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Ecosystem to accelerate integrated photonics solutions

The world faces new societal and technological challenges. Integrated photonics is a key enabling technology to create scalable solutions. By working together in a mission driven ecosystem we will succeed. We innovate, reduce time-to-market and create economy of scale.

The entire supply chain on integrated photonics works together

Our partners are technology leaders in integrated photonics modules, with a specialty in single and hybrid InP and SiN waveguide technologies.

Technological leadership alone is not enough. A fragmented approach by individual organizations to deal with the technological complexities to build an integrated photonics application will never be successful. Market driven, disruptive innovation occurs when companies can build upon knowledge and experience of a distinguished high-tech industry and leading research institutes. That’s why our universities and companies work together throughout the supply chain and, as a result, are frontrunners in integrated photonics applications and technologies. Customers benefit from this ecosystem in terms of innovation, reduced time-to-market and economies of scale. Our cooperation is dedicated towards the needs of customers that want to be innovation leaders in their markets.

PhotonDelta is a European network consisting of researchers, chip designers, foundries and software developers. Our goal is to develop a sustainable ecosystem that can have a significant impact on our customers, in future applications and in solving social and technological challenges. PhotonDelta provides the necessary access to a.o. networks, knowledge, business development and funding.

We provide our partners:

Access to;
- the ecosystem Community and European network
- the ecosystem Application labs
- the ecosystem cutting edge shared infrastructure: multi-project waver run, testing and assembly and packaging

We have high qualified knowledge institutes and we believe in disruptive innovation by means of knowledge sharing within the community.

Business Development;
We engage in early co-operations with leading players, scale-ups & start-ups across Datacom and Telecom, Medical devices and Life sciences, infrastructure and Transportation, Food and Agriculture markets to co-create and bring to market meaningful solutions.

Within our ecosystem we provide leveraged funding for business growth, business driven roadmaps and shared infra and have access to a funding network equipped for all growth stages.

If you are interested in joining our ecosystem as a partner, please contact us through our contactform on this website or meet us at the events we attend.


The pace of technological progress keeps on rapidly changing the world we live in delivering ever smarter solutions improving our lives. At the same time, this proliferation is now hitting the limits of what is possible with conventional technologies. 


Integrated Photonics leads to significant improvements in cost and/or power savings in existing applications and, in view of its miniaturization and more reliable control of light also makes many new applications possible.

Engage with us

Particularly if you are an equipment manufacturer, but also if you are a system integrator, a services provider or an end-user, interested in building new solutions and applications with integrated photonics, do not hesitate to engage with us.

Meet Ruud van Heur, Chairman of our Investmentcommittee

22nd of July 2019

Ruud van Heur is appointed by the Supervisory Board of PhotonDelta as the Chairman of our Investment committee and our Expertpanel. He is very motivated and excited to fulfil this job for PhotonDelta. But who is this business man and what are his intrinsic motives? In this interview we get to know him better by his career, his leitmotief and his view on the industry.

What is the most important lesson you learned as an entrepreneur in business about innovation?
"I learned that no individual, no industry can successfully achieve relevance on their own. You have to build bridges, to collaborate, to build together and invest in flexible networks. Sometimes not easy but necessary and rewarding."

Looking back at the European Photonics Venture Forum

28th of June 2019

Joachim de Sterke, CFO at PhotonDelta, was part of the expert jury of the European Photonics Venture Forum, which took place in the 26 – 27th of June in Munich. He was truly amazed by the magnitude and passion of all these (Integrated) Photonics start-ups. In parallel the same applied the funding parties. Joachim: "There is an evident growth in funding parties who are no longer “afraid” to invest in early stage Deep Tech / hardware, which not only important for these bright startups but for Europe in general. I believe, however at lot more is still needed to break down the Death Valley Curve, create more success stories and keep Europe in a competitive position."

Congrats to the six startups who were picked to move on towards the finals in November, in the end all attendees were winners!!


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