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SPIE Startup Challenge 2014 | Supporting Entrepreneurs in Photonics

 Start-up Challenge LogoSPIE Photonics West
Wednesday 5 February
3:30-6 pm
Moscone Ctr.
Room 130

Winners Announced - see the winning videos and photos!

Thank you to everyone who made the 2014 Startup Challenge a tremendous success. Three winners from a pool of eight finalists were selected by our team of expert judges. However, this result represents the efforts of a much larger team of instructors, mentors, judges, sponsors and of course the entrepreneurs who bring these world-changing devices to the stage. For more complete information on the people involved, please see the event program.

The Startup Challenge will return to Photonics West 2015. The call for applications will open in late October 2014. With the support of Founding Sponsor, JENOPTIK, we'll give away another set of very big checks!

Winner: $10,000 + $5,000 in products from Edmund Optics
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd Place: $2,500

Update (4 February) - Finalists Announced! - Eight pitches have advanced to the public competition at Photonics West.

Update (13 January): The Startup Challenge 2014 Semi-Finalists have been selected. Our judges have evaluated the written applications and selected 25 applicants to enter the semi-final competition. They will refine their pitches during our pitch clinic, network at our entrepreneur lunch, and face another round of judges with their live pitches. The top eight finalists to emerge from this will present their business live to you.

View 2013 Startup Challenge Winners

View 2013 Startup Challenge Finalists 

Please review the eligibility requirements, rules, and contest structure.

Interested in sponsoring, mentoring, or being involved in some way? Contact dirkf@spie.org.

Founding Sponsor:

Lead Sponsor Jenoptik


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