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Funding for Photonics

December 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm EET

Today many of the Photonics companies can get funding from VC, Business Angels, and Public Funding (both national and international). For that you don’t need to be excellent you just need to be outstanding from many others. What is also important is to have a chance to meet with the investors and to raise their interest.

Funding for Photonics is the second-time event specially designed to help Finnish Photonics companies to find financial partners. It is the series of events organized by Photonics Finland aimed to raise the awareness of investors and funding bodies on the advanced companies in the field delivering top-notch and groundbreaking technologies and products.


14:00 Welcome and opening, Photonics Finland
14:15 Specim exit case, co-founder Esko Herrala
14:30 Timo Ahopelto, Founding Partner, Lifeline Ventures
15:00 Lotta Partanen, Incubation Manager, VTT Launchpad
15:30 Chipmetrics, Mikko Utriainen
15:40 FluoroTrust Project – Tampere University
15:50 ARMORed superhydrophobic surfaces – Aalto university
16:00 A-Photonics – Aalto university
16:10 Closing


Funding for Photonics Tue, Dec 15, 2020 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (EET)

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Specim exit case

Konica Minolta, Inc. (‘Konica Minolta’) announced that Konica Minolta Sensing Europe B.V., its wholly-owned subsidiary for the sensing business, based in the Netherlands, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Specim, Spectral Imaging Oy Ltd (‘Specim’). More here

Timo Ahopelto

Timo has worked in several industries ranging from biotech to mobile apps and from digital media to industrial process technology. As the founding CEO of CRF Health, he grew the company into the industry leadership in electronic patient diaries in clinical R&D by 2007. In 2018, CRF Health became Finland’s fourth tech unicorn with exit to Genstar at €1.1bn. Timo is a highly connected member of the startup community and serves e.g. as the Chairman of the Board at Slush. At Lifeline Ventures, he has worked e.g. with Moves, Enevo, Oncos Therapeutics, TrademarkNow, Curious AI, ZenRobotics, Ductor and Oura.

Lotta Partanen

Lotta is a graduate of the former University of Art and Design Helsinki (now part of Aalto University). She also has a Professional Certificate in Foresight from the University of Houston. “Professionally, I would describe myself as an innovation designer,” says Lotta. Her previous employers include Philips and Nokia. Before VTT, she worked at Fortum for three years in their internal innovation accelerator. “I am excited to share the message of customer-centricity and the related methods at VTT, because I have been waiting to engage in applied research. VTT LaunchPad is needed to accelerate the introduction of VTT’s inventions to the world!”


Chipmetrics is a forerunner in productizing test structures, test chips and monitoring wafer concepts for advanced materials and microelectronics manufacturing. We are experts in thin film conformality characterization. We provide our test and measurement services for process developers and end-users. Chipmetrics Oy is a part of the emerging Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) industry and research community. Our headquarters are in Finland – in the country of the origin of ALD.


Fast and flexible way to create highly secure labels for products, ID documents, and packaging. FluoroTrust fluorescent, light-activated labels enable you to make overt, covert, and forensic security markings on products, packaging, and ID documents. The flexible sizing and patterning, combined with high resolution, allows the technology to be used in a wide variety of applications. FluoroTrust project is developing the technology further and mapping the commercial potential of the technique.

ARMORed superhydrophobic surfaces

Superhydrophobic surfaces repel water and keep themselves clean. These properties are a result from micro- and nano-structures combined with hydrophobic surface treatment. Until recently, poor mechanical durability of the surfaces has limited their use in applications. Our results featured on the cover of the June 2020 issue of Nature, offer a major breakthrough in durability of superhydrophobic surfaces. These results will next be scaled up and applied to various application areas, including photovoltaics, and coatings for sensors.

Superhydrophobic surfaces repel water like nothing else. This makes them extremely useful for antimicrobial coatings – as bacteria, viruses and other pathogens cannot cling to their surfaces. However, superhydrophobic surfaces have one major flaw – they are extremely susceptible to cuts, scratches or dents. If a superhydrophobic surface gets damaged, the damaged area can trap liquids and the benefits of the coating are lost. Now, however, a collaboration between researchers in China and Finland has developed an armour-plated superhydrophobic surface which can take repeated battering from sharp and blunt objects, and still repel liquids with world-record effectiveness.

The research – which is the cover feature of this week’s issue of Nature – has designed superhydrophobic surfaces that can be made out of metal, glass, or ceramic. The superhydrophobic properties of the surface come from nano-sized structures spread all over it. The trick is to pattern the surface of the material with a honeycomb-like structure of tiny inverted pyramids. The fragile water-repellent chemical is then coated on the inside of the honeycomb. This prevents any liquid from sticking to the surface, and the fragile chemical coating is protected from damage by the pyramid’s walls.

“The armour can be made from almost any material, it’s the interconnection of the surface frame that makes it strong and rigid,” says Professor Robin Ras, a physicist at Aalto University whose research group was part of the project. “We made the armour with honeycombs of different sizes, shapes and materials. The beauty of this result is that it is a generic concept that fits for many different materials, giving us the flexibility to design a wide range of durable waterproof surfaces.” Design of robust superhydrophobic surfaces