Winners of the North Wales Photonics Launchpad unveiled (see their names below the Agenda)
Business Support Workshop 23rd November 2016 for all companies in the photonics/optics cluster
To support the photonics/optics companies in the Cluster and beyond, as well as the North Wales Photonics Launchpad successful applicants, the Welsh Opto-electronics Forum along with Innovate, the Welsh Government and the Knowledge Transfer Network are pleased to announce the details of the next Business Support Workshop:
10.00 Welcome Susan Sheridan, WOF
10.05 Introduction Myrddin Jones, Innovate UK
10.15 Finance & Pitching to Finance, Emma Fadlon, KTN
11.15 IP and Licensing David Wooldridge, Welsh Gov
13.00 Welsh Government Finance, Ann Sudder
13.15 R & D Tax Credits, Sandra Dicker, RIFT
One to Ones
Business Wales, Dafydd Davies
Welsh Government, Ann Sudder
Welsh Government, David Wooldridge
KTN, Emma Fadlon
RIFT, Sandra Dicker
We are pleased to announce the five winners of the North Wales photonics Launchpad competition. The winners represent some of the most exciting early stage companies centered on the cluster of photonics, electro-optics, and opto-electronics businesses in North Wales.
The companies will share grant funding of up to £0.5m and gain access to expertise and business support from partners who will offer coaching and mentoring from appropriate sources depending on individual needs.
The five highly innovative projects were selected in a two stage process from eighteen applicants in the first stage. The winning companies, all small or micro SMEs are:
ICAM Engineering Ltd (Flintshire) - a project to allow manufacturers to keep pushing the boundaries of their photonic materials technologies; Zeeko Ltd (Denbighshire) – enabling significant reductions in polishing time and cost in the manufacture of precision optics; Camstech Ltd (Cambridge – moving to North Wales) - improving the performance and reducing the cost of a Surface Plasmon Resonance instrument by developing a novel SPR sensor; Mathcyf Cyf (Gwynedd) - creating a set of quantitative simulation tools to improve the processes used in polishing ultra-precision surfaces; Compass Optics Ltd (Anglesey) - instrumentation for the measurement of large optical surfaces that will make up the next generation of extremely large optical telescopes.