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SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West 2017

SPIE Startup Challenge is a high-stakes, global competition where entrepreneurs in photonics have just 5 minutes each to pitch their businesses to a team of expert judges, and vie for over $85,000 in cash, prizes, promotion, and more.

Congratulations Cellino, winner of the 2017 SPIE Startup Challenge.

Six companies were selected 31 January from 23 semi-finalists to compete in the final round of the Startup Challenge 1 February during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco.

Stay tuned for more information on our winners and finalists coming soon.

Check out our 2017 Startup Challenge Semi-Finalists.

Thank you to all those who applied.

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The SPIE Startup Challenge is held annually at Photonics West. This competitive event invites new entrepreneurs to pitch their light-based technology business plan to a team of corporate development experts and venture capitalists.

The best pitchers receive cash prizes and are selected to attend a week long entrepreneur boot camp to refine their ideas and make further contacts with experts.



Contact innovation@spie.org with questions or comments.


I didn't win first place in the SPIE Startup Challenge but I received great feedback, learned how to refine my pitch, and met two people who have since become my start up advisors. SPIE is doing a great service!"

- E. Hooman Banaei, Founder and CEO of Everix

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