The SPIE Startup Challenge is held annually at Photonics West. This competitive event invites new entrepreneurs to pitch their light-based technology business plan to a team of business development experts and investors.
Hosted at SPIE Photonics West
Application process opens 12 September
Startup Challenge applicants receive expert feedback on their technology and business model from photonics industry leaders based on their answers in the application.
Cash prizes for winners:
1st Place - US $10,000
2nd Place - US $5,000
3rd Place - US $2,500
In addition to the cash prizes, winning participants receive immediate and ongoing recognition, including:
Industry leaders at JENOPTIK understand the value of superb innovation. The company's support of SPIE Startup Challege is unmatched.
Participating teams compete for sponsored prizes as well as gaining increased visibility with potential investors.
Industry leaders, mentors, and investors give their time, share expertise, and ensure startup businesses are on a path to success.
Participants in the competition are connected to other entrepreneurs and previous participants.
If you have questions about eligibility, participation, expectations, sponsorship, or anything related to the SPIE Startup Challenge, please contact Emily Bottemiller, firstname.lastname@example.org.