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From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Piotr Węgrzyn

15 March 2022 16:00 - 17:00

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 15 March session to hear from Piotr Węgrzyn from Candela Foundation.

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, ​Piotr Węgrzyn: 

Piotr Węgrzyn is a co-founder and CEO of Candela Foundation. He is also a PhD student at the University of Warsaw and International Centre for Translational Eye Research, Poland, developing new techniques of eye imaging combing tunable lasers, ultrafast cameras, and various light modulation techniques. Previously, Piotr has completed his Master in Photonics at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech), Spain, based on a thesis project prepared under the supervision of Turgut Durduran (ICFO). 

In 2021, he created a spin-off, Candela Foundation, with colleagues from the University of Warsaw. The foundation aims to support young people who develop optics and photonics in Poland by providing community-driven programs and services, allowing the community to grow.

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