World’s largest startup accelerator for optics, photonics, and imaging enabled applications

What is Luminate?

Luminate is a startup accelerator focused on advancing next generation optics, photonics, and imaging enabled companies. We seek visionary entrepreneurs who are solving difficult problems in augmented and virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, machine vision, biophotonics, and other fields. Funded by New York State, and based in the optics and imaging capital of the world – Rochester, NY.

Get a Closer Look at Luminate:
Listen to the Photonics recorded webinar to hear from Luminate directors and previous cohort companies on what it’s like to participate in Luminate.

Who Should Apply?

•  Companies that have already proven their technologies at least at lab scale.
•  Companies must be incorporated, and have a team of at least two members committed full time.
•  C-level team members able to locate in Rochester for the 6 months to take full advantage of the programs benefits.

Applications are now closed. Please check back in June 2020 as we open applications for cohort IV.

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.

$1M Investment from Luminate

Leslie Kimerling

CEO, DoubleHelix

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

$500K Investment from Luminate

Niaz Karim

CEO, Intelon Optics

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

$250K Investment from Luminate

Jason Babcock

CEO, Positive Science

Questions? Check out our FAQ or contact us.