Scope Photonics wins AC Jumpstart prize

Monday, August 31, 2020

Scope Photonics, the startup created by grads from the NE class of 2020, is back at it with another big win. This one includes $60,000 in seed capital from the AC Jumpstart program, which is funded by FedDev Ontario and delivered through the Accelerator Centre in partnership with University of Waterloo. 

Congratulations to Holden Beggs, Alisha Bhanji, Fernando Peña Cantú, Zhenle Cao and Ishan Mishra for this big step towards commercializing their innovative camera lens.  

AC JumpStart provides early stage technology startups with the seed capital, mentorship and market-readiness tools needed to build a business in today’s knowledge economy, including $60,000 in seed capital; $10,000 in mentorship from experts in finance, sales, marketing, human resources, technology, and product development; access to market research; and connections to prospective inventors.

Scope Photonics is developing a liquid crystal lens with electrically tunable focus that works in a series to achieve optical zoom without movement. The lenses can take the best photo possible by quickly adjusting their zoom without pixelation, correcting for optical aberrations and adapting to any condition. This technology offers many advantages to today’s smartphone cameras, which mimic true optical zoom through the use of multiple cameras. Scope Photonic’s approach reduces costs, improves scalability and, frankly, looks better.

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