Tech Tour and PhotonHub Europe are launching the PhotonHub Scaling Club.

This Member-only Club will select and engage 12-15 ambitious tech Company Members upscaling at 2 combined levels:

  • Their Company growth and value through accelerated investments, partnerships and leadership
  • The technology solution(s) based on PICs (Photonics Integrated Circuits) beyond TRL-6


The Value for selected Scaling Club Company Members

  • Maximize the growth of the Company, year-on-year  
    • Find and engage investors [lead or syndicate] for the next round
    • Generate strategic partnering/customer leads
    • Develop the leadership in the Company, in the market and its ecosystem and media
    • Reduce time, costs and risks to achieve strategic goals
    • Access to a a collaborative group of 12-15 independent Board-level Mentors
    • Co-funding of the Club Member Company Program's cost at 50%, decided annually
  • Minimize tech upscaling and manufacturing risks with a Pilot Line project, one year repeatable
    • Tap into cutting-edge design and manufacturing expertise of the Upscaling Partner[s]
    • Test-before-invest with the Pilot Line facilities before production.
    • Co-funding of max 50% on costs of max 500K
    • Lower administrative costs and financial risks with Upscaling Partner experts

Application & Selection

  • Companies
    • Company Applications will be reviewed by PhotonHub Europe for their upscaling potential.
    • Companies can express interest in the "Company" Membership here and will be guided to an Information Webinar and/or Application Briefing.
  • Stakeholder
    • Investors, Corporations, Clusters and Mentors can express interest in the "Stakeholder" Membership here and will be guided to an Information Webinar and/or Membership Briefing. 
    • Companies can be nominated here for an Application Briefing Top of Form


PhotonHub Scaling Club entails the following sessions and activities: 

  • Info meeting sessions: 
    • Onsite on 7 November 2023 at 6 PM at the occasion of the PIC Summit 
    • Onsite on 8 November 2023 at 7:15 PM at the Tech Tour Photonics in Eindhoven [free of charge]
    • Online on 10 November 2023 at 9 AM CET [free of charge]; and/or
    • Online on 14 November 2023 at 4:30 PM CET [free of charge];

    * To confirm attendance at the Info sessions please contact Nicolette Komitska or Denitsa Nenkova

    • Online kick-off & briefing session (April 2024 TBA): All together gathering online to brief about the PhotonHub Scaling Club, know each other and brief about next steps
    • Kick-off Roundtable: May 2024, Date TBA
    • Launchpad programme website & participants profiles: selected projects, spin-offs and companies as well as mentors prepare and upload/update their profile and pitch deck on the programme website and the Tech Tour Photonics Venture Forum website for exposure
    • Grouping and mentors allocation: Forming groups each with 4 selected projects, spin-offs, companies and allocating 2 mentors to each group
      • Contact exchange sessions.
      • Individual sessions
      • Collaborative sessions
      • Strategy challenge sessions
    • Roadshow Events
      • Tech Tour Growth Deeptech (11-12 April 2024): The selected companies will be invited and given access to the Tech Tour Growth Europe where they will pitch their investment and partnering needs in front of leading investors and partners at dedicated sessions
      • TBA


PhotonHub Europe Scaling Club is an initiative developed by Tech Tour, Europe’s largest tech investment community and PhotonHub Europe - a unique European full-service one-stop-shop digital innovation hub for photonics, as part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation in Public Private Partnership with Photonics21.


Funded by the European Community