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From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Heli Valtna

24 February 2022, 17:00 - 18:00 - Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna (UTC + 01:00)

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry but also when setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. Register for the 24 February session to hear from Heli Valtna from LightCode Photonics.

This series is a joint initiative of Optica and the EPS Young Minds Program. Its objective is to foster innovation & entrepreneurship amongst young physicists and provide insights into the European start-up culture.

Meet the speaker, Heli Valtna: 

Heli Valtna, PhD, is a co-founder and the CEO of deep tech startup LightCode Photonics. Valtna holds a PhD in Physics, specializing on wave optics, from the University of Tartu, Estonia, and completed postdoctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany. In 2017 she was awarded with the Young Scientist Award by the Cultural Foundation of the President of Estonia and she is a member of The Estonian Young Academy of Sciences.

LightCode changes the way a robot looks at you by delivering the world's first Software Defined 3D Camera for the service robots to automate mobility-related tasks on ground, at sea, in air, and in space. LightCode uses an innovative approach for acquiring 3D images based on decades of research in optics and light detection. They package LiDAR performance into an economical and compact 3D camera. This is a breakthrough technology for mobility.