Prototype Your Idea contest
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‚Äôre 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 ‚Ç¨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 ‚Ç¨30,000 and gives you access to Europe‚Äôs 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‚Äôll 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.