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Tips and Training for Startups & Entrepreneurs

Tips and Training

The Startup Challenge is more than a simple pitch competition, but an entry point into the community of photonics business development. Review the information and tips below to give you a head start in the pitch competition and the startup world.

Training includes
Business plans: from beginnings to exits
How to "make a pitch"
Customer interviews

A networking lunch and additional industry programming will serve to introduce you to the right people to help solve your business formation questions. Representatives from IP Law, finance, marketing, partnerships, and capital funding are looking forward to learning about your plan and answering your questions about creating a successful venture.

Rules for the Pitch
Oral pitches for both rounds of the Startup Challenge can be no longer than FIVE (5) MINUTES each. Extra time and additional materials beyond the slide deck are not allowed. Pitches must be made live and in person at Photonics West by the applicant or a team member named in the application.

Pitches are judges by
Pitch delivery
Quality of the business case
Quality of the financial case
Competitive advantage

Participation in the competition means that you agree to have your startup presentation evaluated publicly. Furthermore you allow SPIE to use your name, likeness, and the information provided in the Startup pitch to promote your product and this competition, in print and electronic communication means.

Other Resouces
Business Model Generation: A handbook for visionaries, game changers and challengers.
The Business Model Canvas (PDF)
I-Corps Toolkit: provides you with tools, templates and materials
Steve Blank's Lean Launchpad Course: a comprehensive starting point

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