SPS Entrepreneurship Forum

Date: 14 April 2024
Venue: Grand Ballroom 101, 1F

Local Time (GMT+9) Session
8:30 AM–10:00 AM

Welcome and Keynote Presentation

Speaker: Prof. Kai Yu, Director of Cross-media LANguage IntelligenCE (X-LANCE) Lab
Theme: Scaling Heights, Grounded Solutions: Navigating Practical Problems with Scientific Innovation

10:00 AM–10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM–12:00 PM

Panel Discussion
Theme: Bridging the Gap from Research Lab to Startup Company

Panel Members:
Prof. Kazuya Takeda, VP in charge of startup, Nagoya University, co-founder and former representative director, TierIV Inc.
Dr.Jaesik Lee, Co-Founder and President of Technology, Navitas Solutions
Dr. Midia Yousefi, Senior Research Scientist, Cloud and AI organization, Microsoft, USA
Dr. Zhaojin Lu, Director of the Taiho AI Research Institute and the Chief Scientist at Taiho Creative Technology Group

Prof François Ladouceur, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia

12:00 PM–2:00 PM Lunch Break
2:00 PM– 3:30 PM Pitching Session
3:30 PM–4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM–6:00 PM

Entrepreneurship Training

Prof François Ladouceur, B.Ing, MSc, PhD, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia
Theme“What is Entrepreneurship? How to Create a Startup?”

6:00 PM–7:00 PM Drinks and Informal Networking

Announcement of Pitching Competition Results and Official Forum Close – Prof. Min Wu, SPS President

Entrepreneurship Forum Organizing Committee

Sanghoon Lee

Sanghoon Lee
Yonsei University (Korea)


Eliathamby Ambikairajah
UNSW (Australia)

Shoko Araki

Shoko Araki
NTT Communications Science Laboratories (Japan)


Siqi Cai
National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Haizhou Li
National University of Singapore (Singapore)

Jiwoo Kang

Jiwoo Kang
Sookmyung Women’s University (Korea)


Taewan Kim
Dongduk Women’s University (Korea)

Theme of Entrepreneurship Forum: Exploring Entrepreneurship: From Idea to Startup Success

About the 3rd SPS Entrepreneurship Forum at ICASSP 2024

Welcome to the 3rd Signal Processing Society (SPS) Entrepreneurship Forum at ICASSP 2024! We are thrilled to announce that this time, we will be gathering in the dynamic city of Seoul, Korea. Building on the successes of our inaugural event held in Singapore in 2022 and the 2nd SPS Entrepreneurship Forum that took place in Greece in 2023, the third forum is set to bring together a diverse group of professionals, including seasoned entrepreneurs, visionary startup founders, signal processing researchers, and investors.

The aim of this 1-day event is to promote entrepreneurship amongst the signal processing community by:

  • Sharing entrepreneurship journeys,
  • Discussing challenges and opportunities in translating signal processing research into commercial applications,
  • Providing a platform for pitching and receiving valuable feedback from experts.
  • Training a new generation of signal processing entrepreneurs.

Join us as we come together to share valuable insights, nurture collaborations, and ignite inspiration for the next generation of signal processing entrepreneurs.


For registration fees and details check through

Call for Pitch Competition Proposals: 3rd SPS Entrepreneurship Forum at ICASSP 2024 

We are calling for ICASSP attendees and others with the early-stage companies to join us for this exciting startup Pitch Competition!

The Signal Processing Society (SPS) is soliciting proposals for a Pitch Competition, a part of the SPS Entrepreneurship Forum at ICASSP 2024. This  1-day event held before the ICASSP conference, aims to foster entrepreneurship within the signal processing and information technology community.

Pitch Competition Details:

The Pitch Competition is designed to highlight and promote the next generation of signal processing entrepreneurs and their startups. It will be a key event at the Entrepreneurship Forum that will be held in Seoul, South Korea:

Date: Sunday, 14 April 2024, in-person in Seoul, South Korea.

Prizes: Winner – $5,000 (USD), Runner-up – $2,000 (USD).

Submit your pitch video proposals of no more than 5 minutes https://www.asianlp.sg/conferences/entforum2024/wp/pitch-video-proposal-upload/  by Monday 26 February 2024. Your pitch proposals should clearly explain the value proposition of your startup including who your customers are and how your product satisfies their needs.

The best five pitches will be chosen to present live at the Entrepreneurship Forum on Sunday 14 April 2024

Important Dates

  • Pitch video proposals due Monday 26 February 2024
  • Successful shortlist notified by Monday 11 March 2024
  • Live pitch on Sunday 14 April 2024


Contact Information

  • Sanghoon Lee, Academic Chair of SPS Entrepreneurship Forum at ICASSP 2024, Professor of Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (slee@yonsei.ac.kr)
  • Shoko Araki, Industry Innovation (Forum) at ICASSP 2024, Senior Research Scientist of NTT Communications Science Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan (araki.shoko@ieee.org)
  • EliathambyAmbikairajah, Industry Chair of SPS Entrepreneurship Forum at ICASSP 2024, Professor ofUNSW,Sydney, Australia (e.ambikairajah@unsw.edu.au)

About ICASSP 2024

The 49th edition of the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, & Signal Processing (ICASSP) will be held in Seoul, Korea from 14-19 April 2024. The programme will include keynotes by pre-eminent international speakers, cutting-edge tutorial topics, SP Grand Challenges, and forward-looking special sessions. ICASSP also provides a great networking opportunity with a wide range of like-minded professionals from academia.