HAVE A VISIONARY IDEA?Work with the World’s Best to Bring it to Market.

HAVE A VISIONARY IDEA?

Work with the World’s Best to Bring it to Market.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Luminate is the world’s largest business accelerator for optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI) startups.

We’re bringing entrepreneurs from around the world together with OPI pioneers and qualified investors to speed innovation and time to market. We’re also helping early-stage startups gain clear competitive advantages.

IMMEDIATE FUNDING$100,000 at program acceptance and the ability to compete for $2 million in follow-on funding
IMMEDIATE FUNDING
$100,000 at program acceptance and the ability to compete for $2 million in follow-on funding
INTRODUCTIONS TO INVESTORS
INTRODUCTIONS TO INVESTORS

ACCESSto the global OPI network of experts, suppliers, and manufacturers
ACCESS
to the global OPI network of experts, suppliers, and manufacturers
MENTORSHIPthat’s matched to business needs
MENTORSHIP
that’s matched to business needs
WORKSHOPSwith an OPI focus to help scale your business
WORKSHOPS
with an OPI focus to help scale your business
LAB FACILITIESand space to collaborate in Rochester, NY, the optics and imaging capital of the world
LAB FACILITIES
and space to collaborate in Rochester, NY, the optics and imaging capital of the world
Check Presentation

Since joining Luminate, we have raised over $5M in new funding. The program has been instrumental in our growth.

Dimitri Chernyak, CEO, Intelon Optics
Cohort I $500K winner

Leslie Kimerling

Three-month programs aren’t sufficient. Luminate gave us more time, along with the business tools and 1:1 coaching to bring all the pieces together.

Leslie Kimerling, CEO, Double Helix
Cohort I $1M winner

Man

Luminate allowed me to do something more for my business that I couldn’t do myself.

Jason Babcock, CEO, Positive Science
Cohort I $250K winner

WHY ROCHESTER

Tap Into the Optics and Imaging Capital of the World

The Rochester and Finger Lakes region offers a high concentration of OPI resources ideal for launching a business. We’re home to:

  • The most OPI patents in the nation (#1 per capita, with 95% of OPI patent holders still in Rochester)
  • 150+ growing OPI companies, generating $3B in annual sales and employing 17,000
  • University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics (which produces 60% of the Optics PhDs in the nation)
  • The nation’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics
  • The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (one of two schools in U.S. to offer this)
  • The most robust, highly integrated optics, photonics, and imaging supply chain in the nation

But it’s not all science here. Our space is smack dab in the heart of Rochester’s downtown area where some of the best entertainment, festivals, and food truck rodeos take place. It’s also close to Finger Lakes country, full of parks, breweries, vineyards, and sightseeing opportunities.

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PROGRAM PARTNERS

Be in Good Company

Luminate is a $25 million program funded by Empire State Development’s Finger Lakes Forward Initiative. The program is administered by NextCorps, and supported by a host of participating partners.

ESD-FLXFW
nextcorps
photonics
UofR
RIT
Cornell
MCC-min
AIMPhotonics
GRE
Chamber
MonroeCounty
Issa
spie
ieee
sony
thorLabs
IMaxx

STAFF

Meet the Team

We’re committed to redefining what’s possible in accelerator programs, and in a wide range of markets.

Dr. Sujatha Ramanujan, PhD
Managing Director
Andrew Simon
Operations Director
Damon Diehl, PhD
Technology Program Manager
Holly Barrett
Marketing Director
Gary Nothhard
Optical Metrology Technician
Kate Leonard
Digital Marketing Manager

Frequently Asked questions