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SPIE Startup Challenge Judges

Thank you to all of our volunteer judges, advisors, teachers, and supporters for generously lending time, energy, and expertise in support of optics and photonics entrepreneurship.

 

Finals Judges

Jason Eichenholz
Luminar Technologies
Marc Himel 
JENOPTIK Optical Systems
Andreas Popp 
TRUMPF GmbH + Co, KG
Sujatha Ramanujan 
High Tech Rochester Inc.; Luminate Accelerator
Jenny Rooke
Genoa Capital
Samuel Sadoulet
Edmund Optics Inc.
Darius Sankey
Innovation Acceleration Capital
Homan Yuen
NewGen Capital

Semi-finalist Judges

Faz Bashi 
Life Science Angels
Peter Fendel 
Thorlabs, Inc.
Katie Gray 
In-Q-Tel
Greg Hollows 
Edmund Optics Inc.
Frank Levinson 
Small World Group
Robert Mandra 
RSM Advisors, LLC.
Eric Mottay 
Amplitude Systemes
Amit Mulgaonkar 
Mithril Capital
Sam Rubin 
Thorlabs, Inc.
Linda Smith 
CERES Technology Advisors, Inc.
Michael Wiemer 
Solar Junction
Mark Wippich 
LightWave Advisors, Inc.

Pre-Event Judges

Lynore Abbott 
Logical Marketing LLC
Robert Bernath 
CREOL, University of Central Florida
William Burgess 
Power Technology, Inc.
John Dexheimer 
LightWave Advisors
Thomas Dudley 
Boston University
William Goodman 
Trex Enterprises
Carla Haugen 
Rocaton Investment Advisors
Bruce Itchkawitz 
Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP
Jeff Sercel 
JPSercel TBC LLC
Hariharan Subramanian
Northwestern University
Babak Tehranchi 
Perkins Coie LLP
Matthias Wagner 
1087systems