Tech Tour Photonics Programme

 

Designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs

 

Are you a startup from Europe developing tech solutions in the Photonics field?

 

Solve your liquidity issues, exchange contacts, secure growth, and investment by working together with 15 peers and active investors in our online collaborative program. The program includes a series of online sessions and a 2-day live event that would take place in September 2020 (date will be announced soon) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

 

Are you ready to show up and make a difference?

 

NB! Whether the live event takes place or not depends on government regulations. In case it is still not allowed to travel and meet, we will substitute it with an online event. Check this website for updates.

 

Admission

 

How can I join?

You need to register, submit your online application and an up-to-date presentation, and be chosen by a Selection Committee of active investors.

 

Registration is open until the 22th of June!

 

Is this for me?

Are you an early stage startup looking for seed or series A investment in one of the following subsectors: 

  • Advanced lighting
  • Information, communication, and networks
  • Laser systems
  • Photonics energy system
  • Scanning, sensing & imaging
  • Screens & display?

 

This program is for companies that want to refine their strategies, secure investment, ones that have liquidity problems as well as those looking for new opportunities and approaches. It will challenge you to transform your technology into solutions that will make our society healthier, happier, and more sustainable.

 

Join us for a collaborative session and see how it works. For more details, please contact Natalia Natcheva at  natalia@techtour.com for more information.

 

You need to be

  • A startup looking for seed or series A investment in one of the following subsectors: 
    Advanced lighting, Information, communication, and networks, Laser systems, Photonics energy system, Scanning, sensing & imaging, or Screens & display
  • Eager to commit to learning, improving and collaborating with your peers and investors 

 

For other questions, check out our FAQ.

 

Timeline

The program lasts for 1 year, is split into quarters and all sessions are divided into 4 main areas of focus. Below is an indicative table to show what we are going to address in each area.

Bear in mind that these are the main areas of focus but during each quarter there will be a mixture of the types of sessions and the areas they address.

 

Selection

Strategies

Relationships

Recognition

Focuses on self-assessment done by you, and selection, and reviews by the investors. Only the top startups are approved.

Helps face your trials and tribulations through a series of collaboration and challenge sessions, a dry run, and a pitching session.

Concentrated on building the right strategic partnerships in and outside Europe as well as includes a live event

The last area is about sharing your story and impact with the world.

 

Investors

Friedhelm Dorsch
TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG

Friedhelm Dorsch

Principal Expert Technology Scouting
TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG (Germany)
Peter Doyle
ACTPHAST 4.0

Peter Doyle

Central Contact Point & Outreach Coordinator
ACTPHAST 4.0 (Belgium)
Johan Feenstra
SMART Photonics B.V.

Johan Feenstra

CEO
SMART Photonics B.V. (Netherlands)
Paul Gillespie
Gillamor Stephens

Paul Gillespie

Partner
Gillamor Stephens (United Kingdom)
Claas Heise
NRW Bank

Claas Heise

Investment Director
NRW Bank (Germany)
Oliver Kahl
MIG Verwaltungs AG

Oliver Kahl

MIG Verwaltungs AG (Germany)
Ralf Knoll
KNOLL - Engineering & Consulting

Ralf Knoll

Owner / Management Consultant
KNOLL - Engineering & Consulting (Germany)
Marek Kotelnicki
VIGO Ventures

Marek Kotelnicki

Managing Partner
VIGO Ventures (Poland)
Carlos Lee
EPIC - European Photonics Industry Consortium

Carlos Lee

Director General
EPIC - European Photonics Industry Consortium (Belgium)
Franz Lehmann
Trumpf Corporate Venture

Franz Lehmann

Investment Manager
Trumpf Corporate Venture (Germany)
Paul Phelan
Paul Phelan Consulting

Paul Phelan

Independent Consultant
Paul Phelan Consulting (Ireland)
Jose Pozo
EPIC - European Photonics Industry Consortium

Jose Pozo

Director of Technology and Innovation
EPIC - European Photonics Industry Consortium (Belgium)
Christian Reitberger
btov Partners

Christian Reitberger

Partner
btov Partners (Germany)
Wojtek Smolinski
VIGO Ventures

Wojtek Smolinski

Managing Partner
VIGO Ventures (Poland)
Peter Smyth
Tyndall National Institute

Peter Smyth

Commercial Director at Tyndall National Institute
Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
Sebastian Stamm
Fluxunit - OSRAM Ventures

Sebastian Stamm

Investment Manager
Fluxunit - OSRAM Ventures (Germany)
Pietro Strada
Silverpeak

Pietro Strada

Managing Director
Silverpeak (United Kingdom)
Torsten Wipiejewski
Huawei Technologies

Torsten Wipiejewski

Hardware and Engineering Department
Huawei Technologies (Germany)
 

 

Details

 

Commitment

100% participation. Expect a total of 24+ hours and additional time for self-preparation and teamwork.

 

Duration

The program spans over 1 year and is divided in 4 quarters

 

Partners

ACTPHAST 4.0
EPIC
Eindhoven University of Technology
Gillamor Stephens
High Tech Campus Eindhoven
PhotonDelta
Photonics21
Silverpeak

 

Membership Fee

You are welcome to join us if selected by the selection committee. Below are the options:

  •  Annual membership fee - EUR 2000 depending on whether you are seed/series A or growth entrepreneur. The annual fee is payable per quarter and upon being selected. If you apply now - the 1st quarter is free!  You can cancel with 3 months’ notice.
  • Free - if you are selected and supported by a host or partner of the programme.

 

Spots are limited to 30.

 

Ready to start? 

Apply now.