Introducing George Palikaras from Meta Materials Inc. (META)
George is a Deeptech Entrepreneur and the founding CEO of Metamaterial Inc. (META), a publicly listed smart materials and photonics company, with the mission to change the way we use, interact and benefit from light and other forms of energy. Over the past 10 years, he has forged partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, enabling META to develop and lead disruptive technologies in aerospace, medical, automotive, cleantech, and consumer electronics industries. His passion for technology and entrepreneurship resulted in being named 2018 ‘Endeavor Entrepreneur’, 2017 ‘40 under 40’ by Fortune Magazine (Greece), ‘Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst and Young (Canada). Under his leadership, META has received numerous prestigious industry awards including the 2019 ‘Global Cleantech 100’. The start-ups he has led have developed strong IP portfolios with over 150 patents, completed two M&A, and raised more than $75M in funding. Prior to META, George founded MediWise Ltd. a research and development medtech company based in London, UK. George has received Executive Education at Harvard, INSEAD, UCL, and Stanford Business Schools. He earned his BEng. in Computer Engineering, an MSc. in Digital Communication Systems, and did his Ph.D. studies in Metamaterial science with over 40 journal publications. He is a named inventor in 30 patents. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, George worked as a researcher at Queen Mary University in London in wearable and implantable sensors development. He also worked in the industry at Wireless Technology Laboratories (former Nortel Networks) working with a team of engineers and managers through contract bidding and technology development for large telecommunication OEMs in excess of $30m.