Cluster, Workshop

Graduate Program for Photonics, Quantum, and Deep Tech Start-ups in Berlin and Brandenburg

18:00 bis 18:00
Participants: PhD students, PhDs and Post Docs in research institutes with interest to start a business in Photonics, quantum technologies, sensor tech, micro systems

Aim of the program:
Berlin is THE start-up capital in Germany and a start-up hot spot in Europe. Photonics quantum tech and other Deep Technologies are strong in Berlin but starting a company in such a high-tech field still remains challenging. With the start-up program we want to inform PhD students, PhDs and Post Docs in Photonics, QT and other deep tech from Berlin that starting a company is possible and can be fun too. The start-up eco-system in Berlin nowadays is highly professionalized and holds ample opportunities for those who dare… We invite start-ups, established companies, Business Angels and VCs as well as law firms and university support structures to the seminar to present their cases, challenges and lessons learned and to indicate support opportunities.


Mike Richardson (OpTecBB e.V.)
Dr. Frank Lerch (EPGAP OSA Photonics Group)

Date: Winter 2023, Thursday, 16:00 - 17:30
Venue: Webinar format mixed with in-presence sessions with changing locations

Deadline for registration is 23.12.22.
(follow the link below)

Program starts on 12.01.23 and runs until the beginning of May. Program language is English.

Participation is open for external guests coming from photonics and QT startups in Berlin and Brandenburg.

Please get in contact with the organizers incase you are interested in joining one of the sessions below.



12.1. - HUB ADL
Introduction & Photonics in Berlin & High-Tech Start-ups
Mike Richardson (OpTecBB) & Frank Lerch (EPIGAP OSA) & Volker Hofmann (HI)

19.1.- online
From corporate innovation programs to invest-ment and coaching – an example from Israel
Ran Bar-Sella (thub-Technion, Alison AI, TYDEX, Elbit Systems, Incubit)

26.1.- online
Start-up – Story from Germany: Breathing life into optical and QT systems
Dr. Kevin Füchsel (Quantum Optics Jena GmbH)

09.02 - online
Financing High-Tech Start-ups
Gernot Berger (High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH) (tbc)

16.02.- BPWT
Supporting Start-ups within the Cluster Optics and Photonics Berlin Brandenburg
Gerrit Rössler, Silvia Bensel, Philip Scherer Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie

23.02.- Uni Potsdam
Business Model Canvas and a short Pitch Clinic
Johannes Zier/ Anita Knappe Potsdam Transfer, Uni Potsdam

02.03.- BOSCH Tempelhof
Investing into quantum tech
Katrin Kobe (Bosch QT)

09.03.- online
Shedding light on the future - Building a scala-ble business model by investing in detector tech
Marek Kotelnicki VIGO Ventures

16.03.- Vossius
IP Management for start-ups
Dr. Christian Sandweg (VOSSIUS & Partner)

23.03.- IBB Ventures
Investing into deep tech in Berlin
Stephan Schulze (IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft)

20.04.- MOCK
Legal issues in incorporating a company, (Gesellschaftsvertrag, etc.)
Prof. Dr. Walter Rust (MOCK Rechtsanwälte)

04.05.- online (tbc)
My journey from Former TU Berlin Start-up u2t later FINISAR, then AUCCEPT and XXX
Andreas Umbach (AUCCEPT GmbH)

11.05.- HUB ADL
Competition: pitches of ideas 1500,00 Euro price for the winner
Participants & Jury