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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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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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2016HeliatekGermany€80 millionSeries D
innogy SE, ENGIE, BNP Paribas, CEE Group, AQTON, BASF, eCAPITAL, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Innogy Venture Capital, TUDAG and Wellington Partners
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2016QuanergyUSA$90MSeries B
Sensata Technologies, Delphi Automotive, Samsung Ventures, Motus Ventures and GP Capital
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2016InnovizIsrael$9 millionSeries A
Zohar Zisapel, Vertex Venture Capital, Magma Venture Partners, Amiti Ventures, Delek Motors.
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2016GlowforgeUSA$22 millionSeries B
Foundry Group and True Venture
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2016Spectral EnginesFinland1.6 M€NA
Inventure, Finnvera, VTT Ventures, Timo Syrjälä
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2016pureLiFiUKnot disclosedSeries B
Temase, existing investors
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2016Spectral EnginesFinland€1.6 MNA
Inventure, Finnvera and VTT Ventures, Timo Syrjälä
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2016CAILabsFrance€1millionSeries B
Starquest Capital
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2016GamayaSwitzerland$3.2 million USDSeries A
Sandoz Family Foundation, VI Partners, Seed4Equity, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
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2016KateevaUSA$88 million USDSeries E
BOE, Cybernaut Venture, GP Capital Shanghai, Redview Capital, and TCL Capital; SVIC, Sigma Partners, Spark Capital, Madrone Capital Partners, DBL Partners, New Science Ventures, and VEECO Instruments.
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2016ManzGermany
€75.6 million euros (2,323,224 new shares)
NA
Shanghai Electric Germany Holding. Of the 2,323,224 new shares, a total of 1,523,480 new shares were acquired by Shanghai Electric Germany based on 34.74 euros per new share.
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2016Pulsar PhotonicsGermany
details not disclosed
Series A
High-Tech Gründerfonds Management
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2016MultiPhyUSA$17 millionSeries Anot disclosed
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2016Diagnostic PhotonicsUSA$3 millionSeries Anot disclosed
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2016Deep OpticsIsrael$4 millionSeries A
Essilor International, Atomics 14 Ventures, private investors
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2016MovidiusUSA$40 millionnot disclosed
Summit Bridge Capital, ARCH Venture Partners and Sunny Optical Technology Group, Atlantic Bridge Capital, AIB Seed Capital Fund, Capital-E, DFJ Esprit and Robert Bosch Venture Capital.
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2016WaveOpticsUK
multi-million pound
not disclosed
Imperial Innovations Group, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Octopus Ventures, angel investors, Blippar
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2016OptoscribeScotland£1.2mnot disclosed
Archangels, Par Equity, Scottish Investment Bank
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2015GlowforgeUSA$9 millionSeries A
Foundry Group , True Ventures, Bre Pettis, Jenny Lawton
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2015AvegantUSA$24 millionSeries A
Hangzhou Liaison Interactive Information Technology Co. Ltd., Intel Capital, NHN Investment Co. Ltd. and the Bunting Family Fund
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2015IOPtimaUSA$7.2 millionSeries A
BioLight Life Sciences Investments Ltd. and two Asia-based venture capital firms
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2015PyreosScotland
$3.85 million USD
Series A
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2015Spectral ImagingFinland$5.9 millionSeries A
Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, with R&D financing provided by Teknoventure Management
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2015PureLiFiScotland£1.5 millionSeries A (brings total to £14 million)
London & Scottish Investment Partners, Old College Capital, Scottish Investment Bank
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2015Amplitude LaserFrance
details not disclosed
Samsung Venture Investment Corp
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2015Michelson DiagnosticsUK£2.5mSeries B
Smith & Nephew, Kent County Council, other investors
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2015VORAGO TechnologiesUSA$10 million
New Science Ventures
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20153ScanUSA$6.7 millionSeries ALux Capital
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2015Manta InstrumentsUSA
details not disclosed
Joint Polish Investment Fund and Triton Technology Fund
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2015TeraViewUK
details not disclosed
further rounds
Samsung Venture Investment, Nordson Dage, Q Street Capital, Low Carbon Innovation Fund
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2015VI SystemsGermany€2 milliongrant
European Commission's Horizon 2020
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2015
Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories
USA$5.5 milliongrant
Intel Capital, Colorado Impact Fund and management.
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2015Multiphoton OpticsGermany
details not disclosed
Series A
Backers included Sack & Kiesselbach, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Bayern Kapital, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft,
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2015SckipioIsrael
details not disclosed
further rounds ($27 million from past rounds)Intel Capital
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2015CorephotonicsIsrael$17.8 millionSeries B
Amiti Ventures, Magma Ventures, Horizons Ventures, BetaAngels Partners, Sandisk
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2015CredoUSA$8 millionSeries A
Walden International,
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2015TransphormUSA$70 millionNot disclosedKKR
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2015GaN SystemsCanada$20 MillionSeries C
Cycle Capital Management, BDC Capital, Tsing Capital, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital and RockPort Capital.
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2015NanteroUSA$31.5 millionnot disclosednot disclosed
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2015Solantro SemiconductorCanada$11 MillionSeries B
Inerjys Ventures, Black Coral Capital, BDC, Presidio Ventures, Clean Energy Venture Group and EDC
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2015Optimal+UK, Israel$42 MillionNot disclosed
KKR, Carmel Ventures and Pitango
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2015FlexEnableUK$15-$20 millionNot Disclosednot disclosed
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2014Lightwave LogicUSA$3 million
Sale of common stocks and warrants
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2014LatticePowerChina$80 millionSeries A
Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment, GSR Ventures
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2014LuxexcelNetherlands$5 million
Munich Venture Partners, Chrysalix SET and Filsa Capital
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2014RANOVUS
USA, Canada, Germany
$24 million USD
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2014Rebellion PhotonicsUSA$10.4 millionSeries ATinicum
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2014Seren PhotonicsWales£1.9MSeries A
FusionIP plc, IP Group plc and Finance Wales Ltd.
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2014Pluriomics
Belgium, Netherlands
€4 millionSeries A
Vesalius Biocapital, InnovationQuarter, Société régionale d’Investissement de Wallonie (SRIW)
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2014ImmunophotonicsUSA$1.8 millionSeries A
St. Louis Arch Angles, Billiken Angels, individual investors, and the Missouri Technology Corporation.
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2014Pilegrowth TechItaly500,000 EURSeries A
Quadrivio Capital SGR, TTVenture, Como Venture,
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2014InnoLightUSA$32 millionSeries C
Google Capital, Lightspeed China Partners
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2014AvogyUSA$40 MillionSeries B
Intel Capital, KHOSLA VENTURES
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2014AquantiaUSA$16 millionSeries G
Xilinx, New Enterprise Associates, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Pinnacle Ventures and Rusnano
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2013PyreosScotland$4M USDSeries A
Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Seraphim Capital, Siemens Technology Accelerator and the Scottish Investment Bank.
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2013Photronics IncUSA
details not disclosed
Series A
Silicon Values BG Partners
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2013Phi OpticsUSA$250,000Seed funding
Serra Ventures, Newport Holdings LP, Ventures LLC.
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2013Biophotonic Solutions Inc.USA$1 millionSeries A
Michigan Angel Fund
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2013Halation PhotonicsChina
details not disclosed
Series B
Northern Light Venture Capital Early Stage Investment Enterprise, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Softbank China Venture Capital, China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Ventures Co. Ltd. and Applied Ventures.
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2013RaydianceUSA$6 millionventure loan
Horizon Technology Finance Corp
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2013Direct PhotonicsGermany€3.3mSeries B
Deutsche Effecten und Wechsel Beteiligungsgesellschaft, Falk Strascheg Holding (Extorel), VC Fonds Technologie Berlin
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2013LED EnginUSA$12 millionSeries E
CEC Capital Management,GVT
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2013SolicoreUSA$4 millionSeries A
New Science Ventures, CEA
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2013CALIENTUSA$27 millionfurther roundsnot disclosed
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