Born at MIT, raised around the world

PlenOptika is a company that spun out from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Madrid–MIT M+Visión Consortium. The founders were research fellows in a biomedical technology innovation initiative who felt compelled to solve the problem of low vision suffered by more than 1 billion people worldwide. Our mission is to make eye care easy for anyone who needs it in the United States, and accessible to underserved and low-resource communities worldwide.

PlenOptika has been recognized by international social innovation foundations and business plan competitions. We have collaborated with research centers in the United States, Spain, and India to develop our groundbreaking technology, QuickSee.

Special thanks

Initial funding for the Quicksee technology was provided by the Ministry of Education of the Madrid Region, Spain, through the Madrid-MIT M+Visión Consortium, managed by the Madri+d Foundation and MIT.

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  • SOLIDWORKS license generously provided by the SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs program. Renderings created by Chris Mowatt of TriMech Solutions using SOLIDWORKS Visualize.

Awards and recognition

  • MIT $100k Entrepreneurship Competition, May 2012
    PlenOptika (then called ‘IoVista’) was selected as a Finalist for the competition and won the Segal Family Foundation Emerging Markets Track Prize.

  • Mass Challenge Entrepreneurial Accelerator, October 2012
    PlenOptika was selected as a Finalist (from among more than 1,000 companies), and won the Perkins School for the Blind Assistive Technology Prize.
  • MIT-MISTI India Technology Innovation Fund, December 2012
    We won a travel grant to support travel for the four founders of PlenOptika to travel to India for field and market research.

  • Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, February 2013
    PlenOptika’s pitch for QuickSee took 3rd place in the Pitch for a Change / Dell Social Innovation Challenge.
  • Harvard Innovation Lab, May 2013
    PlenOptika was a finalist in the Harvard President’s Challenge and won the runner-up prize of $10,000.
  • SPIE Startup Challenge
    PlenOptika’s pitch for the QuickSee won the 2nd place in the 2014 SPIE startup Challenge, winning $5000.

  • Hult prize
    PlenOptika reached the Hult Prize regional finals in Boston, bypassing thousands of online entries for inclusion.

  • Indo-US Science Technology Forum Endowment Fund
    PlenOptika and Aurolab have applied to the Indo-US Science Technology Forum Endowment fund in a partnership and are short-listed finalists.

  • Clearly Vision Prize
    Special recognition for detection solutions.

  • Essilor See Change Prize
    Special Grand Jury Prize

    2017 Finalist (in progress)

  • TiE Scaleup Accelerator
    Accepted to 2017 Fall Cohort.