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23 Sep 14. Invest in Photonics(R) 2014, a two-day international business partnering convention focused exclusively on photonics VC investment, announces the selection of 20 emerging technology companies from around Europe to participate in a special funding session at Invest in Photonics, October 9 – 10, 2014, in Bordeaux (France). The Bordeaux region is a growing industrial center for laser, optics and photonics. First launched in 2008, Invest in Photonics focuses on providing venture capitalists with a clear perspective on the most innovative, credible and profitable market opportunities in photonics (light-based technologies). The selected companies represent an innovative pan-European group of firms. They come from Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland and Hungary, and include five companies from Germany plus five from France. Their objective is to improve their chances of targeting a total investment of USD 90m (EUR 70m). The entrepreneurs will be seeking different levels of funding from seed to growth capital. Funding is used to further research and development, develop sales and marketing, enter a market, or to solidify the business networks of emerging photonics companies.
“There are 20 exciting investment opportunities in optical communications, sensing, biophotonics, imaging, energy, healthcare and manufacturing for the VC community to consider at Invest in Photonics this year,” said Thierry Thevenin, head of the organizing committee at Invest in Photonics. “Invest in Photonics is a very time-efficient way of developing direct personal contact with some of the most influential players in global markets as well as thought leaders in the photonics field. We are confident that our emphasis on market-focused data in photonics and real life applications will help the financial community identify the best opportunities to strike deals.”
Projects range from skin diagnostics and cell analysis to 3D optical printing and smart LED lighting. They cover a hybrid semiconductor graphene material that could potentially replace silicon. The projects also include a bright light therapy treatment. The treatment consists of a light headset that channels light through the ear canal to the photosensitive parts of the brain in order to alleviate SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or lift depression. The light headset is at an advanced stage of development and already available at Amazon. The companies selected for the special funding session are: Actlight (CH), Aledia (FR), Aurea Technology (FR), Azur Light Systems (FR), Class 5 Photonics (DE), Crayonano (NO), Domo Helios (FR), Effect Photonics (NL), Holografika (HU), Ideas (NO), LED Linear (DE), Luxexcel (NL), Medlumics (SP), Multiphoton Optics (DE), Sicoya (DE), Sunna Design (FR), Sxt-co (IE), Valkee (FI), Volatiles (DE) et Voptica (SP). Each candidate will deliver a five-minute investment opportunity pitch, followed by a two-minute question and answer session.
23 Sep 14. Visible Light Communication (VLC)/Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) & Free Space Optics (FSO) Market worth $9,289.72m by 2020. According to new market research report now available on ASDReports “Visible Light Communication (VLC)/Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) & Free Space Optics (FSO) Market by Component, Applications (Terrestrial, Mobile, & Satellite for FSO & Communication, Automotive, Healthcare, Aerospace, & Underwater for VLC/Li-Fi), & Geography – Analysis & Forecast to 2014 – 2020” the global VLC market and FSO market is expected to grow at CAGR of 87.31% and 44.93% respectively from 2014 to 2020, which includes an in-depth analysis of the market by component product, application and geography. The VLC and FSO market is expected to grow at a high rate; both technologies hold a great potential in terms of cost and application across the industry. The VLC technolo