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Accelerate Your Startup at Luminate

Luminate is an accelerator and investment fund that awards $3 million annually to 10 companies from around the world that are developing emerging solutions in almost every industry.


    $100,000 investment upon acceptance with an additional $2 million available to the best companies per cohort



    Access to our extensive network of domain experts, corporate sponsors, and investors



    Advice, coaching, and mentoring from industry leaders and the Luminate staff

Having access to many resources at Luminate, including guidance on IP, marketing, and manufacturing, helped us to refine our thinking and apply best practices to our business. We know that the Luminate team is in our corner and that they truly care about our success.

Dimitri Chernyak, CEO, Intelon Optics

The Startups in Our Portfolio are Solving Problems in:

  • Augmented & virtual reality
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Biophotonics
  • Camera technologies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Defense
  • Display technologies
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Image processing
  • Internet of Things
  • Life sciences
  • Machine vision
  • Quantum computing

Meet the Advisory Board

Our board is actively involved with our portfolio companies.

Thomas Brown, PhD
Director, Institute of Optics
Jenifer Bunis
Principal, Westlake Photonics
Milton Chang, PhD
Managing Partner, Incubic Management
Stu Elby, PhD
SVP, Advanced Engineering at Madison Square Garden Ventures
Stephen D. Fantone, PhD
Founder and President, Optikos Corporation
Don Golini
Founder, SANICA Ventures; Chairman of the Board, Luminate
Michael Jackman
Chief Operating Officer, Leidos Health Group
Jay Kumler
President, Jenoptik Optical Systems
Duncan Moore, PhD
Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship, UofR
Paul Pickering
Managing Partner, Silicon Catalyst
Ryne P. Raffaelle, PhD
VP for Research and Associate Provost, RIT
Darius Sankey, PhD
Managing Director, Innovation Acceleration Capital
James S. Senall
President, NextCorps
Linda Smith
ASA President, CERES Technology Advisors, Inc.
Marc Tricard
VP & GM, Optical Solutions Business, MKS Instruments
Ed White
NYS Photonics Board Governor Appointee

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