MT Photonics Industry Alliance - Prospera

The MPIA functions as a hub for Montana’s optics and photonics companies, entrepreneurs, laboratories, and universities to commercialize, grow, and sustain globally leading organizations that create high-quality jobs and economic opportunities in Montana.

Photonics companies use light, lasers, and optics technologies for their products and services. An emerging area of photonics is quantum materials and quantum computing. The MPIA was founded in 2013 after recognizing that Bozeman, Montana, was fast emerging as an epicenter for new technology companies. Montana State University’s Optical Technology Center (OpTeC) produced students who both started new photonics companies and served as a workforce pipeline.