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SPIE Startup Challenge Cash and Prizes

Cash and Prizes

With over $85,000 in cash, prizes, promotion, and more, this is your chance to be seen, learn, and win!

This multi-day event will help participants refine their business case, analyze markets, and develop a network of connections to help drive their new venture.

FIRST STAGE: Top 20 Semi-Finalists receive:

Expert feedback on business model from photonics industry leaders
Networking lunch with mentors and investors
Semi-finalist promotion on optics.org, SPIE.org, social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter),and press release
Product Demo time on PW Exhibit Hall floor - Startup Alley

$2,000 value to each finalist

NOTETwo (2)semi-finalists can win an "Early Stage Travel Award" (travel reimbursement and pass to the Photoncis West conference), a $2,500 value.* 

SECOND STAGE: 6 Finalists also receive:

Additional training opportunity with NSF I-Corps instructors (and may qualify for I-Corps funding)
Finalist promotion on optics.org, SPIE.org, social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), press releases, as well as the Photonics West Final Program, Exhibition Guide, and Photonics West Show Daily
Registration reimbursement for training
Travel reimbursement for training
A ticket to PRISM awards gala reception and banquet
$3,500 value to each semi-finalists

THIRD STAGE: The 3 winners also receive:

Winner: $10,000 from JENOPTIK + $5,000 in products from Edmund Optics
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd Place: $2,500
Winner promotion on optics.org, SPIE.org, social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), press releases, as well as the Photonics West Final Program, Exhibition Guide, and Photonics West Show Daily
A ticket to PRISM awards gala reception and banquet
Over $25,000 in cash, products, promotion, and more!

* The early stage travel award will go to 2 of the semi-finalists, to be selected by the judges of the written applications.

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