Doing a PhD or Masters in a technical subject and want to make an impact, but don't know where to start? Learn more about the route from academic research to launching your own startup from founders who have been exactly where you are.

From PhD to Startup: Oxford is an event run each term by Entrepreneur First and the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division at Oxford University. This time we will be joined by Basilio Gentile, the co-founder and CTO of Circuit Mind. Circuit Mind is completely automating the design of electronic circuit boards. Circuit boards are integral to products we use everyday – from our smartphones to our televisions and microwaves. But no two boards are the same. Each one is designed to exact specifications that meet the requirements of devices, which mean they take a huge amount of time and skill to create. In fact, every year £40bn and 1.5bn hours are spent globally in tedious and repetitive circuit board design work. Circuit Mind plans to change that. Basilio is building complex algorithms that take in the requirements for a circuit board and outputs the circuit board final design, ready for manufacture. This means better circuits, designed orders of magnitude faster, at a fraction of the cost.


Before starting this company, Basilio completed a Masters in Control Systems Engineering, a Masters in Mathematical Modeling and Computation and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich. His mastery of high-performance mathematical algorithms for complex systems is what sits at the core of Circuit Mind’s solution. He turned down postdocs at Harvard and Berkeley to join Entrepreneur First, where he met his co-founder Tomide and they created Circuit Mind.


Join us to hear more about Basilio's research and journey. Please arrive no later than 5.30pm.

Pizza and beer are, of course, on us.

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