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Participate in the SPIE Startup Challenge

Apply to the SPIE Startup Challenge

The SPIE Startup Challenge 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.

Eligibility
Participants must have an optics or photonics technology or application that they wish to publicly present as the basis for a viable new business. Established companies must be pre-revenue at the time of the written application. Pre-revenue in this case means revenue generated from products sold, not funding acquired through investors, grants, or other support.

Timeline
Application opens: 1 October
Application deadline: 18 November
Semi-Finalists Notified: 30 December
Events at Photonics West: 27 January - 1 February 2017

 

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