Luminate Arrives at FiO
Via Optics & Photonics News
September 1, 2020
An optics and photonics startup accelerator will conduct its finals at the virtual FiO + LS conference. Two finalists weigh in.
For the first time, the optics and photonics startup accelerator Luminate NY has partnered with OSA Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS (FiO + LS) conference to give the accelerator’s 10 finalists a chance to share their innovations with an international optics audience.
Now on its third cohort, NextCorps Luminate NY offers US$100,000 to each finalist accepted into a six-month intensive program, in which the startups are provided with resources and coaching to flesh out their business plans. The companies then compete on “Demo Day” for additional funding. This year, due to COVID-19, the program was extended, and the final pitch event will take place virtually at the free-to-register FiO conference.
OPN caught up with two Luminate finalists, OSA Fellow Boon Ooi of SaNoor Technologies, USA, and Sanna Gaspard of Rubitection, USA, to learn more about their startups and their experience with Luminate.