Invest in Photonics is becoming the INPHO® Venture Summit: photonics and beyond.

INPHO® Venture Summit is not limited to photonics but address innovative and broader smart technologies.

Since 2008, we have attracted more than 500 European participants, 50 international keynote speakers, more than 80 VCs and Corporate funds, more than 60 start-ups seeking investors and more than 100 million Euros in investment.

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Recognized as the major European event supporting investment in photonics, Invest in Photonics is also evolving and expanding its scope to a broader range of smart technologies to become INPHO® Venture Summit, the place where financial and strategic investors meet to support and invest in future technologies and in the champions of tomorrow.

Our objectives for you:

  • to learn from emerging and promising technologies that will shape the future
  • to discover the champions of tomorrow
  • to close round table by meeting with investors and co-investors
  • to detect investment opportunities to define the bankable challenges
  • to focus on in lively discussions

In the capital of Excellence, INPHO® relies on a program committee and keynote speakers who are shaping the future through their actions and positions in the industry, innovation and investment. INPHO® will take place in the most stunning square in Bordeaux: the Palais de la Bourse, in the heart of the city, along the waterfront.

Event Schedule

  • Thursday 6th of October
  • From 1:00pm to 11pm


    Welcome Address


    IoT & Smartgrids: Toward new business models in Energy

    • Presentation of industrial needs and interests, “what keeps you up at night?” No presentation, but concrete questions
    • 5 Elevator Pitches

    Disruptive Technologies Session


    Coffee Break


    What is the future of "mobility"?


    Boosting technology innovation through Equity Investments

    European Investment Fund


    Free time or ”Exclusive Club” Networking


    Gala Dinner

    Transportation to Château Pape-Clément

  • Friday 7th of October
  • From 9:00am to 2pm


    Better data for better treatment


    Coffee Break


    Telecom/Datacom: The cornerstone for the digital revolution


    Europe attractiveness to innovate


    Lunch for Networking & Award Ceremony

Seeking Business & Funding?

Seeking Business & Funding?

Meet with key players including Silicon Valley executives

One to One meeting will be organized before, during and after the different sessions with the support of BLUMOPHO. Leading European and Silicon Valley C level executives participating to INPHO® Venture Summit are looking for the game changers in energy efficiency, mobility, digital medicine and datacom/telecom. Facebook, Ciena, Juniper Network, First Solar, Free, Schneider, Legrand, Johnson&Johnson, PSA, Bosch, EDF EN, C level executives and many more… will be accessible for one to one meetings with participants in an open innovation framework organized by

Apply for the pitching sessions

Moreover Inpho® offers a unique opportunity to pitch in front of investors for innovative companies focused on the four following targeted sectors: Energy Efficiency Health/consumer Telecom/datacom Mobility/autonomous vehicle

To ensure a high-quality elevator-pitch, all submissions will be assessed by a Selection Committee made up of experts and investors.
Prior to the event, a panel of 20 selected companies will be coached by experts and financial advisors from BLUMORPHO to be ready for their 5 minutes presentation. Each presentation will be followed by a 2 minutes questions/answers session.

€5,000 cash award
for the most promising company

Key Dates

Stage #1

Filing of Application Forms

April 1 – June 30, 2016

Stage #2

Screening of the Applications

July, 2016

Stage #3

Phone Interviews if needed

August 2016

Stage #4

Final Selection

September, 2016

Stage #5

Coaching for Selected Companies

September – October 5, 2016

Stage #6

Presentation at Inpho®

October 6-7, 2016

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner

The gala dinner will be held on Thursday evening at Château Pape-Clément (Pessac).



Inpho is lead by a team of experts.
Audrey, Géraldine and Hervé will be your hosts during the event.
Feel free to contact the Inpho’ team if you have any questions.

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The Conference Venue

The Conference Venue

This year again the conferences will take place at Place de la Bourse, an idyllic situation in a cultural environment and close from the historic center.
This place offers a perfect setting because of its unique position along the Garonne River and its proximity to the largest hotels and shops.

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