The Photonics Venture Challenge is a new startup accelerator program being launched by High Tech Rochester. With a focus on startups in the optics, imaging, and photonics sectors, the photonics venture challenge will be run in annual cohorts, with 10-15 startups being selected each year, with each team receiving an initial $100k-150k investment. Teams would go through an intensive 4-6 month mentor-driven accelerator program which would end in a large Demo Day where up to $2M of additional investment may be awarded.
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