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SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre
Brussels, Belgium
3 - 7 April 2016
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Photonics Innovation Village 2016: entrepreneurs made their pitch

Photonics Innovation Village at Photonics Europe

Photonics Innovation Village at SPIE Photonics Europe 2016 - showcases research and innovative products from universities, nonprofits, and research centres.

See the 2016 Photonics Innovation Village Award Winners


High power adaptable laser beams for materials processing
HALO (Vivid Components) UK 

Mid-to near infrared spectroscopy for improved medical diagnostics
MINERVA (Vivid Components) UK

4D time lapse quantitative camera module that can be attached to any microscope camera port
d'Optron Pte Ltd (Nanyang Technological University) Singapore

Photonic Jet Station: Using a shaped tip optical fibre to generate the photonic jet phenomenon
Photonic Jet Microetching Station (Icube laboratory) France

Zeroptics eliminates light reflections off optical surfaces by nano-structuring 
Zeroptica (University College Cork) Ireland

A compact and CMOS Quantum Random Generator (QRNG) based on Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) array 
Nanoscience Laboratory, Department of Physics (University of Trento) Italy

EasyTIRf: a low cost slide holder with integrated led illumination 
University of Twente (University of Twente) Netherlands

Fluolink: A handheld probe for detection of brain tumor during surgery
FluoLink (Linköping University Biomedical Engineer) Sweden

Fastree3D develops next generation 3D imaging sensors that recognize and locate fast moving objects in 3D in real-time 
FASTREE3D (EPFL) Switzerland

Purpose of the Innovation Village
Support and publicise research teams from universities, non-profit institutions and research centres who are working on research, new applications and product development.
Provide free exhibition space together with broad exposure and publicity to the young innovators who are developing the photonics-based products of the future.
Showcase Europe's (and the world's) finest research programmes and to encourage the transfer of optics/photonics research and technology into new and useful products.
Benefits of participating in the Innovation Village
The village will be open to all attendees of the Photonics Europe conference and the Photonics Europe exhibition, plus press and other officials, giving your product international visibility.
Press releases will be distributed to all industry publications and a description of all projects will appear on the SPIE web site.
A special effort will be made to invite Venture Capital companies, and being present in the Village will give you an opportunity to meet them.

2016 submission deadline has passed

Read 2016 submission guidelines and competition rules

Download 2016 submission rules and guidelines

The 7th edition of the Photonics Innovation Village will be organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. By taking part in the competition, innovative researchers will be able to showcase their latest research to industry innovators and other photonics visionaries.

Ready to get started on your new photonics business?

SPIE is sponsoring a $2000 travel grant for one Innovation Village team to attend Photonics West and pitch in the 2017 Startup Challenge.*

This competitive event invites new entrepreneurs to pitch their light-based technology business plan to a team of business development experts and venture capitalists. The best pitches receive cash prizes, mentoring from successful business starters, and the opportunity to pitch for people that can offer investment deals.

Get connected with the SPIE Startup Challenge network of entrepreneurs and investors. Learn more

*The winner will apply to pitch in the 2017 competition, applications open mid-October 2016.