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Judges, Advisors, Supporters

SPIE Startup Challenge Judges

Thank you to all of our volunteer judges, advisors, teachers, and supporters for generously lending time, energy, and expertise in support of optics and photonics entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship Instruction
Andrea Belz Andrea Belz, Belz Consulting & Univ. of Southern California
Photo to come Viktor Brandtneris, Brandtneris Consulting, NSF I-Corps instructor
Finals Pitch Judges
Steven Konsek Steven Konsek, National Science Foundation
Jenny Rooke Jenny Rooke, 5 Prime Ventures
Jason Eichenholz Jason Eichenholz, Open Photonics
Marc Himel Marc Himel, JENOPTIK Optical Systems
Bruce Itchkawitz Bruce Itchkawitz, Knobbe Martens
Peter Whitney Peter Whitney, Axsun Technologies
Mike Mielke Mike Mielke, TRUMPF
Sam Sadoulet Sam Sadoulet, Edmund Optics
Semi-Final Judges (2015 judges)
Lynore Abbott Lynore Abbott, Logical Marketing
Faz Bashi Faz Bashi, Life Science Angels
Tom Battley Tom Battley, New York Photonics
Robert Bernath Robert Bernath, Univ. of Central Florida
Photo to come William Burgess, Power Technology
Arun Chhabra Arun Chhabra, 8tree, Inc.
John Dexheimer John Dexheimer, LightWave Advisors
Photo to come Amit Mulgaonkar, Mithril Capital Management, LLC
Carolina Garcia Rizo Carolina Garcia Rizo, Roche Molecular Systems
Photo to come Megan Shay, Meaning/Design/Structure, LLC
Mark Wippich Mark Wippich, LightWave Advisors
Quarter-Final Judges
Nate Kemp Nate Kemp, Axsun Technologies
Peter Fendel Peter Fendel, Thorlabs
Sergey Egorov Sergey Egorov, Del Mar Photonics
William Goodman William Goodman, Trex Enterprises
Marc Himel Marc Himel, JENOPTIK Optical Systems
Brandon Conover Brandon Conover, Practical Scientific Solutions
Jeff Sercel Jeff Sercel, JPSercel TBC LLC
Kevin McCarthy Kevin McCarthy, Shasta Crystals
Gregg Favalora Gregg Favalora, VisionScope Technologies
Hemai Parthasarathy Hemai Parthasarathy, Breakout Labs
Hariharan Subramanian Hariharan Subramanian, Northwestern University

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