iUP25k competition: first prize awarded to Sphere Ultrafast Photonics UP25k: Ultrafast laser technology wins first prize The project Sphere Ultrafast Photonics, presented by Rosa Romero and Helder Crespo, researchers from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) was awarded the first prize, in the amount of 15 000 euros, of the 2013 edition of iUP25k - business ideas competition of the University of Porto. The presented technology for ultrafast laser applications enables improving advanced diagnostics in ophthalmology and process materials with high precision. Held last Friday at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, the finale of iUP25k showcased the top ten ideas from a total of about 70 projects in competition this year. In the end, the arguments from the duo of researchers of the University of Porto have stood out, from their patent pending idea to their intention to manufacture and market the simplest and more precise ultrafast laser control technology ever". The iUP25k is an initiative launched in 2010 by the University of Porto, through its Entrepreneurship Club (CEDUP) and the University of Porto Innovation Office (UPIN), with the main objectives of distinguishing entrepreneurial initiatives and promoting the emergence of business projects promoted by UPorto's community of students and alumnae. After four editions, iUP25k is already one of the most important higher education awards fostering entrepreneurship in the country.