Finals of annual pitch competition will be held at SPIE Photonics West
Bellingham, Washington, December 7, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–10 Early Stage Startups from 6 Countries Selected for 13th Annual SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West on January 31st and compete for a prize of $10,000.
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SPIE announces the finalists for the 2023 Startup Challenge. The final will be held at his SPIE Photonics West in January. (Image: Business Wire)
The SPIE Startup Challenge is an entrepreneurial pitch competition for new businesses that utilize optics and photonics to create innovative products, applications and technologies. This year’s finalists include healthcare and deep technology innovations in medical diagnostics, medical imaging, food safety, and display technology.
The SPIE Startup Challenge is supported by founding partner Jenoptik. Principal sponsors are Edmund Optics, Hamamatsu, MKS Instruments, and Thorlabs. and supporting sponsors his NextCorps Luminate and Photonics Media. Judges include venture capitalists and business development professionals who review the applicant’s business case, financial case, and competitive advantage.
Optics and photonics, or light-based technologies, enable development in many areas, from healthcare and high-speed communications to quantum computing, AR/VR/MR, and self-driving cars. Startup Challenge winners have broad commercial success including Cellino Biotech, Circle Optics, C. Light Technologies, Double Helix Optics, In A Blink and PhotoniCare.
The 10 finalists for the 2023 SPIE Startup Challenge are:
act probewith non-spectroscopic probes for advanced manufacturing and life sciences
FlulDect GmbHusing a sensor technology that combines whispering gallery mode (WGM) effects and functionalized fluorescent beads to detect pathogens in applications involving food safety.
Costa Cloud Co., Ltd.Significantly reduce design optimization time with cloud-based optical design and simulation tools that enable real-time optical and mechanical design collaboration.
imprudent enterpriseusing the LasEar Laser Otoscope to improve diagnosis of common causes of childhood hearing loss.
Patencya revolutionary combination of machine learning and imaging technology for dialysis patients
Formedics Limitedusing histological imaging microscopy to provide real-time status during cancer surgery
Fosioa nanoimprintable high-index transparent coating, an important tool for extending the optical design of AR
Phosprint PCwith new technology to repair in vivo human tissue during surgery
QART MedicalUsing biophotonics and data for 3D analysis of sperm cells during in vitro fertilization
wave photonicsenabling display makers and content creators with immersive holographic displays
You can also find the full list of SPIE Startup Challenge finalists here.
Additionally, four companies currently in the process of raising early-stage funding (Scinvivo, Comptek Solutions, Scantinel Photonics, and Nicslab) will introduce new technologies to prospective investors.
For more information and to register for SPIE Photonics West, please visit https://spie.org/pw.
The international society for optics and photonics, SPIE brings together engineers, scientists, students and business professionals to advance light-based science and technology. Founded in 1955, the association connects and engages with voters around the world through industry-leading conferences and exhibitions. Conference proceedings, books and magazine publications in the SPIE Digital Library. and career building opportunities. Over the past five years, SPIE has contributed more than $22 million to the international optical community through advocacy and support, including scholarships, educational resources, travel grants, endowments, and public policy development. www.spie.org.
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