Apply now for the SPIE Startup Challenge 2023. SPIE Startup Challenge is a chance for leaders of new optics and photonics companies to bring forth their innovations and shine a light on their hard work and ingenuity.
The program intends to strengthen the global optics and photonics community through conferences, publications, and professional development, bringing together engineers, scientists, students, and industry leaders to advance light-based science and technologies.
Inspired by the transformative power of photonics to enhance life around the globe, over the past five years, SPIE has contributed more than $22 million to the international optics community. The Startup Challenge accepts applications from the worldwide community of entrepreneurs.
A representative from each team startup will make a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges. Judges then have five minutes to ask questions of the presenter. Judges will decide the top three pitches, and the winners will be announced at a final awards ceremony. In all rounds, the decisions of the judges are final.
Eligibility and Requirements for the SPIE Startup Challenge
Participants must meet the following:
- Participants must have an optics or photonics technology or application of viable new business they wish to present.
- Companies must select either a re-revenue for the pre-seed stage or Below $500,000 in revenue from product sales for the seed stage.
- Teams from unestablished companies should join the pre-seed stage.
- Participants must have new businesses and potential startups, and other first-time business starters are encouraged to apply.
Application Process for the SPIE Startup Challenge
The application deadline is 18th September 2023.
Click here to apply.
For more information, visit the official webpage of SPIE Startup Challenge 2023.