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Photonics Fast Pitch 2018

The Photonics Fast Pitch event brings entrepreneurs together with people interested in technology business investment. With 2 minutes to pitch, entrepreneurs will introduce their company, business plan, and current market traction in a rapid fire format. The goal is to build a basis for introductions and network-building in the area of photonics technology entrepreneurship.  

Early stage companies with founders that are actively seeking funding are the best candidates to present at the Photonics Fast Pitch. Teams will be invited based on their readiness for accelerated growth. The session concludes with time for 1:1 questions and networking with potential investors and mentors. 

Participants must have an established optics or photonics technology based business that they wish to present with the goal of seeking funding or connections. Established companies may be revenue generating. The Photonics Fast Pitch event accepts applications from the worldwide community of entrepreneurs.

Selected companies will pitch on January 30, 2018 from 11:30am - 1:30pm at the Park Central Hotel, 50 3rd St., San Francisco, CA.


  • Written Applications Open - 12 October, 2017
  • Written Applications Close - 13 December, 2017
  • Semi-Finalists Notified - 22 December, 2017
  • Photonics Fast Pitch Lunch event - 30 January, 2018

Structure of the Application: All applicants will have their written application evaluated by a team of judges from the sponsoring organizations. The Photonics Fast Pitch uses the StartupCompete.co competition management and application system from the Global Entrepreneurship Network. You will need to create an account with StartupCompete.co to apply to the Photonics Fast Pitch - click on the orange Log in/Register button in the upper left. Once your account is completed, you can access the application.  Each answer will be saved automatically when you move on to the next question and you can return to previous questions and the application itself at any time. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. 

Judges will select approximately 15 companies that will present during the competition starting at 11:30am on Tuesday, 30 January, 2018.

Pitch Rules: Oral pitches for the Photonics Fast pitch can be no longer than TWO (2) MINUTES each. Extra time and additional materials are not allowed. No slides. Pitches must be made live and in person at Photonics West by the applicant or a team member named in the application. Printed materials can be given to attendees after pitching.

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 pitch to promote your product and this competition, in print and electronic communication means.

Application Fee: There is no fee to enter the competition. However, applicants selected as semi-finalists will need to pitch in person at Photonics West. You will need to register for the conference - a free "Exhibit-only" badge is sufficient - and make arrangements to travel to San Francisco.

Travel: The Photonics Fast Pitch does not provide travel support to attend Photonics West.

Additional QuestionsIf you have questions about eligibility, participation, expectations, sponsorship, or anything related to the Photonics Fast Pitch, please contact the program administrators: (SPIE) Dirk Fabian (dirkf@spie.org) or by phone (+1 360 685 5474) - or (French Tech Hub) Marie Frochen (marie.frochen@frenchtechhub.com) or by phone (+1 650 248 4933) this is a US West Coast timezone.



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