Data/Czas / Date/Time:
29/05/2018 - 30/05/2018
Miejsce / Place: ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences sala: ---
Kategorie tematyczne / Thematic categories:
- Horyzont 2020
- Technologie informacyjne i komunikacyjne - ICT
- Wiodąca pozycja w przemyśle
- Wyzwania społeczne
Rodzaj wydarzenia / Type of event: Konferencja
Organizator / Organizer: ACTPHAST 4.0, SECPhO, as well as Photonics21, Fotónica21 and ECOP (European Centres for Outreach in Photonics)
The 4th edition of the Tech Tour European Photonics Venture Forum (EPVF) is organized by Tech Tour as part of the H2020 Innovation Action, ACTPHAST 4.0, and in conjunction with the coordination and the support action Nextpho21, both co-funded by the European Commission. This year it will take place on 29 & 30 May 2018 in Barcelona and is supported locally by ICFO which will also provide the host venue for the event.
The goal of the event: bringing high-tech entrepreneurs, active in photonics that are looking for external private capital, together with investors, who have appetite for this. The European Photonics Venture Forum aims to market the photonics sector to a wider investor community and create channels to finance for high-potential photonics businesses. The Forum will ensure photonics becomes a pillar of local regional development plans, mirroring the European strategy and driving more support and funding to the sector.
The European Photonics Venture Forum is an annual event in a new city each time and the activities of Europe’s leading photonics clusters.
Photonics is the technology which focusses on all technical applications of light and includes lasers, photovoltaics, lighting, screens and displays, sensors, optical fibers and optoelectronics. It is at the heart of the most advanced engineering systems such as cameras, cellphones, printers, barcode scanners, medical and industrial lasers, high speed communications and computing, aviation, power generation, spectroscopy, holography, bio photonics, agriculture and robotics.
– Promote technology entrepreneurship and investment in the European photonics sector
– Facilitate the investment in up to 30+ selected photonics start-ups and SMEs from Europe and Spain by regional and pan-European investors
– Promote investment and partnering activities in state-of-the-art photonics technologies
– Bring together and build relations with 40 specialized investors or corporate partners
– Enhance investment interest and readiness amongst the SMEs and start-ups
– 36 selected emerging company entrepreneurs in the Photonics sector
– 40+ investors and corporate partners
– 40+ sponsor, speaker, delegate and guest representatives
Link with the European Venture Contest
The European Venture Contest already attracts every year since 10 years over 1,000 innovative companies who compete to be selected in one of the Venture Forums at whose time-to-investment will be shortened and the window-to-investors will be widened.
The European Photonics Venture Forum will select 8 photonics companies as the Forum’s best quartile to present at the European Venture Contest Final 2018, which is the flagship final event of the Venture Contest.
Registration for the EPVF 2018 is now open at the following link:
ACTPHAST is a unique one-stop-shop solution for supporting photonics innovation in European companies. With almost €4M in innovation project funding already allocated to supporting over 70 companies all across Europe, 90% of whom are SMEs and nearly 50% of whom are non-photonics companies, ACTPHAST is already making substantial progress in growing the pool of photonics innovation and is continuing to process more project requests every month. However, improving the overall access to far greater levels of finance for photonics innovation by European companies is essential so that technical advances achieved through ACTPHAST-funded innovation projects up to TRL6-7 can be further financed through to TRL9 to achieve their full market potential. This is where the EPVF comes in.
The European Technology Platform Photonics21 unites the majority of the leading photonics industries and relevant R&D stakeholders along the whole economic value chain throughout Europe. Today Photonics21 has more than 2500 members. Photonics21 aims to establish Europe as a leader in the development and deployment of photonics technologies wihtin the various applications fields such as ICT, lighting, industrial manufacturing, life science, safety as well as in education and training.The ETP Photonics21 coordinates photonics research and innovation priorities and provides input to the European research framework programme Horizon 2020.
ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences (www.icfo.eu) is a research center located in a specially designed, 14.000 m2-building situated in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. It currently hosts 350 people, including research group leaders, post-doctoral researchers, PhD students, research engineers, and staff, organized in 23 research groups working in 60 state-of-the-art research laboratories, equipped with the latest experimental facilities and supported by a range of cutting-edge facilities for nanofabrication, characterization, imaging and engineering. ICFOnians have secured 13 ICREA Professorships, 18 European Research Council grants and 6 Fundació Cellex Barcelona Nest Fellowships, and the institute consistently appears in top worldwide positions in international rankings measuring research excellence. To date, ICFO has helped create 5 start-up companies.
Fotónica21, the Spanish Technology Platform for Photonics, unites the vast majority of the relevant companies, research groups and stakeholders in the Spanish R&D photonics community, along the whole photonics industry value chain. It is an open and participative forum to promote the dialog among the science and technology, with the ultimate goal to promote a sustainable growth of the photonics sector at the national level. Fotónica21 serves as an unified voice of the sector regarding the technology offer, opportunities, and the needs in terms of research, development, training, funding and investment. The organization is structured in thematic working groups, four oriented to the application fields (TICs, Production Technologies, Life Science&Medicine, Displays&Lighting) and three cross-cutting activities (Sensors&Security, Photonic Systems and Training).
SECPhO is a cluster formed by companies, technology centers and research groups oriented to promote technological innovation through the application of photonic technologies, or light-based technologies, to all types of sectors of our economy. Photonic technologies, or technologies based on light, we can include them in the following groups: Sensors, scanning and image systems Laser systems Communication systems, networks and data transmission Advanced lighting Screens and displays Photovoltaic energy systems SECPhO is mainly oriented to the following sectors of the economy: Health, Agri-Food, Automotive, Advanced Manufacturing, Energy and Environment, Rail, Aerospace, Defense and Security, Telecommunications, Construction, Scientific Facilities and R & D centers.
Local Support Partners
ECOP (European Centres for Outreach in Photonics) is a long-standing partnership of European research and innovation centres passionate about the underlying areas of photonics in particular and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) in general. The alliance is committed to having young people, multidisciplinary professionals, entrepreneurs and society at large, discover the potential and wonders of photonics, its impact in our daily life and the opportunities it offers professionally and to industry. Current members are located across Europe, providing the alliance a Pan-European vision, and are acquainted with working together in different projects, such as the EU projects PHABLABS 4.0, GoPhoton!, LIGHT2015 and ActPhast.
Industry Support Partner
EPIC is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organizations working in the field of photonics in Europe. We foster a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC publishes market and technology reports, organizes technical workshops and B2B roundtables, supports EU funding proposals, advocacy and lobbying, education and training activities, standards and roadmaps, pavilions at exhibitions.