07 Dec 2023
Shortlisted firms to showcase invest-ready photonics at pitch competition at Photonics West.
The SPIE Startup Challenge is a competitive entrepreneurial platform for new businesses that utilize optics and photonics for innovative products or applications. Participating teams are competing for sponsored prizes, in addition to gaining increased visibility with potential investors.
Cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500, provided by Startup Challenge Founding Partner Jenoptik, will be awarded to the top three finalists. The SPIE Startup Challenge is also supported by Lead Sponsors Hamamatsu and Thorlabs and Supporting Sponsor NextCorps Luminate.
The industry-judged competition will hear from teams of finalists pitching new products in photonics-enabled healthcare and deep tech. Competition judges include venture capitalists and business-development experts from the photonics industry who will vet applicants for their business case, financial case, and competitive advantages.
This year’s shortlist
Teams competing in the Startup Challenge will get feedback on their business and pitch from business-development experts and investors. This year's products encompass innovations in medical applications, photovoltaic technology, and manufacturing. The six 2024 SPIE Startup Challenge finalists and their technologies are:
More information about the 2024 finalists and the SPIE Startup Challenge can be found here.
Light-based technologies enable developments in a proliferating number of areas, from healthcare and high-speed communications to quantum computing, AR/VR/MR, and self-driving vehicles.
The annual SPIE Startup Challenge provides a distinctive and vibrant platform for optics and photonics startups that are creating novel products, applications, and technologies. Startup Challenge winners that have gone on to wider commercial success include Cellino Biotech, Double Helix Optics, PhotoniCare, C. Light Technologies, Circle Optics, and In A Blink.
For more information and to register for SPIE Photonics West, visit spie.org/pw.