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SPIE Startup Challenge Sponsors and Prizes

The SPIE Startup Challenge would not be possible without the continuing and generous support of our sponsors for early-stage entrepreneurs.

2019 Startup Challenge Sponsors

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2019 Startup Challenge Prizes

With over $85,000 in cash, prizes, promotion, and training, this is your chance to be seen, learn, and win!

Winner: $10,000 from JENOPTIK + $5,000 in products from Edmund Optics
2nd Place: $5,000 from JENOPTIK
3rd Place: $2,500 from JENOPTIK

Top 3 also receive:

Promotion on optics.org, SPIE.org, social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), press releases, as well as the Photonics West Show Daily
A ticket to PRISM awards gala reception and banquet
Additional opportunities to connect at future SPIE Events like the Photonics Fast Pitch Lunch

6 Finalists receive:

Additional training opportunity with NSF I-Corps instructors (and may qualify for I-Corps funding)
Promotion on optics.org, SPIE.org, social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), press releases, and Photonics West Show Daily
Registration reimbursement for future training
Travel reimbursement for future training
$3,500 value to each finalist

Semi-Finalists receive:

Expert feedback on business model from photonics industry leaders
Networking lunch with mentors and investors
Semi-finalist promotion on optics.org, SPIE.org, social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), and press release
Product Demo time on PW Exhibit Hall floor - Startup Alley
$2,000 value to each semi-finalist

All Startup Challenge Applicants receive:

Expert feedback on their technology and business model from photonics industry leaders based on their answers to the application


NOTE: Two (2) semi-finalists can win an "Early Stage Travel Award" (travel reimbursement and pass to the Photoncis West conference), a $2,500 value. The early stage travel award will go to 2 of the semi-finalists, to be selected by the judges of the written applications.