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#Photonpreneurs - From researcher to CEO (with SMART Photonics)

22 SEPT 2021

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.

Photonics: measuring what cannot currently be measured

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 dont's 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. Don’t miss out! Register today and learn from the pros.

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.

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

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.


High Tech Campus 41
5656 AE Eindhoven
The Netherlands


+31 (0)85 112 43 37

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