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SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West

The SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West

SPIE Startup Challenge is a high-stakes, global competition where entrepreneurs in photonics have just 5 minutes each to pitch their businesses to a team of expert judges, and vie for over $85,000 in cash, prizes, promotion, and more.

Winners Announced! - Press Release

  1. Avenda Health
  2. Radiance 4D
  3. Opto Biolabs

Application closed: 
Contact innovation@spie.org regarding late submissions

Meet the 2019 Semi-Finalists

Events at Photonics West:
4 - 6 February 2019

The high-stakes, global business plan competition for new entreprenuers

Sponsors and Prizes
Schedule and Rules
Tips and Training

Pitching your business plan

Participants must have an optics or photonics technology or application that they wish to publicly present as the basis for a viable new business. Established companies must be pre-revenue at the time of the written application. Pre-revenue in this case means revenue generated from products sold, not funding acquired through investors, grants, or other support. Learn more about the competition rules.

The application period for the 2019 competition is closed.

Questions or comments? Contact us at innovation@spie.org