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Clean Energy Trust invests in Iris Light

Iris Light joins the portfolio of cleantech investor Clean Energy Trust to boost data center efficiency.


Iris Light awarded AFWERX STTR Phase 1 contract from US Air Force

Iris Light received an AFWERX Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract with partner Boise State University to advance hybrid silicon-nanomaterial lasers for silicon photonics.


CRI Demo Day 2019

Iris Light CEO, Chad Husko, speaks on the future of Cloud data centers and how Iris Light embedded lasers are going break the bandwidth bottleneck.


Iris Light selected as a finalist for the 2019 Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC)

Iris Light was selected as one of 12 teams to advance to the finals on June 6. NVC finalists will present to a panel of distinguished judges and compete for over $1 million in case and in-kind services.


Iris Light at the Tough Tech Summit

Iris Light to attend the Tough Tech Summit at The Engine (MIT) this month.


Iris Light joins Cohort 2 of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI)

Iris Light joins Cohort 2 of Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) at Argonne National Lab in August. CRI's mission is to accelerate hardware technologies by leveraging Argonne experts and infrastructure. 


Iris Light reaches George Shultz Innovation Fund Finals

The George Shultz Innovation Fund at the University of Chicago selects Iris Light as a finalist in their Spring 2020 cycle for $250k investment.


Iris Light and Boise State receive $242k IGEM grant

Idaho Department of Commerce gives Iris Light and Boise State University the green light for on-chip laser technology.


Iris Light receives a SAFE investment from the New Venture Challenge (NVC)

As a finalist in the 2019 New Venture Challenge, Iris Light was awarded a SAFE investment.


Iris Light accepted to 2019 New Venture Challenge (NVC)

90+ teams applied, 30 were accepted to Phase II. The NVC is the University of Chicago’s nationally ranked accelerator program that has graduated more than 230 startup companies still in operation today. Learn more about NVC and the next steps for Iris Light here. 


Iris Light at NREL Innovation Showcase

Iris Light to participate in the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) Innovation Showcase in Avon, CO. 


Iris Light founder Chad Husko participates in Department of Energy I-Corps Cohort 7

Chad Husko participates in the Department of Energy I-Corps Cohort 7 in June 2018.

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