25 - 30 January 2025
San Francisco, California, US

SPIE Startup Challenge finalists

Learn more about the companies that will present at SPIE Photonics West
Finalist presenting a pitch at the SPIE Startup Challenge

Finalists announced: Come hear the pitches and see the competition

The following six teams have been selected to move on to the live pitch event at Photonics West.

One team representative from each team will pitch their light-based business. Presenters are competing for a $10,000 first prize courtesy of Jenoptik, founding sponsor of the Startup Challenge. 

30 January 2024

Plan to attend the final presentations at Photonics West. Register now.

Read the finalist announcement press release.

2024 SPIE Startup Challenge finalists


Soliddd presents the next generation of vision correction for all as macular degeneration starts to take effect. The glasses use sophisticated lens arrays to project images to the areas of the retina that are not damaged.

Category: Healthcare

By 2050 half of the world's population will need some form of vision correction. ClearVision proposes an alternative to permanent vision correction surgeries such as LASIK, PRK, ReLEX SMILE, with a non-invasive approach.

Category: Healthcare

UriMetrics offers a solution to critical care providers for reducing incidence of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI); the most common nosocomial infection in the United States in critical care units.

Category: Healthcare


Photonect has developed a technology to decrease the insertion loss between a photonic chip and an optical fiber from 3dB to less than 1dB per connection. This is a 4X improvement over the current industry standards.

Category: Deep Tech
TRAQC TRAQC empowers the printed electronics industry with an AI-driven real-time automated inspection solution to improve their manufacturing yields. This solution enables manufacturers to get an instantaneous overview of their production, ensuring quality, and reducing waste. Category: Deep Tech
MomentumOptics MomentumOptics is developing a proprietary machine to manufacture glass and ceramic optics that eliminates the need for specialized tooling, molds, or photomasks increasing speed of optical manufacturing and decreasing cost. Category: Deep Tech