We’re Looking for Our Next Cohort

Advance your startup at the only accelerator for optics, photonics, and imaging technology. Apply to Luminate by January 10 for up to $100K initial investment and a chance to compete for up to $1M in follow-on funding.


To qualify for Luminate’s highly competitive, cohort-based program:

  • Your company must be incorporated
  • You must have proven your optics, photonics, or imaging enabled technology at least at the lab scale
  • You must have a team of at least two members working on the business full-time
  • You must have C-level team members able to locate in Rochester or participate virtually for 6 months

Watch Cohort 4 Compete at Luminate Finals 2021 

A great way to see if the accelerator is right for you is to experience Finals 2021, when the startups of cohort 4 will compete for $2 million in follow-on funding.

Luminate Finals 2021

Stay after the event (12:05 – 12:30p EDT) for a session with Andy Simon, Luminate’s Director of Operations, to learn about the application process and ask your questions.

Want More Details?

Download the Luminate accelerator fact sheet.