With a broader scope, Invest in Photonics transforms into Inpho Venture Summit, Photonics and Beyond

Invest in Photonics has been reconceived as a financial investor and strategic business partnering event emphasizing higher-level networking.

Invest in Photonics has been reconceived as a financial investor and strategic business partnering event emphasizing higher-level networking. The renamed Inpho Venture Summit, Photonics and Beyond will have a broader scope aimed at spoting bankable opportunities in nanotechnology, Internet of Things, biotech, and healthcare markets. The biennial conference will take place this year October 6–7, at the Palais de la Bourse in Bordeaux, France.

The new chairman is George Ugras, managing director of IBM Venture Capital Group, who will preside over a conference that includes equity investment opportunities in hardware technologies including photonics that enable the growth of digital innovation and connected devices, impacting a large number of industrial sectors.

Approximately 200 participants from across Europe, North America, and Asia are expected to attend the Summit. These include representatives of the European Fund for Strategic Investment’s Juncker Plan, which has investment capital worth €315B, of which one-quarter will be made available to SMEs and midcap firms through banks, intermediaries, and VCs.

“Photonics continues to evolve. Combined with other smart technologies, it has led to exciting innovations addressing bankable economic challenges,” said Ugras. “I am pleased to chair a new chapter in the Bordeaux region’s initiative to further private placement investment in photonics and other disruptive hardware technologies developed in Europe. Each event draws increasingly higher profile industrial players and investors with a singular objective: to strike a deal.”

Similar to previous years, a short-list of 20 SMEs will be selected to each make a 5-minute elevator pitch for funding. Registration is now open to European companies. An award of €5,000 will be given to the most promising company. In 2014, within months of winning the award, Netherlands-based Effect Photonics closed a Series-A funding round.

The program committee will headline five themes this year: energy efficiency, mobility/autonomous vehicles, health/consumer applications, telecom/datacom, and a new session called crazy technologies, or technologies that the world can expect 10 – 15 years from now.

Source: Inpho Venture Summit

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