EPIC Entrepreneurship – Startup – Venture Forum

4 – 5 October 2017

Berlin, Germany

Hosted by:

Berlin Partner
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With support from:

Optec BB

The purpose of the event is to bring together 20 startups, 20 investors, and 30 photonics industry executives to discuss entrepreneurship and funding best practices, and generate investment opportunities for investors and photonics companies with open funding rounds. Pitching companies should submit their proposal before 15 August 2017 (CLOSED), contact Anna Feis, CFO & Photonics Investment Advisor at EPIC – anna.feis@epic-assoc.com

Pitching companies confirmed: Sicoya, MicPulse, Fastree 3D, Inoptec, Holoxica, Class5, Lightpoint Medical, ThunderNIL, SmartSens, Blue Industry and Science, Doks Innovation, insightness, LunaLEC, Toposens, NanoPhab, GEE, OrelTech, VS Particle, Graphnest, NanoJoin, …


12:30–13:30         Registration and Lunch at Forum Adlershof Rudower Chaussee 24, 12489 Berlin
13:30        SESSION 1 (Plenary Room)
13:30        Welcome by Gerrit Rössler, Head of Unit Photonics, Berlin Partner
Welcome by Jose Pozo, Director of Technology, EPIC
14:00        KEYNOTE “Why is investing in photonics relevant for a venture capitalist?” by Alain le Loux, Partner, Cottonwood Technology Fund
14:30        KEYNOTE “Debt vs Equity, who is the winner?!” by Eran Davidson, Founder, Davidson Technology Growth Debt
15:00        PANEL DISCUSSION on Entrepreneurship

  • Benno Oderkerk, CEO, Avantes
  • Andreas Umbach, Vice President and CTO, Finisar
  • Jan Meise, Advisor, Egora Holding
  • Björn Wedel, Managing Director, Photonic Tools
  • Moderator: Anna Feis, CFO & Photonics Investment Advisor, EPIC

15:45        Networking Coffee (Coffee & Networking Room)
16:30        SESSION 2 (Plenary Room)
16:30        INVITED SPEAKER: “Making it easier: The psychology of investing in photonics” by Dr. Franziska Frank
17:30        “From Prototype to Product” by Sebastien Binder, Plant Manager, LEDVANCE
18:00        Start Up Elevator 1 Minute Pitches

18:30        End of First Day
18:30        Optional bus tour of Adlershof
19:00        Departure by bus to Berlin City of Lights Tour
20:15        Dinner at Solar Sky Lounge: Stresemannstraße 76, 10963 Berlin
22:30        First bus to Forum Adlershof
23:00        Final bus to Forum Adlershof

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Thursday 5 October 2017
8:00          Arrival & Welcome Coffee (Forum Adlershof)
8:30          Recap of 1st day: Anna Feis, CFO & Photonics Investment Advisor, EPIC
8:40          KEYNOTE “Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities: Photonics Industry Emerging Trends.” by Ethan Pierse, Partner, Borderless Ventures
9:10          PRESENTATION: TRUMPF’s Industry 4.0 USA by Andreas Popp, Principal Expert Technology Scouting, TRUMPF.
9:20          Split into Pitching Groups (change of venue across the street: Rudower Chaussee 17)
9:25          PITCHING SESSION 1

Room 1: Consumer Goods & Nanotechnology Room 2: Sensors/ Components / Automotive
Inoptec Fastree 3D
ThunderNIL Doks Innovation
NanoPhab GEE
VS Particle Oreltech
NanoJoin Class5 Photonics
Graphenest insightness

10:45        Networking Coffee Break
11:30        PITCHING SESSION 2

Room 1: Energy / Telecommunication Room 2: Med/biotech & Life Sciences
Sicoya Lightpoint Medical
Blue Industry and Science MicPulse
ICON Photonics Holoxica

12:45        Closing remarks and feedback from the audience (Forum Adlershof)
13:00        Networking Lunch
14:00        End of Event


The Event will take place in the Berlin Adlershof Science City
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin

Getting there

You can plan your trip through this link: http://www.adlershof.de/en/direction-maps/bus-train/

Suggested Hotels

The following hotels are in or near the Berlin Adlershof Science City

Erich-Thilo-Straße 3
12489 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 678 929 80
Email: info@adaptberlin.de

Rudower Chaussee 14
12489 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 720 2222 000
Email: verkauf@airporthotel-berlin-adlershof.de

Rudower Chaussee 15
12489 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 678 22 0
Email: info.berlin-adlershof@dorint.com


Please note this is an Invitation only event. Should you wish to attend, please contact Anna Feis, CFO & Photonics Investment Advisor at EPIC.

Registration fee: 250EUR (excluding VAT) / Registration is free for pitching companies.

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