The “SPIE 2023 Startup Challenge” open to applications

Applicants whose technology or application in optics or photonics forms the basis of a viable business are invited to apply.

BELLINGHAM, Washington, September 15, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Registration is now open for the “SPIE 2023 Startup Challenge”. The annual business pitch competition is organized by SPIE, an international optics and photonics company, within the scope of “SPIE Photonics West”. In 2023, Photonics West will be held from January 28 to February 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and the SPIE Startup Challenge final will take place on January 31.

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Jonas Zeuner of VitreaLab kicking his way to the top prize at the SPIE Startup Challenge in 2022. (Photo: Business Wire)

The “SPIE Startup Challenge” is a competitive platform for new companies that use optics and photonics for innovative products or applications. Participating teams compete for sponsored prizes, in addition to gaining greater visibility with potential investors.

Light-based technologies are enabling developments in a growing number of fields, from healthcare and high-speed communications to quantum computing, AR/VR/MR and autonomous vehicles. The annual “SPIE Startup Challenge” competition – which celebrates its 13th edition – offers a differentiated and dynamic platform to young optics and photonics companies that create innovative products, applications and technologies. Startup Challenge winners who have seen greater business success include Cellino Biotech, Double Helix Optics, PhotoniCare, C. Light Technologies, Circle Optics and In A Blink.

The teams participating in this competition that will commercially pitch new products in the health area and deep technology using photonics will be evaluated by a jury composed of representatives of the industry to arrive at a total of ten finalists. Competition judges include venture capitalists and business development experts from the photonics industry, who will evaluate entrants based on their business case, financial history and competitive advantage. Teams that apply for the Startup Challenge will receive feedback on their business and business arguments from business development experts and investors.

The application deadline for the “SPIE Startup Challenge” is October 20th. To learn more about the contest, click here to register.

About SPIE

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, brings together engineers, scientists, students and professionals to advance the science and technology of light. The society, founded in 1955, connects and engages with its members around the world through major conferences and exhibitions, publication of conference proceedings, SPIE’s digital library books and journals, and career development opportunities. Over the past five years, SPIE has contributed over $22 million to the international optical community through its promotional and support activities, including scholarships, educational resources, travel grants, endowment funds and public policy development.

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