Edmund Optics® (EO), the premier provider of optical components, announces the official launch of startUP - an integrated, customizable program that provides optics and photonics startups with assistance during all stages of their development. startUP members benefit from a wide range of services including engineering expertise, discounted pricing, and marketing support.
“For years Edmund Optics has worked closely with young companies, often in life sciences, and now because of the dramatic growth in startups and incubators, we see the need to develop an official program to help these companies grow their businesses – on their own terms and at their own pace,” says Andrew Lynch, Senior Manager of Inside Sales. “Whether they’re just starting to build a prototype, want a small manufacturing run, or are ramping up to full production, startUP provides engineering, technical and purchasing solutions tailored to each unique situation.”
startUP provides companies with access to EO’s multidisciplinary engineering team. Program members can collaborate with more than 250 optical, mechanical, design, and manufacturing engineers to supplement their in-house resources. In addition, 24 hour technical support is available via phone, email and online chat.
startUP members benefit from instant discounts on all Edmund Optics products, on every order. Once companies move beyond the prototyping phase, they continue to receive volume pricing with typical discounts of 10-20%. EO’s Modify Stock Optics service is an ideal option, especially during the proof-of-concept or prototyping phase, for startups looking for affordable, custom, small volume manufacturing of optical components with a 2-3 week lead time. When startups are ready to ramp to full scale production, we can seamlessly grow with them by utilizing EO’s global manufacturing facilities.
Since many new companies begin at the university or incubator level, startUP is an extension of EO’s successful Educational Award program, which promotes innovative research in optics and photonics. Kirsten Bjork-Jones, Director of Global Marketing Communications, comments, “With nearly 75 years of direct marketing experience, Edmund Optics knows what young companies must do to get their technology in front of the right audience and drive demand - we can help get startups noticed.”
Edmund Optics is now accepting applications for startUP. To learn more or to apply, visit www.edmundoptics.com/startUP.