#Photonpreneurs – From researcher to CEO (with SMART Photonics for DeepTech startups)

#Photonpreneurs – From researcher to CEO, the journey of a serial entrepreneur (with SMART Photonics’ Johan Feenstra).




Welcome to the first in our monthly webinar series #Photonpreneurs focusing on investment readiness in the world of photonics. The series will encourage entrepreneurs to present their entrepreneurial experience and funding journey, including how the project came together and different types of funding raised (such as grant, debt, or equity) in a “how we did it” webinar.

For this first webinar, we invited Johan Feenstra, CEO of SMART Photonics, to discuss his background and entrepreneurial journey to date and to share some of the wisdom he has gathered along the way on how to raise capital and run a deeptech company. Learn about the arduous path from research to entrepreneurship, the ups and downs of launching a business, the journey from launching a venture up to acquisition, and how to scale a business as CEO.

During the first 45 minutes of the webinar, Johan will be interviewed by Nilufar Bulut, Program Manager at PhotonDelta, which participated in SMART Photonics’ previous funding round. This live discussion format is doubly guaranteed to provide attendees with a wealth of personal insights and personal tips, as well as answer some fundamental questions entrepreneurs have in their quest for growth:

How to raise your next funding round?

When is the right time to look for capital?

What options does one have?

What are the do’s and don’ts of raising capital?

At the end of the event, attendees will be able to participate in a live Q&A and ask their questions directly to Johan and PhotonDelta. Don’t miss out! Register today and learn from the pros.

About PhotonHub Europe

If your company uses photonics technologies, PhotonHub Europe’s investment readiness programme may be of particular interest. The overarching objective of this programme is to support deeptech start-ups and scale-ups where photonics is either their core competence or is a key enabling technology within their product online, offering:

The event is finished.


Sep 22 2021


11:00 am - 12:00 pm