Sujatha Ramanujan, like many of the startups she shepherds through the Luminate program, knows first-hand what it means to move into high gear. Ramanujan had only a few months to help launch Luminate, the world’s largest business accelerator in optics, photonics and imaging.

“It was fast, really fast. … It was a hectic, hectic few months,” says Ramanujan, Luminate’s director. She joined the program in August 2017 and had to be ready to select its first cohort of businesses that November.

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