A unique one-stop-shop solution for supporting photonics innovation in European companies

especially adapted to the needs of small- and medium-sized enterprises

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  • "SMEs have the possibility to innovate within photonics but they do not have access to the experts, and this is why ACTPHAST is one of the tools and models for the future."

    Jan GeeraertManaging DirectorFlanders Plastic Vision
  • “The expertise that we have received from ACTPHAST has been really excellent, and has really made a difference to our abilities to overcome some significant innovation hurdles and get our product to market faster.”

    Rolf EvenblijProgram ManagerTechnobis tft-fos
  • "We know that excellent product innovation is essential to our success and growth, and ACTPHAST has really helped us to push the boundaries in our innovation while reducing the costs, the risk and the time to market."

    Philippe BolleCEOSkylane Optics
  • “Our first experience in working with ACTPHAST has been great. We got fast decisions with minimal paperwork, and our project went really well. We hope to continue working with ACTPHAST on our innovation roadmap.”

    Edwin SmuldersOperations DirectorMA3 Solutions
  • "As a small company with a focus on life science instruments and medical devices, we cannot have all the necessary expertise inhouse. The ACTPHAST programme can help us to get products quicker to market and we are sure that we have access and integration of the latest photonics technology into our product."

    Hans NicasyCEOPeira

Why come to ACTPHAST for innovation support

  • Top photonics experts

    We can give you access to a network of over 200 top photonics experts and the state-of-art technology platforms from leading European research institutes.

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  • Lower barriers to innovation

    We make life easier by matching you with the best experts to your specific needs, managing a lot of the paperwork for you, and subsidizing the project.

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  • Faster time-to-market

    We focus on innovation projects which can be completed quickly in 6-9 months and can result in accelerated readiness of strong new products for market launch.

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How it works in 8 simple steps

  • 1 - Registration of interest

    A company must make a formal initial request for support using the online registration form on the ACTPHAST website.

    2 - Central Contact Point

    All registrations of interest come through to the ACTPHAST Central Contact Point (CCP) and are assigned to one of our team members for rapid follow-up driven by the company's business need.

    3 - Technical Coordination Team

    Once qualified as a “potential” innovation project, the details of the request are passed to the ACTPHAST Technical Coordination Team (TCT) in order to identify and appoint the most suitable technical expert from the pool of up to 200 top photonics experts amongst the ACTPHAST Partners, who offers the best match with the requirements of the company.

    4 - Scouting Engagement

    Once a suitable expert is appointed to a project, the next step is for that person to arrange for an in-depth discussion with the company about the potential project under NDA and to jointly submit a scouting report.

  • 5 - Innovation Project Proposal

    If the scouting report provides a positive recommendation to proceed with a full project proposal, and this recommendation is accepted by the TCT, then a suitable person from the ACTPHAST Partners is selected and appointed to act as Project Leader to write the detailed proposal together with the company.

    6 - Evaluation Meeting

    The ACTPHAST TCT members meet once every two months to evaluate submitted Innovation Project Proposals and decide which proposals should be approved for support.

    7 - Contract

    Where an innovation project is approved for support, the next step is the process of preparing and signing the contract document between all of the relevant parties to the project.

    8 - Project Execution & Follow-Up

    Once the contract is signed, the project commences with a formal kick-off meeting between all of the parties and project team members. The CCP stays in continuous contact for post-project follow-up on impact from the innovation project on the company's business growth.

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