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Nathalie Debaes
03 September 2021

Online – 22 September at 17h (Brussels time)

Welcome to the first in our monthly webinar series #Photonpreneurs focusing on investment readiness in the world of photonics. The series will encourage entrepreneurs to present their entrepreneurial experience and funding journey, including how the project came together and different types of funding raised (such as grant, debt, or equity) in a “how we did it” webinar.

For this first webinar, we invited Johan Feenstra, CEO of SMART Photonics, to discuss his background and entrepreneurial journey to date and to share some of the wisdom he has gathered along the way on how to raise capital and run a deeptech company. Learn about the arduous path from research to entrepreneurship, the ups and downs of launching a business, the journey from launching a venture up to acquisition, and how to scale a business as CEO.

During the first 45 minutes of the webinar, Johan will be interviewed by none other than PhotonDelta who participated in SMART Photonics’ previous funding round. This live discussion format is doubly guaranteed to provide attendees with a wealth of personal insights and personal tips, as well as answer some fundamental questions entrepreneurs have in their quest for growth:

  • How to raise your next funding round?
  • When is the right time to look for capital?
  • What options does one have?
  • What are the do’s and don’ts of raising capital?

At the end of the event, attendees will be able to participate in a live Q&A and ask their questions directly to Johan and PhotonDelta.

This webinar has already taken place. Watch a recording of Episode 1 below:

About PhotonHub Europe

If your company uses photonics technologies, PhotonHub Europe’s investment readiness programme may be of particular interest. The overarching objective of this programme is to support deeptech start-ups and scale-ups where photonics is either their core competence or is a key enabling technology within their product online, offering:

  • Group webinars for tips and best practices to optimise investment readiness.
  • Personalised coaching with industry experts and investors.
  • Exposure at funding events.
  • Access to investors.

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About SMART Photonics

Located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, SMART Photonics is a foundry offering production services for mainly Indium Phosphide based photonic components. SMART Photonics is an independent pure-play foundry, using its knowledge, experience and equipment to produce photonic components for its customers, based on their designs. They offer the complete production process from epitaxial growth and re-growth, processing, polishing and dicing of wafers into chips.

About PhotonDelta

PhotonDelta is a public-private partnership, located in Europe consisting of a network of companies and high qualified knowledge institutes. PhotonDelta ecosystem growth objectives are driven by a highly experienced team in place, working from the outside in and strengthening the ecosystem from within. The team operates as an agent of accelerating for the development and reducing time-to-market of new applications.

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