Startup Accelerator
for Optics, Photonics, and Imaging

Luminate is a six-month intensive accelerator program located in Rochester, NY, the imaging capital of the world.

In addition to program sponsors Sony, Thor Labs, IMAX, and many others, Luminate brings in outside experts, industry leaders, and our world-class advisory board to help scale your startup.

Luminate Accelerator overview video 2020

Why Apply to Luminate?

The world’s largest optics, photonics, and imaging accelerator accepts teams worldwide.
Our portfolio companies span the globe.

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Receive advice, coaching, and mentoring from industry leaders and the Luminate staff.

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investment upon acceptance with an additional
available to the best companies per cohort.

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Access to our extensive network of domain experts, corporate sponsors, and investors.

Meet the Advisory Board

Our board is actively involved with our portfolio companies.

Jenifer Bunis
Principal, Westlake Photonics
Dr. Milton Chang, PhD
Managing Partner, Incubic Management
Stu Elby, PhD
SVP, Advanced Engineering at Madison Square Garden Ventures
Stephen D. Fantone, PhD
Founder and President, Optikos Corporation
Don Golini
Founder, SANICA Ventures; Chairman of the Board, Luminate
Michael Jackman
Chief Operating Officer, Leidos Health Group
Jay Kumler
President, Jenoptik Optical Systems
Duncan Moore, PhD
Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship, University of Rochester
Dr. Ryne P. Raffaelle
VP for Research and Associate Provost, Rochester Institute of Technology
Darius Sankey, PhD
Managing Director, Innovation Acceleration Capital
James S. Senall
President, NextCorps
Linda Smith
ASA President, CERES Technology Advisors, Inc.

Having access to many resources at Luminate, including guidance on IP, marketing, and manufacturing, helped us to refine our thinking and apply best practices to our business. We know that the Luminate team is in our corner and that they truly care about our success.

Dimitri Chernyak, Chief Executive Officer, Intelon Optics

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The application period for cohort 4 is open now! Click here to learn more and apply.