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SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West

The 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.

2019 winners announced:

  1. Avenda Health
  2. Radiance 4D
  3. Opto Biolabs

Watch the winning pitches  ›

2020 Startup Challenge: 
The application period will open September 2019

Meet the 2019 Semi-Finalists

Contact innovation@spie.org

The high-stakes, global business plan competition for new entreprenuers

Sponsors and Prizes
Schedule and Rules
Tips and Training

2020 Sponsorship

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Pitching your business plan

Participants must have an optics or photonics technology or application that they wish to publicly present as the basis for a viable new business. Established companies must be pre-revenue at the time of the written application. Pre-revenue in this case means revenue generated from products sold, not funding acquired through investors, grants, or other support. Learn more about the competition rules.

The application period for the 2020 competition will open in September 2019.

Questions or comments? Contact us at innovation@spie.org