SPIE 2023 Startup Challenge open to applications

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Entrants with an optical or photonic technology or application as the basis of a viable business are encouraged to apply

BELLINGHAM, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Applications are now open for the SPIE Startup Challenge 2023. The annual entrepreneurial pitch competition is organized by SPIE, the international optics and photonics company, as part of SPIE Photonics West. In 2023, Photonics West will be held from January 28 to February 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, with the final of the SPIE Startup Challenge on January 31.

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VitreaLab’s Jonas Zeuner is gearing up for the top prize in 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 visibility with potential investors.

Light-based technologies enable 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 – now celebrating its 13th year – provides a distinctive and dynamic platform for optics and photonics startups creating innovative products, applications and technologies. Startup Challenge winners that have seen broader commercial success include Cellino Biotech, Double Helix Optics, PhotoniCare, C. Light Technologies, Circle Optics, and In A Blink.

The industry-judged competition will hear teams pitch new products in photonics-based healthcare and deep technology, narrowing the initial entrants down to 10 finalists. Competition judges include venture capitalists and business development experts from the photonics industry who will review entrants based on their business case, business case, and competitive advantages. Teams applying for the Startup Challenge will receive feedback on their business and pitches from business development experts and investors.

The deadline to apply for the SPIE Startup Challenge is October 20. Learn more about the competition and apply here.

About SPIE

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, brings together engineers, scientists, students and professionals to advance light-based science and technology. The Society, founded in 1955, connects and engages with our global constituency through cutting-edge conferences and exhibitions; publication of conference proceedings, books and reviews in the SPIE digital library; and career development opportunities. Over the past five years, SPIE has contributed more than $22 million to the international optical community through our advocacy and support, including scholarships, educational resources, travel grants, endowment gifts and public policy development. www.spie.org.

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