31 May 2018 European Photonics Venture Forum

Photonics entrepreneurs engage with Venture Capital and Corporate Investor Communities at ICFO Photonics is playing a crucial role in exciting transformations of our times, providing tools and solutions across industries to tackle Europe’s societal challenges. In an effort to help facilitate an increasing rate of advancement, the European Photonics Venture Forum (EPVF), a space for photonics entrepreneurship to showcase technologies and ideas to the specialized investor community, has just celebrated its fourth edition at ICFO.

This event offers an avenue for photonics entrepreneurs to engage with European and International stakeholders from across the Venture Capital and Corporate Investor Communities. Furthermore, by bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, corporations and policy makers in a focused program of pitching, idea sharing and networking, the Forum aims at helping shape the future direction of the European Photonics sector.

ICFO, together with SECPhO and Fotónica21, has been proud to host the 2018 Forum in Barcelona, a city that hosts many R&D and science centers of excellence that have grown in importance and size over recent years, to become a vigorous start-up and innovation European hub. Barcelona has a long tradition of pioneering industrial, social and economic projects backed by a genuine scientific and technology dynamism. It boasts a diversified industrial landscape, and a strong international investment profile. Initiatives such as the EPVF are especially important for nurturing strategic partnerships crucial to maintaining Europe at the global forefront of photonics.

The event was made possible thanks to the work of the members of the outstanding organising committee, under the guidance of Tech Tour. Through their efforts, thirty-two entrepreneurs from fifteen countries across Europe fully benefited from the opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas to industry experts.