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.

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.

The submission period for the 2018 SPIE Startup Challenge is closed.

Learn more about the competition.

Application opens: 18 September
Application deadline: 13 November
Semi-Finalists Notified: 30 December
Events at Photonics West: 26 January - 31 January 2018


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