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Innovation School Speakers


Your 2019 Team of Experts

Eric Koester, Facilitator: The Innovation School will be facilitated by Eric Koester, serial entrepreneur and “entrepreneur-in-residence” at Georgetown University, USA. Eric will lead attendees through a series of lectures focused on the lean canvas business model, key tools for innovation exploration, customer discovery, experimentation with minimum viable products (MVP’s) and prototypes, and applying the methodologies of innovation as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur.

Mentors: Throughout the program, you will have access to mentors serving as guides as you explore an innovation/product, validate the concept with potential customers, develop and refine a pitch and begin thinking about next steps in terms of actual market value/impact.

  • Esteban Carbajal, Zemax, USA
  • Laura Mitchell, Communications Strategist, USA
  • Matheus Vargas, Auckland University, New Zealand
  • Stefaan Vandendriessche, Edmund Optics, USA

Keynote Presentation and Guest Mentors: Top industry leaders will support the program by offering lectures on their experiences as innovators and entrepreneurs. Additionally, they will be on-hand to help hone concepts, validate assumptions, question conclusions and guide you toward a successful pitch.

  • Ceri Brenner, Head of Industry Partnerships and Innovation, Central Laser Facility, UK Research and Innovation
  • Joseph Dallas, President, Avo Photonics, USA 
  • Sundip Doshi, Chairman & CEO, AerNos, Inc., USA
  • Stephen Fantone,  Founder & President, Optikos Corporation, USA
  • Sujatha Ramanujan, Managing Director, Luminate, USA
  • Cather Simpson,  Founder, The Photon Factory, New Zealand
  • Linda Smith, President, Ceres Technology Advisors, USA

Pitch Panel Judges: A panel of industry experts, innovation leaders and investors will evaluate each presentation and determine the best innovation pitch.

  • John Dexhiemer,  President, LightWave Advisors Inc., USA
  • Elizabeth Rogan, CEO, The Optical Society, USA
  • Linda Smith, President, Ceres Technology Advisors, USA