#Photonpreneurs is a new webinar series by PhotonHub Europe, focusing on investment readiness in the world of photonics. The series will encourage 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.
For the first episode of the series - titled “#Photonpreneurs - From researcher to CEO, the journey of a serial entrepreneur” - PhotonHub Europe has 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 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 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.
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.
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.