The 4th edition of the Tech Tour 2018 European Photonics Venture Forum (EPVF) will be hosted at ICFO (The Institute of Photonic Sciences) and is proudly supported by the EU and the European projects ACTPHAST 4.0, SECPhO, as well as Photonics21, Fotónica21 and ECOP (European Centres for Outreach in Photonics). The event will take place on 29-30 May in Barcelona.


The Forum is making great progress with a specialized programme showcasing top photonics success stories:


  • ENERGETIQ (Acquired by Hamamatsu for $42M in September 2017)
  • MedLumics (34.4 million Euros, Series B funding round in March, 2017).





  • Promote technology entrepreneurship and investment in the European photonics sector
  • Facilitate the investment in up to 30+ selected photonics start-ups and SMEs from Europe and Spain by regional and pan-European investors
  • Promote investment and partnering activities in state-of-the-art photonics technologies
  • Bring together and build relations with 40 specialized investors or corporate partners
  • Enhance investment interest and readiness amongst the SMEs and start-ups


Link with the European Venture Contest


  • The European Venture Contest already attracts every year since 10 years over 1,000 innovative companies who compete to  be selected in one of the Venture Forums at whose time-to-investment will be shortened and the window-to-investors will be widened.
  • The European Photonics Venture Forum will select 8 photonics companies as the Forum’s best quartile to present at the European Venture Contest Final 2018, which is the flagship final event of the Venture Contest. 


The European Photonics Venture Forum is an annual event in a new city each time and the activities of Europe’s leading photonics clusters. Photonics is the technology which focusses on all technical applications of light and includes lasers, photovoltaics, lighting, screens and displays, sensors, optical fibers and optoelectronics. It is at the heart of the most advanced engineering systems such as cameras, cellphones, printers, barcode scanners, medical and industrial lasers, high speed communications and computing, aviation, power generation, spectroscopy, holography, bio photonics, agriculture and robotics.


ACTPHAST 4.0 initiative supported by PHOTONICS 21