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2018 Startup Challenge Winners and Finalists


2018 winners, sponsors, and judges gather on stage to celebrate.

Congratulations to all of the participants in the 2018 SPIE Startup Challenge. Learn more about the 24 Semi-Finalists who were selected to participate in the Startup Challenge Pitch Clinic 29 January, and finally compete in the Semi-Finals 30 January for the six coveted spots in the Finals.

2018 Winners & Finalists

Click on the images to watch the finalists' pitch videos.

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PhotoniCare, Inc.

Ryan Shelton

ClearView Imaging Platform

$10,000 prize + $5,000 in equipment

The PhotoniCare ClearView is a simple, low-cost imaging platform that enables users to see through tissue. Visualize the middle ear without cutting the eardrum open.

CareWear Corp.

Chris Castel

CareWear Firefly - Wearable Therapeutic Light

$5,000 Prize

CareWear Firefly is a wearable therapeutic light patch using printed LEDs and CFQD film to treat pain and accelerate recovery from soft tissue injury.

Orbis Diagnostics, Ltd.

Cather Simpson

$2,500 Prize

Orbis will allow smart dairy farmers to innovate by providing key data about core business - producing excellent milk from the healthiest animals in the most sustainable way.


Dorothea Helmer

Specialty Resins for 3D printing of transparent fused silica glass

C. Light - The Neuro-Deficit Screening and Therapy Guidance Tool

Christy Sheehy

C. Light - the fast, objective, and most accurate retinal eye-tracking tool made to help doctors detect the mildest of neuro-deficits, allowing their patients to do what they love safely and for as long as possible.

CarNanny - Smart Baby Car Seat

Chukwunonso Arinze

A seat incorporated with optic sensors that serves as an internet of baby things about the well-being of a baby. Imagine Amazon Echo in a baby car seat with optic sensors.

Learn more about the 2017 winners and finalists with their pitch videos.

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