FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MORE THAN 500 SET TO ATTEND LUMINATE DEMO DAY JUNE 27th
“Light Tomorrow with Today” Showcases 10 Finalists Pitching Their Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Startups

ROCHESTER, NY—June 12, 2019 – Luminate’s Light Tomorrow With Today event will showcase 10 finalists pitching their optics, photonics, and imaging startups. One team will be awarded $1 million in follow-on funding, with an additional $1 million available to be awarded to other finalist companies. Last year more than 500 attended the free event. Funding for the $25 million, five-year Luminate NY program is being provided through Empire State Development and the transformative Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

WHAT:
Luminate NY is the world’s largest business accelerator for startup companies in the optics, photonics and imaging (OPI) industries. Located in the NextCorps incubator at Sibley Square, the accelerator selects ten promising companies each year and provides comprehensive training and resources to advance their technologies and businesses. At the event, the 10 companies will demonstrate their technologies on stage and compete for a total of $2 million in follow-on funding. If companies receive additional investment, they are required to commit to 18 months in New York. More information can be found at luminate.org.

WHO:
The event will be attended by entrepreneurs, researchers, academia, investors, students, businesses and the general public who are interested in the latest optics, photonics and imaging enabled applications, and in what the state is doing to grow the economy and job opportunities in the Finger Lakes region.

Participants at the event include:

  • New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (confirmed)
  • Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren (confirmed)
  • Empire State Development CEO, President and Commissioner (confirmed)
  • NYS Senator Joseph Robach (confirmed)
  • NYS Assembly Joe Morelle (invited)

 

WHEN:
June 27, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Agenda
11:00-11:45: Technology previews and food tasting
11:45-12:00: Welcome Remarks
12:00-1:00: Competition: Each startup provides a 5-minute business and technology pitch
1:00-1:20:  Audience voting and judging
1:20-1:30:  Awards

WHERE:
In the Big Tent of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, 420 East Main Street, Rochester, NY

REGISTER:
The event is free, but registration is required in advance to reserve a seat: Light Tomorrow With Today.

For more information on Luminate, go to luminate.org.

 

Media Contact:
Shannon Wojcik
585-831-6267
shannon@rkgcomms.com