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Applications Due This Month for SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West 2014

Bellingham, Washington, USA (PRWEB) November 13, 2013

Photonics entrepreneurs have through 1 December to enter the SPIE Startup Challenge, an opportunity to pitch their light-based technology products to a team of business development experts and venture capitalists. The annual competition is held during SPIE Photonics West at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Dates for the upcoming event are 1-6 February 2014.

First prize is $10,000 plus $5,000 in products from Edmund Optics, second prize $5,000, and third prize $2,500. Each of the eight finalists will also receive sponsorship to attend the Entrepreneurship Academies, a week-long entrepreneur boot camp organized by University of California, Davis.

Hosted by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the event is supported by Founding Sponsor Jenoptik along with TRUMPF, Open Photonics, Edmund Optics, and Knobbe Martens.

Eligible applicants must present an optics or photonics technology or application as the basis for a viable new business. Because the event focuses on new businesses and potential startups, established companies must be pre-revenue at the time of the competition and may not have sold any products.

Written applications will be evaluated by a team of expert judges, who will select 20 applicants to deliver private oral pitches during Photonics West. A second panel of judges will select the top eight pitches from the private semi-final round. The public final round will take place Wednesday 5 February, with the judges deciding the top three pitches and announcing the winners.

Oral pitches for both rounds of the Startup Challenge may not exceed three minutes and two slides.

Part of the value of the Startup Challenge is that it teaches entrepreneurs about the differences in priority placed on commercialization as compared to academic research, said Adam Wax, a professor at Duke University who has served on the judging panel. This understanding is essential for connection with venture capitalists, he noted.

“And the winners of the Startup Challenge go on to the Entrepreneurship Academy sponsored at UC Davis,” Wax said. “This is really setting up our next generation of entrepreneurs and could be very valuable for future technologies.”

Winners in the 2013 Startup Challenge pitched products including a 3D surface inspection system designed to measure surface flushness of rivets in the aerospace industry; a compact, low-cost, high-performance optical biosensor for point-of-care diagnostics in the chronic disease management sector; and a remote image guided endoscopic surgery (RIGES) platform that utilizes rotating optical wedges to remotely control a focused laser deep within the body.

More information on the Startup Challenge is at, including a link to the application, as well as information on eligibility, structure, rules, and how to become involved.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves more than 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2012.

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