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Year
Name of Company
CountryAmount raisedSeries A (first round) or B (second round)Investors
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www.epic-assoc.com/funding/venture-finance
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Questions/Comments/Corrections, please contact carlos.lee@epic-assoc.com
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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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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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2016
Diagnostic Photonics
USA$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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2015
Michelson Diagnostics
UK£2.5mSeries B
Smith & Nephew, Kent County Council, other investors
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2015
VORAGO Technologies
USA$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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2015
Solantro Semiconductor
Canada$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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2013
Biophotonic 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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2013Compass-EOSUSA$42 Millionfurther rounds
Comcast Ventures, Cisco, Pitango Venture Capital, Benchmark Capital, Northbridge Venture Partners and Marker LLC
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2013ReVision OpticsUSA$55 millionSeries A
Canaan Partners, ProQuest Investments, InterWest Partners and Domain Associates, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC) and RusnanoMedInvest (RMI).
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2013Acal EnergyUK$23 million
Innovator Capital
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2013RANOVUSCanada, USA$11 MillionFurther round
Azure Capital Partners, T-Venture, BDC Venture Capital, OMERS Ventures, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund
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2013SBA MaterialsUSA
details not disclosed
Series B
Intel Capital, William Cook, SBA’s co-founder, NanoDimensions and Southern Cross Venture Partners
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2012LuxteraUSA
$21.7 million USD
Series C
NEA, August Capital, Sevin Rosen, Funds and Lux Capital, Tokyo Electron and personal investment from an industry titan
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2012VixarUSA$2.5 million USDSeries B
Phoenix Venture Partners
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2012Halation 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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2012CrossFiberUSA$13.4 millionSeries D
Southern Cross Venture Partners, New Venture Partners, Arsenal Venture Partners and existing investors including Back Bay Management and PacifiCap
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2012AOptixUSA$42 million USDSeries E (brings total funding to $123 million)
Clearstone Venture Partners, DAG Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Northgate Capital, W Capital Partners and True Ventures.
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2012IllumitexUSA$9.3 millionNot Series A (further round)
NEA, Morgan Creek Capital, Mousse Partners, Apex Venture Partners, DFJ Mercury and Syngenta Ventures
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2012AQT SolarUSA$18.7 millionSeries B (brings total to $40 million)not disclosed
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2012NanobiotixFrance$18 millionIPO funding
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2012InvuityUSA$25 millionSeries D
Valence Advantage Life Sciences Fund II, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and InterWest Partners, Wexford Capital
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2011BinOpticsUSA$13.3 millionNot Series A (further round)
Advantage Capital Partners, Enhanced Capital Partners, Gefinor Ventures, Onondaga Venture Capital Fund and Rand Capital; ArrowPath Venture Partners, Cayuga Venture Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and FA Technology Ventures.
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2011Prism SolarUSA$4.4 millionNot discosed
I2BF Venture Capital
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2011NuventixUSA$10 millionNot discosed
GE Energy Financial Services, Bergquist Co., Braemar Energy Ventures, CenterPoint Ventures, InterWest Partners and Rho Ventures
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2011NLight PhotonicsCanada$17 millionNot disclosed
Mohr Davidow Ventures, Oak Investment Partners, Menlo Ventures, and Samsung Venture Investment Corporation
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2011
Skorpios Technologies
USA$19 millionSeries B
Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Cottonwood Technology Fund, Sun Mountain Capital
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2010SiOnyxUSA$12.5 millionSeries B
Coherent, Crosslink Capital, Vulcan Capital, Polaris Venture Partners and Harris & Harris
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2010QD VisionUSA$10 millionSeries A
North Bridge Venture Partners, Highland Capital Partners and the CIA’s investment arm, In-Q-Tel
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2010GLO ABUSA, Sweden$25 million USDSeries A
Wellington Partners, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Hafslund Venture, Agder Energi Venture, Provider Venture Partners, Teknoinvest
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2010CALIENTUSA$10 millionNot disclosed
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2010
Light Blue Optics (LBO)
UK$13 million USD
Series B (follows Series ‘A’ extension of $15 million in July 2009)
DFJ Esprit, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Earlybird Venture Capital, Capital-E, NESTA, Christie Digital Systems Canada and WhiteGold Fund Management.
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2010VIA OptronicsGermany€4.4mnot disclosed
WHEB Ventures
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2009PowerlaseUK
details not disclosed
Not discosed
MTI Partners, Deutsche Venture Capital, DJF Esprit LLP, Alice Ventures and FNI Venture Capital.
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2009OneChip PhotonicsCanada$19.5 millionSeries A
BDC Venture Capital and GrowthWorks Canadian Fund, DCM and Morgenthaler Ventures.
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2009HeptagonFinland$22 millionFurther round
GGV Capital, Innovations Kapital, Innovacom, Nokia Growth Partners
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2009R2 SemiconductorUSA$11 millionSeries A
Sigma Partners, Morganthaler Ventures and Sequoia Capital
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2009
Applied Optoelectronics
USA$19.5 MillionSeries F
private placement of preferred stock
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2008
Redfern Integrated Optics Inc
USA$7.5 million USDSeries A
Southern Cross Venture Partners, Tallwood Venture Capital and Jolimont Capital.
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