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.
Congratulations Cellino, winner of the 2017 SPIE Startup Challenge.
Six companies were selected 31 January from 23 semi-finalists to compete in the final round of the Startup Challenge 1 February during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco.
Watch their pitches and learn more about our winners and finalists.
Learn more about all of our 2017 Startup Challenge Semi-Finalists.
Thank you to all those who applied.
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 corporate development experts and venture capitalists.
The best pitchers receive cash prizes and are selected to attend a week long entrepreneur boot camp to refine their ideas and make further contacts with experts.
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I didn't win first place in the SPIE Startup Challenge but I received great feedback, learned how to refine my pitch, and met two people who have since become my start up advisors. SPIE is doing a great service!"
- E. Hooman Banaei, Founder and CEO of Everix