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Nathalie Debaes
18 October 2021

27 Oct. 2021, with SCINTIL Photonics

Sylvie Menezo, CEO & Founder of SCINTIL Photonics, will share her phenomenal journey from launching her first startup to raising $4.4M with VCs in less than 3 years.

After the success of the series’ inaugural episode in September, which drew in 90 innovators in photonics across Europe, #Photonpreneurs returns on Wednesday 27th October 2021 between 17:00 and 18:00 CET. Free seats are currently available for the webinar at this link. Episode 2 will feature as main speaker Sylvie Menezo, Founder and CEO of SCINTIL Photonics, a company based in Grenoble (France) that develops and markets silicon photonic integrated circuits. Sylvie will be locked in conversation with her co-founder Pascal Langlois, who also stands as Chairman of the Board for SCINTIL Photonics, is a member of the board of Teem Photonics, and is an advisor to a variety of companies in the industry.

Sylvie and Pascal will take centre stage to share their background and entrepreneurial journey to date and share some of the wisdom that they have gathered on how to raise capital and run a deeptech company. Attendees will be able to 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 scale a business as CEO. Sylvie and Pascal will be taking questions from both our interviewers and attendees, including (but not limited to):

  • How does one launch a business and raise $4.4M in photonics in 3 years?
  • What do investors bring to the table in addition to money?
  • How does one initiate conversations with investors?
  • How should you select investors?

#Photonpreneurs is a new webinar series focusing on investment readiness in the world of photonics. The series encourages entrepreneurs to present their entrepreneurial experience and funding journey, including how their project came together and different types of funding raised (such as grant, debt, or equity) in a “how we did it” webinar format. Don’t miss out!

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



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About PhotonHub Europe

PhotonHub Europe is a new pan-European photonics digital innovation hub and has been awarded €19 million investment from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The initiative will help European SMEs and mid-caps become highly competitive digital businesses through faster & smarter deployment of photonics-based technologies, directly creating over 1.000 new high-tech EU jobs and nearly €1 billion in new revenues and venture capital by 2025.

PhotonHub Europe’s investment readiness programme aims to support European 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.

Join the PhotonHub Europe community and access the investment readiness programme.

About Sylvie Menezo

Sylvie Menezo is Founder & CEO of SCINTIL Photonics, which she founded in November 2018 after being Laureate of the ILAB contest from BPIfrance. SCINTIL industrializes and exploits a disruptive integrated circuit technology (III-V on Silicon Photonics technology) developed at CEA-Leti, in the domains of optical communications and sensing applications. Before founding SCINTIL, Menezo managed the Silicon Photonics Lab (2012-2014) and the Business Development activities in integrated photonics (2014-2017) at CEA-Leti (Grenoble).

She previously worked at NZAT (Boston), Alcatel (Marcoussis), and at Sercel-Compagnie Générale de Géophysique (Nantes and Houston), doing or managing product development teams or product lines. She holds an Engineering degree from INSA Lyon (1997), a Ph.D from Centre National d’Etude des Télécommunications (1999, Bagneux) and a Part Time Executive MBA from Audencia Nantes (2007).

About Pascal Langlois

Pascal Langlois is an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the semiconductors, sensors, software and system solutions industries with experience across a number of market segments. Skilled in Product Lifecycle Management, Embedded Software, Sales, Go-to-market Strategy, and International Business Development. At Tronics Mycrosystem he refocused the company, realized the IPO on Euronext and achieved trade sale to TDK group. Strong business development professional with a Strategy and Organization Executive program from Stanford University.

About SCINTIL Photonics

SCINTIL Photonics develops and markets fully-integrated silicon photonic circuits. SCINTIL solutions combine the best of Silicon (Si) and Indium Phosphide (InP) photonics using wafer-scale bonding of III-V/InP on Si. We use commercial silicon photonic foundry to fabricate our photonic integrated circuits (PIC). SCINTIL’s technology draws upon over 15 years of research in lasers, silicon photonics, and 3D packaging carried out at CEA-Leti, a world-leading semiconductor research institute. SCINTIL’s unique solution enables an extensive integration of active and passive optical components comprising multi-wavelength lasers, waveguides, wavelength filters, and photodetectors. While improving performances and reliability, it significantly reduces implementation costs.

Besides high-speed optical communications, SCINTIL’s technology promises great advantages in 3D Sensing and Quantum Photonics applications. Based in Grenoble, France, SCINTIL is currently taking its innovative heterogeneous silicon photonic IC technology to an industrial level as it gears up for mass production.  It was recognized for its technology as the winner of the iLab 2018 contest organized by Bpifrance (Banque Public d’Investissement).

PhotonHub Europe has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement Nº 101016665. Photonhub Europe is part of the European Technology Platform Photonics21.

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