Registration open for Invest in Photonics funding
Registration is now open for SMEs seeking funding from Invest in Photonics, a two-day international business partnering convention focused exclusively on photonics venture capital investment. Interested candidates are invited to submit an application to present an elevator pitch to a panel of international investors at the event, taking place 9-10 October in Bordeaux, France.
Invest in Photonics brings together top industry analysts, private investors and financial institutions, SMEs seeking funding, OEMs and end-users to create profitable business opportunities and to network.
SMEs looking for seed funding, development and later stage funding have until 15 June to submit their applications via the website. Funding is used to further research and development, develop sales and marketing, enter a market and/or solidify business networks of emerging photonics companies. Invest in Photonics has helped photonics companies raise more than US $119 million in funding, since the biennial event began in 2008.
The committee will aim to select 20 candidates targeting any of the five industrial market themes that will be the focus of this fourth biennial event: the life sciences, consumer electronics, advanced manufacturing (3D printing), the environment and energy efficiency, aerospace and transport.
‘With fewer funds being invested in materials-science-based companies, it is increasingly more competitive and difficult for photonics companies to raise money,’ said Giorgio Anania, chairman of Invest in Photonics. ‘This means photonics companies seeking to raise funds must use every opportunity to grab the attention of investors to pitch their projects in the most attractive way. Invest in Photonics provides the perfect venue for doing exactly that. It provides a panel of international investors, customised coaching and an enriched networking experience.’