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$26 Million Investment in Light Blue Optics - Earlybird co-leads
Earlybird co-leads the largest Series 'A' funding round in European electronics sector for past 5 ye

Cambridge, UK, October 1, 2007-- Light Blue Optics (LBO), the industry-leading developer of holographic laser projection technology, today announced closing a US$26 million Series ‘A’ funding round, led by Earlybird Venture Capital and Capital-E. Existing investors 3i plc, who led LBO’s US$3.5 million seed-funding round, and NESTA also participated.

News of this Series ‘A’ funding round follows LBO’s release of engineering samples to key customers and strategic development partners from July 2007. The money will enable LBO to accelerate its product development and commercialisation programme towards the high-volume manufacture of miniature projection systems for deployment in a range of markets including automotive, digital signage and consumer electronics. The Company estimates that the total available market for miniature projection systems will exceed $5 billion by 2012.

Founded in 2004, LBO has developed an innovative holographic laser projection technology that allows full colour, high-quality video images to be projected onto flat or curved surfaces. LBO’s novel approach to projection delivers a unique combination of enabling features including an ultra-wide throw angle, in-built laser speckle reduction, infinite focus, low power consumption, no moving parts and a robust design that naturally lends itself to miniaturisation and low cost manufacture.

Earlybird Partner, Wolfgang Seibold said, “LBO has all the hallmarks of a great investment; an innovative technology with distinct competitive advantage in a range of high-volume markets, coupled with a strong IP portfolio and a talented team. The Company is an excellent fit for Earlybird’s latest investment fund and we are pleased to announce our participation in this important financing round.”

3i Director, Stephen Lowery added, “This $26 million investment is one of the most significant European Series ‘A’ investments in the last five years - testament to the remarkable progress LBO has made with its partners and customers over the past 12 months. Having supported the Company since its seed-round, we are delighted to demonstrate our continued support with this additional investment.'

Capital-E Partner, Rudi Severijns commented, “LBO impressed us with its unique holographic laser projection technology which we believe can take a significant share of a rapidly emerging market for miniature projection systems. LBO clearly has the potential to become industry leaders, and Capital-E is pleased to join the Company’s existing investors.”

Light Blue Optics' CEO, Dr Chris Harris said, “The closure of this US$26 million funding round will allow us to accelerate our product development and commercialisation programme towards the high-volume manufacture of miniature projection systems. LBO has world-beating technology, excellent customer traction across a wide range of markets, a strong investor syndicate and is ideally placed to become the world’s leading supplier of miniature projection systems.”

Notes to Editors
For further information, please contact:

Light Blue Optics:
Tamara Roukaerts
Marketing Manager
+44 (0)1223 428525

Light Blue Optics (
Light Blue Optics (LBO) is a dynamic, privately-owned company, developing miniature projection systems.
LBO’s patented holographic laser projection technology delivers full colour, high-quality video images that remain in focus at all distances. The technology’s efficiency, small form factor, robustness and cost advantages make it ideally suited for deployment in multiple markets including automotive, digital signage and consumer electronics.
LBO is funded by a group of investors including 3i plc., Earlybird Ventures and Capital-E.

3i plc (
3i is a world leader in private equity and venture capital. We focus on Buyouts, Growth Capital and Venture Capital and invest across Europe, in the United States and in Asia. Our<

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