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Industry Program: Entrepreneurs, Investors, Educators Week

Check out the Entrepreneur Program at SPIE Photonics West

Entrepreneurs, investors, educators, and those interested in seeing the next deep tech innovations met at this new, week-long event. Sessions covered a range of topics, from pitching 101 to startup investment trends in deep tech. 

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See what happened last year, review the 2020 schedule

Saturday, 1 FebruaryHealthcare Entrepreneurship Events
1:30 - 2:00 PM Healthcare Keynote: Bruce Tromberg, NIBIB and NIH
2:00 - 3:00 PM Healthcare Founders Panel
3:15 - 4:15 PM Healthcare Investors Panel

Sunday, 2 FebruaryEntrepreneur Program Events (Day 1)
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Startup with Purpose
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch & Strategy Discussion with Sujatha Ramanujan — Luminate Accelerator
1:15 - 2:15 PM Building a Team to Build Your Business Panel Discussion
2:30 - 3:30 PM Milestones and Money Panel Discussion
3:30 - 5:45 PM Risk 2 Value Course

Monday, 3 FebruaryEntrepreneur Program Events (Day 2)
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Customer Discovery with NSF I-Corps Instruction
12:00 - 1:30 PM Startup Mentoring and Networking Lunch
1:30 - 5:00 PM Office Hours — Startup Teams and Mentors
2:00 - 3:00 PM FDA Regulatory Shark Tank

Tuesday, 4 FebruarySPIE Venture Summit Events
8:00 - 10:00 AM Pre-Seed Stage Deep Tech Pitches
8:00 - 10:00 AM Pre-Seed Stage Healthcare Pitches
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Demos & Startup Alley
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Seed Stage Deep Tech Semi-Finals
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Seed Stage Healthcare Semi-Finals
11:00 - 11:30 AM SPIE Venture Summit Welcome & Fireside Chat with Laurent Daudet, LightOn
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Fireside Chat with Phil Greenhalgh, Wave Optics
12:00 - 1:00 PM SPIE Venture Summit Networking Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 PM SPIE Venture Summit Keynote — 45 Billion Cameras by 2022 will fuel business opportunities
1:30 - 2:30 PM M&A Trends in Photonics — Data & Discussion
2:45 - 3:45 PM Investing in Photonics Panel Discussion
4:00 - 5:00 PM Series A/B Pitches
5:00 - 6:00 PM SPIE Venture Summit Closing Reception

Wednesday, 5 FebruaryStartup Challenge Events
7:45 - 9:00 AM NSF Impact Program Debrief
9:00 - 9:30 AM Startup Challenge Keynote — Healthcare 2030
9:30 - 11:30 AM SPIE Startup Challenge — Healthcare
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Healthcare — Startup Pitch Review
12:30 - 1:30 PM SPIE Startup Challenge — Past Winners Panel
1:30 - 3:30 PM SPIE Startup Challenge — Deep Tech
3:30 - 4:00 PM Deep Tech — Startup Pitch Review
4:00 - 5:00 PM SPIE Startup Challenge — Awards & Reception

Your paid Photonics West badge gives you access

A SPIE Photonics West full conference registration is required for access to the Entrepreneur program. 

Popular activities included with your registration:

BiOS Expo, Photonics West Exhibition, 2-day Job Fair, and other exhibit floor activities
Industry Program, which includes the 6-Day Entrepreneur Program
SPIE Venture Summit
  Startup Challenge pitches and awards
SPIE AR, VR, MR 2021 Conference