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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.

Congratulations PhotoniCare, winner of the 2018 SPIE Startup Challenge.

Read the press release.

Six companies were selected 30 January from 24 semi-finalists to compete in the final round of the Startup Challenge 31 January during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco.

Video of the 2018 Finalists pitching their products will be available soon.

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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.



Contact innovation@spie.org with questions or comments.


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

Founding Partner

JENOPTIK


Lead Sponsor

Edmund Optics


Supporting Sponsors

Luminar Technologies


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