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

Applications are now closed, with cohort III to be announced soon.

Please sign up to receive updates, and check back in June 2020 as we open applications for cohort IV.

Key Program Dates:


  • June – Application opens
  • September 23 – Application closes
  • October – Applications reviewed and 20 semi-finalists selected IN PROGRESS
  • November – Lightning Awards, where $1M will be invested in the 10 teams selected to join Cohort 3.


  • January – 10 teams begin accelerator program at Luminate incubation space
  • June – Awarding of $2 million in follow-on funding with possible additional investments from corporate and venture partners