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SPIE Startup Challenge Semi-finalists Named in Annual Business-pitch Competition
Date:1/10/2014

Bellingham, Washington, USA (PRWEB) January 10, 2014

Two dozen aspiring entrepreneurs who are out to change the world through photonics and build careers in the process have been named as semi-finalists in the 2014 SPIE Startup Challenge.

The semi-finalists will compete in a pitch contest before a panel of business development experts and venture capitalists at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco in February. Winners will be announced at the event.

Top prize is $10,000 plus $5,000 in credit toward equipment from Edmund Optics. The second-place finisher will win $5,000, and the third $2,500. Cash prizes are funded by Founding Sponsor Jenoptik with additional support from Trumpf, Open Photonics, and Knobbe Martens.

SPIE will provide support for winners to attend a week-long entrepreneur “boot camp” for further help in refining their ideas.

This year’s semi-finalists include:

  •     Amos Danielli, MagBiosense
  •     Ryan Shelton, PhotoniCare, Inc.
  •     Eric Wandel, Innovative Photonics Technologies, LLC
  •     Lars Rindorf, OptoRobotix
  •     Brian Cummins, Glucid Innovations
  •     Ramin Rafiei, University of Western Australia
  •     Garrett Cole, Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH
  •     Babak Shadgan, Pathonix Innovation Inc.
  •     Tamas Haidegger, HandInScan Ltd.
  •     Jarkko Antila, Spectral Engines
  •     Natan Shaked, Tel Av
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