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Prototype Your Idea contest

Posted on 23/11/2018

Photonics21 aims to support talented makers and students who have a real interest in becoming entrepreneurs by combining creativity with photonics.

Prototype Your Idea is a competition for business ideas at an early stage.  It can be a simple thought, an idea you cannot get out of your head or an idea that you have been working with for a while.  If you’re active in the field of optics and photonics, a PhD student, masters student or maker with an idea for a product that can transform into a real business, this is the ideal opportunity for you.

Individuals or teams can enter the competition and the prize is €5,000 and the opportunity to get a spot in the ACTPHAST EU innovation incubator to carry out full feasibility testing of your idea.  That spot is worth up to €30,000 and gives you access to Europe’s top photonics experts and infrastructure including a start-up business coach.

Your idea should have real potential for application in industry, be innovative and importantly, not on the market yet.

To take part you’ll need to provide a maximum two-minute video presentation of your concept, or a written description of your idea/product making clear the nature of innovation and the potential impact to industry.  This will be reviewed by a jury of experts.

The closing date for the submission of applications is 15 February 2019 at 23.59GMT.

For more information on the contest and to download the application form, visit the webpage here.