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Photonics21 Innovation Award

The Photonics21 Innovation Award 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.

Photonics21 aims to support talented makers, students, and young entrepreneurs, who have a real interest in developing an idea into a product by combining creativity with photonics.

The contest consists of a cash prize of €5,000, entrepreneurial skills training, and contact with Venture Capitalists.

To participate, you will need to send in 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 on the industry.

This will be reviewed by a jury of experts.

For more information on the contest, and to fill in the application form visit

Extended deadline for submissions: 27h of May 2022