About USound

USound GmbH is a fast-growing audio company, developing and producing the most advanced audio systems for personal applications based on MEMS technology. As a fabless company, process R&D and manufacturing operations are outsourced to world class industrial partners.

Management

Jörg Schönbacher

Joerg Schoenbacher has 10+ years‘ experience in Corporate Finance, Legal Practice and IP Management in the semiconductor industry. Coming from a legal and business background, he started his career in private legal practice focusing on technology financing and VC/PE-projects. He then joined SensorDynamics where he has been responsible for legal and IP and contributed to Finance functions. After SensorDynamics‘ acquisition by Maxim Integrated he has been a Regional Manager Europe for Maxim‘s Consumer and Automotive group and a site manager for Maxim‘s operations in Austria.

Andrea Rusconi Clerici

Andrea Rusconi Clerici has 10+ years technical experience in the MEMS industry having covered several engineering and management positions in R&D, product development, manufacturing engineering and operations. He has experience in research (Fraunhofer Institute), large companies (STMicroelectronics, Maxim Integrated) and start-up (Sensordynamics). At STMicroelectronics he was a key player for realizing the impressive MEMS business growth from scratch to 250M$/Y in 5 years; achievements ranged from new technologies IP and development to product families mass production.

Ferruccio Bottoni

Ferruccio Bottoni has almost 20 years of experience in Semiconductor and MEMS industry. He started in 1995 at STMicroelectronics working on the Flash Memories. Subsequently he joined Robert Bosch GmbH in 1999 were he contributed to the ramp-up of MEMS in the automotive markets. He finally joined Sensordynamics in 2009 as VP operations and he has retained this position until 2013. During his career, Ferruccio has covered several positions Quality and Reliability Engineer, Process Manufacturing Manager, Technical Purchasing Manager and VP Operations.

Advisory Board

Greg Galvin

Herbert Gartner

Ignazio Rusconi Clerici

Investors

AWS

Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH (aws) provides financial aid for the formation and location of high-tech companies in Austria on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, with particular emphasis on the provision of financial aid to technology sectors exhibiting high potential for growth and great innovative strength, such as life sciences, information and communication technology, and physical sciences.

eQventure

eQventure provides Austrian high-tech companies growth capital as well as a strong network and straight forward support in all situations from launching their business up to accelerating growth. eQventure is backed by successful entrepreneurs who invest their own money and know-how in growth-oriented high-tech companies.

FFG

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is the national funding agency for industrial research and development in Austria. As a "one-stop shop" offering a diversified and targeted programme portfolio, the FFG gives Austrian businesses and research facilities quick and uncomplicated access to research funding.

Hermann Hauser

Entrepreneur and venture capital investor Hermann Hauser has been active in the global tech industry for more than four decades. One of his biggest successes is the British chip developer ARM, whose chip design is nowadays found in every smartphone. In 2016 ARM was sold for 31,4 billion dollars to the Japanese tech giant Softbank.

Partners

AT&S

Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft (AT&S AG) is the European market leader and one of the world's leading producers of high-end printed circuit boards. AT&S is especially well positioned worldwide in the highest tech market segment for HDI microvia printed circuit boards, which are chiefly used in mobile devices. The Group is also highly successful in the automotive printed circuit board market, and in the industrial and medical technology sectors. In 2013 AT&S took the next step in implementing its high-tech strategy by entering the IC substrate business as part of a joint venture with a leading global semiconductor manufacturer. As an international growth enterprise, AT&S has a global presence, with three production facilities in Austria (Leoben, Fehring) and one each in India (Nanjangud), China and Korea (Ansan, near Seoul). It currently employs some 7,100 people.

Fraunhofer Institute ISIT

At the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology ISIT, 160 scientists develop and produce power electronics and microsystems according to customers specifications. Important areas of application include energy technology, automotive and transport engineering, the consumer goods industry, medical technology, communications technology, and automation. Modern technologies and equipment based on 200 mm Silicon wafer technology plus the expertise built up over decades put Fraunhofer ISIT and its customers at the forefront of the field worldwide. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently employs more than 25,000 engineers all over the world.

IEM

The Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustic – IEM, founded in 1965, connects the evolution of Musical Arts with experimental Research and Development and plays a pioneering role as an interface between new acoustic technologies and audio praxis. The R&D interests include the areas of artistic research, signal processing, analog and digital music. The unique infrastructure available at the IEM allows for inter-disciplinary experimental studies and characterizations; in the research area of signal processing and acoustics, the focus is on sound analysis, transformation and synthesis in time, frequency and space domains.

STMicroelectronics

STMicroelectronics is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies, providing solutions that make a positive contribution to people's everyday lives. STMicroelectronics delivers key elements to smart driving and the internet of things. With its corporate headquarters in Geneva, the company employs more than 45,000 people worldwide at 11 main manufacturing sites.

Flex

Flex, with its 200,000 employees worldwide, delivers innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets. With unrivalled expertise across every major industry, Flex empowers leading companies to flawlessly develop and launch their next innovation at scale, from ideation, through design and development, to market—and beyond.