Iris Light selected into the Techstars Space Accelerator & receives investment
The accelerator, which runs in partnership with the United States Space Force and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is focused on the next generation of space technology companies from adjacent industries (i.e., automotive, agriculture, energy, mining, finance, and manufacturing) that seek access to the aerospace industry as a primary go-to-market channel, and technologies that can be applied commercially into the space and aerospace sectors (i.e., autonomy, robotics, etc).
Companies selected for The Techstars Space Accelerator will have access to the world’s leaders in the aerospace industry to help advance their businesses in market positioning, customer acquisition, product development and overall growth.
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Iris Light selected to participate in Luminate 2021
Iris Light is proud to join Luminate, the world's leading accelerator for optics and photonics technologies based in Rochester, NY. Rochester has a long-standing influence in the industry, ranging from household names such as Kodak, Xerox, Bausch and Lomb, to the recent addition of AIM Photonics (silicon photonics), and the academic power of the University of Rochester (featuring an entire college dedicated to optics) and Rochester Institute of Technology (home to one of the first microelectronics degrees). The region is host to hundreds of optics companies and thousands of optics professionals. Iris Light receives mentorship from industry leaders, industry connections, programming, and much more.
Iris Light secures Air Force STTR – Phase II
Iris Light Technologies has been awarded an AFWERX Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II contract with partner Boise State University. The team is working with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to advance hybrid silicon-nanomaterial opto-electronic devices for silicon photonics.
Iris Light joins Third Derivative and receives investment
D3 is an initiative pioneered by the Rocky Mountain Institute (https://rmi.org/) and the New Energy Nexus (https://www.newenergynexus.com/) and major corporates including Microsoft and Shell among others. Iris Light was selected from a group of more than 620 applicants from 61 countries to join Third Derivative's inaugural class of early-stage climate tech startups called Cohort 417.