Applications Now Open!

We’re looking for our next cohort. If you’re working to solve industry challenges with technology that uses optics, photonics, or imaging, Luminate can help you improve your investability and scale.

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Invested Each Year


to Company of the Year

6 Months

of Programming


As a member of Luminate, you get:

  • $100,000 at program start, and a chance to receive $1 million in follow-on funding at the end of the six-month program
  • Opportunities to pitch to 30+ investors, including Samsung, Sony, Corning, J&J, and Launchpad Ventures Boston
  • Mentorship from our world-class advisory board
  • Access to PitchBook, Zemax OpticStudio, MATLAB, and SiliconExpert
  • Access to the New York Photonics cluster and its 150+ OPI companies
  • Connections to skilled talent, optical assembly and manufacturing facilities, state and federal research facilities, and other resources to grow your business
  • Weekly instruction on business topics from sales and marketing to IP protection and finance

The Luminate program, team, and the region surpassed my expectations. I learned so much about the beautiful Finger Lakes region and the relevant ecosystem that exists here. Had I known that earlier on, it would have been my company’s home from day one.

Charbel Rizk, PhD, CEO, Oculi,
2023 Company of the Year, $1M Investment Recipient


To qualify for Luminate’s 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 travel to Rochester to participate in the hybrid-remote* program for 6 months.

*Cohort members are expected to participate in-person for one week per month for meetings in Rochester, NY and/or investor pitches. (Prior cohorts have pitched in NYC, Boston, San Francisco, etc.)

Applications close January 10, 2025.

Want More Details?

Check out an info session recording to learn more about the accelerator and what it’s like to participate.