08 Dec 2022
Photonics West showcase for innovative photonics technologies in healthcare and deep tech.Photonics West 2023.
The SPIE Startup Challenge is an entrepreneurial pitch competition for new businesses that utilize optics and photonics to create innovative products, applications, and technologies. Transformational innovations this year include healthcare and deep tech innovations in medical diagnostics, medical imaging, food safety, and display technology.
The annual competition is supported by founding partner Jenoptik; lead sponsors Edmund Optics, Hamamatsu, MKS Instruments, and Thorlabs; and supporting sponsors NextCorps Luminate and Photonics Media.
Judges include venture capitalists and business-development experts who vet the applicants for their business case, financial case, and competitive advantages.
Startup Challenge winners that have gone on to wider commercial success include Cellino Biotech, Circle Optics, C. Light Technologies, Double Helix Optics, In A Blink, and PhotoniCare.
The ten 2023 SPIE Startup Challenge finalists are:
The full list of SPIE Startup Challenge finalists can also be found here.
In addition, four companies currently in the process of early-stage fundraising — Scinvivo, Comptek Solutions, Scantinel Photonics, and Nicslab — will be presenting their new technologies to prospective investors.
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