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SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West 2017

Participate in this global competition for prospective entrepreneurs, start-ups and emerging companies working in the optics and photonics industry.

With over $85,000 in cash, prizes, promotion, and more.

Application opens 10 October

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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.

 
2016 winners and finalists

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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