2023 Business Plan Contest Winner Shares Innovation Insights

The winner of last year’s Governor’s Business Plan Contest, SixLine Semiconductor’s Katy Jinkins, says her approach to tech challenges is to “fail fast” and frequently as part of the innovation process.

Jinkins, the Middleton-based startup company’s CEO, co-founder and co-inventor, was a featured speaker during a recent Wisconsin Technology Council luncheon in Wauwatosa.

“I know it’s going to not work for a long time, but you have to have fast iteration cycles, and you have to find that next path,” she said last week. “You might keep failing and failing and failing, but eventually you’ll find that route forward. And that’s served me well so far, and that’s what we’re continuing to do at SixLine.”

The Middleton-based company is developing advanced electronics components based on “carbon nanotubes,” microscopic structures that are 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. It officially launched in 2022 after Jinkins began working with these materials during her PhD at UW-Madison, exploring their “really extraordinary” electrical properties, she said.

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