Position yourself as a driver of innovation!



Position yourself as a driver of innovation!

The STARTUP WORLD is the marketplace for young companies and their innovative products that will foster their visibility and provide them with industry contacts at leading international trade fairs.
The STARTUP WORLD is offering a unique marketplace of innovation and matchmaking platform to thriving startup companies, industry and investors at leading international trade fairs. The go-ahead for the STARTUP WORLD is given at the LASER World of PHOTONICS, 26 – 29 June 2017, in Munich. STARTUP WORLD is accompanied by the PHOTONICS Award and going far beyond the exhibition stand.

As a Startup company, you are the very heart of an innovative economy: Your pioneering inventions yield benefits for established companies and society alike. A marketplace is essential to ensure such companies’ market entry, and thus their existence. With its international network of companies and trade fairs, the LASER World of PHOTONICS is a unique platform for innovation: Fledgling companies are able to present their products to a wide industrial audience at the trade fair and get in touch with potential investors.


Innovation Platform

Awesome Prizes

International Networking

Business Support



The PHOTONICS Award addresses startups Europeanwide in the technology community that are no more than 5 years old and have at least a prototype of the submitted solution available. The finalists will exhibit their solutions at STARTUP WORLD at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2017. Prizes will be awarded for the best product innovations:


This prize category is looking for innovative best product innovations in the entire optical technologies sector.

More information about the Prizes


International and innovative: LASER World of PHOTONICS is the only event that addresses the entire range of photonics solutions. From components to systems and from concrete applications to services, the STARTUP WORLD and PHOTONICS award at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2017 depicted the entire value chain and brought global suppliers and customers together to meet their needs in the following sectors:

Imaging / Sensors, Test and Measurement

Laser-based measuring and testing systems and optical sensors have been indispensable in manufacturing, medicine and science for quite some time - and they play an ever-increasing role as demand for precision and resilience increases.
The advantages? Broader applications, improved results, lower costs.

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Lasers and laser systems for production engineering

They optimise production and make processes more efficient.
As high performance tools in the macro- and micro-machining sector, lasers mainly give you one thing: A genuine competitive edge.
As the largest trade fair for this exhibition sector, LASER World of PHOTONICS will demonstrate how your company can profit from that, too.

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Biophotonics & Medical engineering

Ultra-high-resolution imaging and increasingly precise spectroscopy and laser systems are making an entirely new level of quality possible in diagnostics.
On the one hand, physicians, biologists, chemists and pharma/material researchers profit from that.
On the other, so do patients—thanks to minimally invasive techniques for gentler therapies.

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Register now! Submit your solution today. The PHOTONICS Award is now open to European startups developing innovative products in any relevant market segment of photonics.

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  • 3 - 31 MAY 2017

    Submission phase for the Photonics Award

  • JUNE 2017

    Preliminary evaluation of submissions by expert jury and nomination and notification of TOP5

  • 26 - 29 JUNE 2017

    LASER World of PHOTONICS 2017 exhibition of finalists

  • 27 JUNE 2017

    Presentations of the Photonics Awards TOP5 and announcement of the winner at LASER World of PHOTONICS Forum


The first STARTUP WORLD at LASER World of PHOTONICS is in the books and the PHOTONICS Award has its first winners. Have a look in our media section for photos from the last Forum and Award Ceremony, videos and interviews from our finalists and press reviews.

Gallery 2015     Videos 2015     Press reviews 2015





LASER World of PHOTONICS, the International Trade Fair for the Laser and Photonics Industry, has been held in Munich since 1973. It does a perfect job of combining technology with industrial application sectors for the widest variety of industries and uses.

International trade fair for the photonics industry
Every two years, key players and decision-makers come to Munich to meet at the industry’s most important marketplace, LASER World of PHOTONICS. The fair gives participants from more than 70 countries a complete overview of all topics that pertain to optical technologies on 55,000 square meters of exhibition space.

Synergy between research and industry
An extensive program of related events, current focus topics and the World of Photonics Congress – the leading European scientific congress (in the TOP 3 worldwide) that is held in conjunction with the fair – create a unique combination of research, innovative technology and industrial application sectors.

2015: Record number of exhibitors and growing international audience
The trade fair set a new record in the number of exhibitors with 11,227 exhibiting companies from 42 countries. At 61 percent, the share of foreign visitors among the 31,000 industry professional who attended the fair also set a new record.

Key facts about LASER World of PHOTONICS and World of Photonics Congress 2015

  • 31,279 trade visitors from 72 countries
  • 1,227 exhibitors from 42 countries
  • 55,000m² total space
  • 181 journalists from 18 countries
  • 5,600 congress participants with an international share of 73 % and more than 2,700 lectures and presentations


STARTUP WORLD 2015: “In its very first year, STARTUP WORLD has already been a complete success,” declares Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of Messe München International Executive Board. “We’re glad to see it resonate so well with people and are looking forward to implementing this new trade fair format along with AZO and our other technology conference partners.”

“The impressive quality of the products submitted underscores just how innovative young companies can be,” adds Thorsten Rudolph, Managing Director Anwendungszentrum GmbH (AZO). “In cooperation with Messe München, we believe we’re taking the first step towards establishing an international marketplace for high-tech start-ups at the world’s top trade fairs.”

The first STARTUP WORLD was sponsored by the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship gGmbH and the BERLINER GLAS GROUP.

For further information about STARTUP WORLD and the winners and finalists in this year’s PHOTONICS Award competition, please visit

Archive 2015


Sonnika Gutarra

Project Management
+49 8105 77277-19

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