Get a glimpse at innovations accelerating the future at Luminate Finals 2022!

Startups from around the world will introduce their technologies and pitch for up to $2 million in follow-on funding. Vote for your favorite startup to help them take home the Audience Choice Award and $10,000 cash.


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October 2022

Luminate Finals 2022

October 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604 United States
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Luminate Finals 2022

Ready for what's next in tech? Be there for Luminate Finals 2022. The startups of the Luminate accelerator's fifth cohort are tackling global challenges in quantum, aerospace, security, and a range of other industries. Get a glimpse at innovations accelerating the future at Luminate's annual pitch competition. Hear from Michal Lipson, renowned physicist and MacArthur Fellow for her contributions to silicon photonics. Watch startups make the pitch for up to $2 million in follow-on funding from the Empire State Development's Finger Lakes…

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Luminate Finals 2021

Luminate Finals 2021 was streamed internationally on Thursday, September 30. Presented by Optica (formerly The Optical Society / OSA), the event marked the graduation of the ten startups in cohort 4 of the Luminate accelerator — companies that are revolutionizing vehicle safety, advanced manufacturing, the energy efficiency of buildings, and other industries.

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Congratulations to Our Follow-On Funding Recipients

$1,000,000: PreAct Technologies
with sensors and software that make it possible to angle car seats away, deploy airbags earlier, and raise the car suspension before the impact of a crash occurs to save lives

$400,000: Andluca Technologies
creators of UV-solar-powered smart glass for improving the energy efficiency of buildings

$250,000: Mesodyne
inventors of ultra-high energy-density compact power generators that increase the endurance of small autonomous systems by 10x over batteries alone

$250,000: Dynocardia
developers of the first non-invasive blood pressure (NIBP) method that measures BP continuously and with accuracy compared to the gold standard

$200,000: Owl Autonomous Imaging
makers of the world’s only 3D Thermal Ranger™, providing HD imaging and precision ranging that is a 150x improvement in resolution and cloud density of LiDAR

$10,000 (Audience Choice): Layer Metrics
with an integrated metrology system that enables intelligent 3D printing

Luminate Finals 2020

Luminate Finals 2020 was streamed internationally on Monday, September 14 as part of The Optical Society‘s all-virtual Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FiO+LS) APS/DLS conference.

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Congratulations to Our Follow-On Funding Recipients

$1,000,000: SunDensity, enhancing the energy output of solar panels
$400,000: Simulated Inanimate Models, providing instructor-less surgical training
$300,000: Rubitection, saving lives with early bedsore detection
$250,000: Nordetect, reducing soil testing time for faster fertilizer optimization
$250,000: AkknaTek, eliminating postoperative surprises following cataract surgery
$10,000 (Audience Choice): Kilo Medical Solutions, improving NICU light conditions


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