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 2017

SPIE Optifab

October 17, 2017 - October 19, 2017
Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604 United States
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Luminate will be at the trade show at Optifab, organized jointly by SPIE and APOMA, the largest optical manufacturing conference and exhibition held in North America. This is the premier event to meet with top companies and to learn about the latest optical fabrication technologies. Visit us to learn more about our accelerator program!

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January 2018

Luminate Kicks Off

January 1, 2018

Our first cohort of the Luminate accelerator kicks off on January 1, 2018.

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June 2018

Light Tomorrow with Today

June 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Big Tent at Jazz Fest, 420 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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On June 28th, 2018, the inaugural cohort of Luminate will participate in an exciting Demo Day event in the Big Tent of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival! All 10 finalist companies will be pitching their optics, photonics, and imaging startups, and one team will be awarded $1 million in follow-on funding from the Empire State Development's Finger Lakes Forward initiative. An additional $1 million is also available to be awarded to other finalist companies. We hope you'll join us…

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Luminate Cohort 1 Concludes

June 30, 2018

The first cohort of Luminate will conclude on June 30, 2018.

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September 2020

2020 Luminate NY Finals

September 14, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Save The Date The 2020 Luminate NY Finals will be held virtually in conjunction with OSA Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS Conference on Monday Sept. 14 from 10:30 AM to Noon. Watch 10 companies from around the world as they showcase the latest innovations and compete for up to $2 million in follow-on funding. And, hear what types of investments are being made today and how they will help shape what’s to come for those working in OPI during…

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September 2021

Luminate Finals 2021

September 30, 2021 @ 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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November 2021

[INFO SESSION] Accelerate Your Startup at Luminate

November 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Accelerate Your Startup at Luminate

Luminate has everything you need to launch and scale your business. Seed funding. World-class advisors. Structured curriculum and industry connections. Luminate offers comprehensive support to move your optics, photonics, or imaging-enabled technology into market faster. If you’re a startup from early-stage to Series A funding with an OPI-enabled application, Luminate can help strengthen your business case and speed your technology commercialization. Applications are open for Luminate’s fifth cohort. Now is a great time to learn how: Luminate has helped 40+…

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December 2021

[INFO SESSION] How Luminate Advanced My Startup: A Panel with Accelerator Graduates

December 8, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
How Luminate Advanced My Startup

Luminate is looking for its next cohort. Why should your startup apply? Applications are now open for cohort 5 of the Luminate accelerator. Startups that are accepted will receive an initial investment of up to $100,000 and begin a six-month program that culminates in a chance to compete for up to $2 million in follow-on funding. This webinar will provide a close look at Luminate and the advantages of participating — from funding to experienced industry mentoring, structured curriculum, and…

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January 2022

[INFO SESSION] Applying to Luminate: Tips from the Director of Operations

January 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Applying to Luminate

Thinking about applying to Luminate? Luminate is looking for its fifth cohort of startups developing optics-, photonics-, or imaging-enabled technology. Not sure if you’re a fit? Questions about the process? Register for this webinar with Luminate Director of Operations, Andy Simon, who will: Give a brief overview of the accelerator program and why to apply. Walk through the application process in the F6s platform. Address FAQs and answer your questions live. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

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March 2022

Emerging Technologies Changing Ophthalmology Access and Point of Care

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
March 2022 Ophthalmology Webinar

Rising cases of ocular disorders are expected to boost the growth of the global ophthalmology diagnostics and surgical devices market. Supporting this growing demand will be new innovations that help practitioners gain immediate results to enhance the accuracy of the diagnosis and the selection of treatment. This webinar — for those interested in visual optics, ophthalmology, and biomedical devices — introduces five technologies that are using optics, photonics, or imaging to redefine how patients are served along the point-of-care continuum,…

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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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