Raising money… in Athens  Greek VCs were: • Not doing startups… • Risk averse! Didn’t invest > €1M • • Had no domain expertise • No entrepreneurs • Had no global network Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 6. Raising money… in Athens  Investors believed in the mgmt team because they didn’t understand the technology Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 7. Operating from Athens  Hard work … 24/7  Imagination, ambition, persistence, patience  A lot of traveling to meet with customers in US and Asia!  Customer support in different timezones… in the middle of the night Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 8. Brief profile  Helic founded May 2000 – team from NTUA  H/Q in CA, sales US, JPN, DE  2000: 5  2009: 45 employees  Cutting-edge world-class technology in EDA and IC design  Aug 2000: 1st high-tech company in Greece raising VC financing  Dec 2003: VeloceRF™ 1st EDA product to market  Profitable and cash-flow positive since 2004  Fast penetration in global market: customers 15 out of 20 big semiconductor players Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 9. Our DNA  Hard work and no talking  Develop world-class technology to help major IC suppliers get chips to production fast  Value our people  Ambition and vision to build global awareness for quality, reliability and innovation  Invest in world-class Greek-origin research: Greek Universities Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 10. Helic sites  R&D and sales offices Salonica, GR Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 11. The semiconductor market  Global R&D investments growth despite downturns Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 12. The EDA market  Continuously growing despite downturns Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 13. Our EDA products Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 14. Helic technology thoroughly validated BiCMOS CMOS Silicon Foundry 0.35um 0.18um 0.18um 0.13um 90nm 65nm 40- 45nm      TSMC        IBM   Fujitsu Microelectronics   Toshiba    Freescale   STMicroelectronics   Jazz Semiconductor  Sony   Panasonic   UMC  AMS  OKI   Intel Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 15. Investments and grants  Equity financing 2000-2008: $7Μ in 3 rounds  Investors: • Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun Microsystems founder and angel investor of Google • Deutsche Bank AM • Big Japanese strategic investor • Big US strategic investor • Alpha Finance • Friends & Family, others  Grants: 2007-2009: $5M • Greek state, Corallia Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 16. Competitive advantage  Experienced management team in global biz dev and product development  Healthy financials: • Current assets > $5M • No debt • Cash-flow positive  Adopted technology: • > 40 corporate customers • > 500 design-engineers using our products  Smart money: Reference investors in semicondutor industry Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
  • 17. Thank you for joining our event! Copyright © 2000-2009, Helic, Inc.
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