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September 2021

Luminate Finals 2021

September 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Luminate Finals 2021

Optica (formerly OSA) presents Luminate Finals 2021. Watch as 10 startups from around the world introduce emerging optics-, photonics-, and imaging-enabled technologies destined to bring new capabilities to a wide range of industries. See them make the pitch for up to $2 million in follow-on funding from the Empire State Development's Finger Lakes Forward initiative. Hear a lively panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship with distinguished women in science and investment. Vote for your favorite startup to help them bring home the Audience…

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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. The event marked the graduation of the ten startups in Luminate’s third cohort — startups changing the way we address healthcare diagnosis and training, water and soil monitoring, wireless communication, energy efficiency, and more.

Watch the Finals

10:16 – First 5 Pitches (AkknaTek, ExPrimary, Haqean, Kilo Medical Solutions, Nordetect)
32:09 – Panel Discussion: Investing Early in Innovative Future Businesses
59:24 – Last 5 Pitches (Rubitection, SaNoor, Simulated Inanimate Models, SunDensity, Think Outside)
1:23:00 – Awards Announced
1:26:19 – Post-Event Breakout: Applying to the Luminate Accelerator

Congratulations to Our Winners!

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