How to start a start-up after ICFO
May 2nd, 2019 JON DONNER Co-Founder & CEO, Nanofabrica

Members of ICFO’s Alumni Network are encouraged to stay connected with the institute when the times comes for them to move on. The Alumni Seminar Series was conceived to offer a platform for Alumni to share their work with current ICFOnians and to answer questions about their career trajectories that may prove insightful for those contemplating their own “next steps”.

Dr. Jon Donner is a former PhD student from the research group led by ICREA Prof. at ICFO Romain Quidant. In 2014, he defended his thesis entitled “Thermo-Plasmonics: Controlling and Probing Temperature on the Nanometer Scale”. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Nanofabrica, his second start-up of cutting edge deep technology.


Nanofabrica brings the power of 3D printing to precision manufacturing. This means that 3D printing can be used in new markets where precision is needed such as electronics, semiconductors, optics. Our product, which was developed in direct interaction with customers, offeres a unique set of specifications: 1 micron resolution over a relatively huge build volume of 5X5X10 cm. In the past two years the startup has grown to 10 people including HW, SW, optics, chemistry as well as “maker” expertise. The first product has been ordered and will be shipped at the end of this year to our first (hopefully happy) customer.

In this talk I will try to give a transparent story of how right after ICFO I co-founded Nanofabrica. I’ll try to share the good, the bad, and any tips i might have leant on the way. Hopefully this might give you some thoughts on how innovation in cutting edge photonics can happen outside academia, with low budget but high hopes and aspirations.

ICFO Alumni Seminar, May 2, 2019, 15:00. ICFO’s Seminar Room