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.

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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


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July 2017

Applications Open

July 15, 2017

Luminate begins accepting applications for its first cohort, which will run from January-June 2018.

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August 2017

SPIE Optics + Photonics 2017

August 8, 2017 - August 10, 2017
San Diego Convention Center San Diego, CA United States + Google Map

Luminate will be at the trade show at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2017, the meeting where the latest research in optical engineering and applications, nanotechnology, sustainable energy, organic photonics, and astronomical instrumentation is presented. Stop by to learn more about our new accelerator program, based in Rochester, NY!

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September 2017

Light & Sound Interactive

September 12, 2017 - September 14, 2017
Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604 United States
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Light and Sound Interactive is a unique conference and expo focused on light and sound-based technologies and their applications in emerging fields such as virtual and augmented reality, games, cinema, and music. The conference is interactive, featuring talks by leading experts, panel sessions, workshops, and product demonstrations.

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Applications Close

September 15, 2017

Applications to the Luminate accelerator close.

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OSA Frontiers in Optics

September 19, 2017 - September 20, 2017
Washington Hilton Washington, DC United States + Google Map

Frontiers in Optics, the OSA Annual Meeting, encompasses the breadth of optical science and engineering and provides an atmosphere that fosters the exchange of information between those working on fundamental research and those looking for solutions to engineering problems. We will be at the trade show sharing information about our accelerator program. Stop by to learn more!

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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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