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YearName of CompanyCountryAmount raisedSeries A (first round) or B (second round)Investors
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EPIC is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics. We foster a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC publishes market and technology reports, organizes technical workshops and B2B roundtables, engages in advocacy and lobbying, European funded projects, education and training activities, standards and roadmaps, pavilions at exhibitions.
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2018Aledia France€30 millionSeries C
Intel Capital, Braemar Energy Ventures, Demeter, the Ecotechnologies Fund of Bpifrance (the French national industrial bank), IKEA Group, Sofinnova Partners and Supernova Invest.
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2018LightmatterUSA$11 millionSeries A
Matrix Partners and Spark Capital.
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2018AlediaFrance$36 millionSeries C
Intel Capital, Braemar Energy Ventures, Demeter, the Ecotechnologies Fund of Bpifrance (the French national industrial bank), IKEA Group, Sofinnova Partners and Supernova Invest.
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2017FinisarUSA$390 millionNot disclosedApple Inc.
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2017Blue Frog RoboticsFranceNot disclosedNot disclosed
Fenox Venture Capital.
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2017Guardian Optical TechnologiesIsrael$5.1 millionSeries A
Mirai Creation Fund, SPARX Group and Maniv Mobility.
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2017UniKLasersScotland£1 millionFurther round
Par Equity, Scottish Investment Bank, and Lancaster Capital.
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2017AEPONYXCanadaCAD $4.3 millionFurther round
Recent investment brings total investment to CAD 10 million for ramp-up of production by 2019.
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2017Ceres NanosciencesUSA$3 million Series A
GreyBird Ventures.
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2017VectorUSA$21 millionSeries A
Sequoia Capital, Shasta Ventures and Lightspeed.
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2017Boom SupersonicUSA$33 millionSeries A
8VC, Caffeinated Capital, Palm Drive Ventures, RRE Ventures and YC’s Continuity Fund.
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2017Spark LasersFrance€1 millionSeries A
Starquest, Gravitation, and ADI Nouvelle Aquitaine.
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2017Horizon RoboticsUSA$100 millionSeries A plus
Intel Capital, Morningside Venture Capital, Hillhouse Capital, Wu Capital and Linear Ventures.
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2017AugmedicsIsrael$8.3 millionSeries A
AO Invest, Israeli Innovation Authority, Terra Venture Partners and others.
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2017SynapticonGermany$9 millionFurther round
7 Industries Holdings (NL), HTGF High-Tech and MBG.
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2017DedroneGermany$15 millionSeries B
John Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco and Felicis Ventures.
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2017EasyMileFrance$15 millionSeries AAlstom.
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2017LaserMotiveUSA$1.5 millionNot disclosed
Not disclosed.
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2017WayraySwitzerland$18 millionSeries B
Banma Technologies.
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2017Hesai PhotonicsChina$16 millionSeries A
Pagoda Investment, Grains Valley Venture Capital, Jiangmen Venture Capital and LightHouse Capital Management.
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2017Stanley RoboticsFrance$4 millionNot disclosed
Elaia Partners, Idinvest Partners and Ville de Demain.
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2017vHiveIsrael$2 millionSeries A
StageOne VC and several additional private investors.
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2017Vivacity LabsUK$2 millionNot disclosed
Tracsis, Downing Ventures and the London Co-Investment Fund.
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2017BluewristCanada$1.5 millionNot disclosed
Istuary Toronto Capital.
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2017KuboDenmark$1 millionNot disclosed
Danish Growth Fund.
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2017EchodyneUSA$29 millionSeries B
New Enterprise Associates, Bill Gates, Madrona Venture Group, and other investors.
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2017ClearMotionUSA$100 millionSeries C
JP Morgan clients, NEA, Qualcomm Ventures and other investors.
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2017Tonbo ImagingIndia$17 millionFurther round
WRV Capital, Qualcomm Ventures and Edelweiss Private Equity.
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2017GluSenseIsraelNot disclosedNot disclosed
JDRF T1D Fund.
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2017Cambridge Medical RoboticsUK$26 millionSeries A
Cambridge Innovation Capital, LGT Global Invest, Escala Capital, ABB Technology Ventures, and Watrium.
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2017LeddarTechCanada$101 millionNot disclosed
Osram, Delphi, Magneti Marelli, Integrated Device Technology and Fonds de solidarité FTQ.
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2017InnovizIsrael$65 millionSeries B
Delphi Automotive PLC, Magna International, 360 Capital Partners, Glory Ventures, Naver and others.
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2017DigiLensUSA$22 millionSeries B
Sony, Foxconn, Continental, Panasonic, Alsop Louie Partners, Bold Capital, Nautilus Venture Partners, Dolby Family Ventures, and other undisclosed investors.
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2017WaveOptics UK$15.5 millionSeries B
Touchstone Innovations, Octopus Ventures, and Robert Bosch Venture Capital, and Gobi Ventures.
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2017InpriaUSA$23.5 millionSeries B
Intel Capital, Samsung Ventures and Applied Ventures, JSR Corporation, and ALIAD.
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2017Belkin LaserIsrael$2.5 millionFurther round
Zicom Holdings, Rimonci Capital, and other undisclosed investors.
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2017OryxIsrael$50 millionSeries B
Union Tech Ventures, Third Point Ventures, WRV, Bessemer Venture Partners, Maniv Mobility and Trucks VC.
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2017AEyeUSA$16 millionSeries A
Airbus Ventures, Intel Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Tyche Partners and other investors.
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2017LuminarUSA$36 millionNot disclosed
Canvas Ventures, GVA Capital, and 1517 Fund, and other undisclosed investors.
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2017QD SolarCanadaC$2.5 millionSeries A
DSM Venturing, MaRS Innovation, and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
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2017Metamaterial TechnologiesCanada$8.3 millionSeries A
Radar Capital, Innovacorp, and other unspecified investors.
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2017CardioFocusUSA$20 millionNot disclosed
Raised existing but undisclosed investors.
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2017MonterisUSA$26.6 millionSeries C
Versant Ventures, SightLine Partners, Birchview Capital and BDC Capital’s Healthcare Venture Fund.
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2017CailabsFrance€5 millionNot disclosed
Safran Corporate Ventures, Innovacom and Starquest Capital.
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2017Laser QuantumUK£25.5 millionNot disclosed
Novanta. The total amount of investment represents increased in its equity stake in Laser Quantum.
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2017QuintessenceLabsAustralia$3.26 millionNot disclosed
Australian Department of Defence.
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2017InnovizIsraelNot disclosedNot disclosedMagna.
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2017Luxexcel Belgium$10 millionFurther round
KLA-Tencor, SET Ventures, Munich Venture Partners, and PMV.
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2017AdextMexico$3 millionFurther round
US and Mexican investors and led by Angel Romanos, founder and CEO of Credito Real. $3 million is at a $20 million valuation.
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2017Eight19 UK£1.3 millionFurther round
Lucros Investment, IP Group PLC, Clarium Capital Management LLC and Providence
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2017Rockley PhotonicsUK£4.8 millionNot disclosed
Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC).
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2017Reflex PhotonicsCanada$500,000Not disclosed
Canadian government.
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2017AvegantUSA$13.7 millionFurther round
Hangzhou Lian Luo, Intel, and Applied Materials.
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2017SpecimFinland€3.5 millionNot disclosed
Bocap SME Achievers Fund II Ky.
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2017Indigo DiabetesBelgium€7 millionSeries AThuja Capital.
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2017CorningUSA$200 million Not disclosedApple Inc.
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2017KalrayUSA€23.6 millionFurther round
Safran Corporate Ventures, legacy partners, CEA Investissement and ACE Management, Pengpai investment fund.
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2017CoriantGermanyNot disclosedNot disclosed
Oaktree Capital Management and Marlin Equity Partners.
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2017OptoscribeUK£1.8 millionSeries B
Archangels, Par Equity, Scottish Investment Bank and the Optoscribe management team
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2017TriLuminaUSA$9 millionFurther round
Kickstart Seed Fund, Stage 1 Ventures, Cottonwood Technology Fund, DENSO Ventures and Sun Mountain Capital
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2017nLightCanada$35 millionFurther round
21 investors took part in the fundraise
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2017ITOSGermanyNot disclosedNot disclosed
Edmund Optics made an equity investment; ITOS will now operate as a subsidiary of Edmund Optics. Further details of the agreement remain confidential.
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2017SMART-Photonics Netherlands$7 millionSeries Bnot disclosed
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2017ColorChip Israel$17 millionFurther round
CIRTech, Scale-Up
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2017HiLight SemiconductorUK$6.1mSeries B
Atlantic Bridge, Oyster Capital and Gary Steele, Executive Chairman
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2017MedLumicsSpain$37 millionSeries B
Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, Seroba Life Sciences, Innogest Capita, Ysios Capital Partners and Caixa Capital Risc.
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2017Laser Wire SolutionsUK£275KSeries A
Finance Wales, South West Angel and Investor Network
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2017Micro-LAMUSA$1.75 millionSeries AGrand Angels
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2017TetraVueUSA$10 millionSeries A
Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Nautilus Venture Partners, Samsung Catalyst Fund and Foxconn
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2017CorephotonicsIsrael$15 millionSeries B
Samsung Ventures, iPhone producer Foxconn, semiconductor chip maker MediaTek and an unspecified but “top-tier” smart phone OEM
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2017LuxendoGermany$8.56 millionSeries A
EMBL and Life Science Partners
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2016TriLuminaUSAnot disclosedNot disclosed
DENSO International America
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2016Blackmore Sensors and AnalyticsUSA$3.5 millionSeries A
Next Frontier Capital and Millennium Technology Value Partners.
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2016ReVision OpticsUSA$10 millionNot disclosed
Square 1 Bank
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2016OstendoUSA$41.8 millionFurther roundnot disclosed
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2016Photonic CapitalUSA$100 millionSeries A
Bright Light Capital I
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2016Oryx VisionIsrael$17 millionSeries A
Bessemer Venture Partners, Maniv Mobility and Trucks VC
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2016Sol VoltaicsSweden$17MSeries C
Riyadh Valley, Umoe, FAM, Industrifonden, and Nano Future Invest; Swedish Energy Agency and the European Union's Horizon 2020
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2016ColorChipUSA$20 millionSeries B
Gemini Israel Funds, BRM Group, IGP, Vintage, HGL Capital, and Viola Credit
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2016NeurovisionUSA$5 millionSeries B
Wildcat Capital Management
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2016OptoscribeUK£1.2MSeries A
Archangels, Par Equity and Par Equity
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2016VersalumeUSAnot disclosedCorning
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2016LightPathUSA$200K
National Science Foundation (NSF)
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2016Rochester Precision OpticsUSAnot disclosed
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
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2016PhosphorTechUSA$1 million
U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science and Basic Energy Sciences
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2016LumisynUSA$1 million
U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science and Basic Energy Sciences
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2016VizzarioUSA$2 millionSeries AVSP Global
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2016SpectrumCanada$49,725NANRC-IRAP
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2016Xarion Laser AcousticsAustrianot disclosed
Trumpf Venture
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2016Planetary ResourcesUSA$21.1 millionSeries A
Bryan Johnson, OS Fund, Idea Bulb Ventures, Tencant, Vast Ventures, Grishin Robotics, Conversion Capital, The Seraph Group, Space Angels Network and Larry Page.
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2016PyreosUK£1.8 millionFurther rounds
London Business Angels, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, the Scottish Investment Bank, Seraphim Capital and Siemens Technology Accelerator
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2016Gooch & HousegoUKnot disclosedNA
Innovate UK and the UK National Quantum Technologies Program
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2016UTAUSA$1.5MGrant
U.S. Army Research Office
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2016University of Central FloridaUSA$1.3 millionGrantDARPA
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2016Lumus Israel$45 millionNot disclosed
Quanta Computer and HTC
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2016Carl ZeissGermany$1.1 billionNA
ASML. The investment allowed ASML to take a 24.9% stake
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