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Discover technologies forging the future at Luminate Finals 2023!

Watch the startups of cohort 6 light up the stage at Luminate’s annual showcase and awards ceremony. Join us in the heart of Downtown Rochester at Innovation Square to:

  • See which teams are awarded $2 million in follow-on funding, with a grand prize of $1 million for Company of the Year!
  • Vote live for your favorite team to help them bring home this year’s Audience Choice Award and $10,000.
  • Network among entrepreneurs, startup supporters, and members of Rochester’s vibrant innovation ecosystem.

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT  |  In-Person / Virtual
Virtual program kicks off at 11:30 AM


Luminate Finals 2023

Thank you to Optica for sponsoring Luminate Finals for the fourth year in a row. Nearly 200 attended in person at the Theater at Innovation Square in Downtown Rochester, and almost 900 more livestreamed the event from 36 countries.

Luminate Finals 2023 marked the graduation of the startups in cohort 6 of the Luminate accelerator — companies that are revolutionizing machine vision, eyecare, display manufacturing, AR/VR, and other industries. Congratulations to all 12 of our participants!

Read the winners announcement here.

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Congratulations to Our Follow-On Funding Recipients

$1,000,000: Oculi
$400,000: Digiteyez
$200,000: Quantune Technologies
$200,000: NanoPattern Technologies
$200,000: Swave Photonics
$50,000: Photonect Interconnect Solutions
$10,000 (Audience Choice): QART Medical

Luminate Finals 2022

Luminate Finals 2022 marked the graduation of the startups in cohort 5 of the Luminate accelerator. Sponsored by Optica and hosted in conjunction with Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science in Rochester, nearly 300 attended in person at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center and hundreds more livestreamed the event from more than 30 countries.

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Follow-On Funding Recipients

$1,000,000: LIDROTEC
$500,000: Custom Surgical
$250,000: Alertgy
$125,000: MEETOPTICS
$125,000: SCOUT
$10,000 (Audience Choice): Custom Surgical

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.

Watch the Recording

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Follow-On Funding Recipients

$1,000,000: PreAct Technologies
$400,000: Andluca Technologies
$250,000: Mesodyne
$250,000: Dynocardia
$200,000: Owl Autonomous Imaging
$10,000 (Audience Choice): Layer Metrics

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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Follow-On Funding Recipients

$1,000,000: SunDensity
$400,000: Simulated Inanimate Models
$300,000: Rubitection
$250,000: Nordetect
$250,000: AkknaTek
$10,000 (Audience Choice): Kilo Medical Solutions