Industry Event
Startup Challenge Finals
30 January 2024 • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM PST | Moscone Center, Expo Stage, Hall DE (Exhibit Level) 


Come see what is in store for the future of Optics and Photonics! Top finalists from around the world pitch their innovations in front of a panel of judges and compete for $10,000 first place prize. Many use this opportunity to build connections with up-and-coming businesses, find promising investment opportunities, and learn about new technologies entering the optics and photonics space. This session is open to all attendees with a badge and is held on the Expo Stage within the exhibition space. Startup Challenge finals concludes with a small network reception where you can meet teams and congratulate winners.

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 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 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



Thank you to Founding Partner, JENOPTIK, for supporting this year's Startup Challenge



Additional thank you to our 2024 Lead Sponsors, Hamamatsu and Thorlabs, and supporting sponsor, Nextcorps Luminate for supporting this year's Startup Challenge.


Judges

Song Chung
 
 
Song Chung
Managing Director S&AM NA
JENOPTIK
Damon Diehl
 
 
Damon Diehl
Director of Technology Integration
NextCorps Luminate
Bill Donovan
 
 
Bill Donovan
Business Unit Leader
ThorLabs
Agnes Hübscher
 
 
Agnes Hübscher
Senior Director Global Strategic Marketing
Edmund Optics
Michele Nichols
 
 
Michele Nichols
President
Launch Team Inc. (United States)
Richard Oberreiter
 
 
Richard Oberreiter
Managing Executive
Hamamatsu Ventures