ACCELERATE YOUR TECHNOLOGYat the World’s Only OPI Accelerator

ACCELERATE YOUR TECHNOLOGY

at the World’s Only OPI Accelerator

EDUCATION

Get Ample Training to Fast Forward Success

Luminate selects 10 promising companies to join its accelerator each year. This is the starting point into a comprehensive world of support. Here is just a glimpse into what our pool of subject matter experts provides:

  • DfX: Design for Excellence
  • Customer Discover
  • Business Modeling
  • Valuation
  • IP Mapping
  • Patent Law
  • Employment Law
  • International Tax Law
  • NYS Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Exports
  • Lead Generation
  • Scalable Marketing
  • Digital and Social Media Advertising
  • Grant Writing
  • Selling to Government
  • Solution Selling
  • Mindfulness

INVESTORS

Increase Opportunities for Funding

Unlike other accelerator programs, Luminate provides its cohorts with multiple opportunities to meet investors — from local fast-pitch events with angel investors, VCs, and leading OPI brands, to regional competitions and Demo Day events. These experiences help startups perfect their pitch to secure funding. Don’t forget: Our startups also compete for up to $2 million in follow-on funding at graduation.

Cohort II Lightning Rounds for $100K

Cohort I Lightening Rounds

Cohort III Lightning Rounds for $100K

Cohort II Lightening Rounds

Cohort I Demo Day for $2M

Cohort I Demo Day

Panel Discussion: Funding Opportunities

Cohort II Demo Day

1:1 MENTORING

Work Alongside Experienced Advisors

Luminate mentors are renowned in the optics, photonics, and imaging community for their expertise and accomplishments. They’re also known for looking at things from different perspectives to quickly spot potential opportunities or flaws in planning and execution. This support keeps startups moving on the path to commercialization.

We conduct an assessment to match mentors to specific startup needs.
We conduct an assessment to match mentors to specific startup needs.
Mentors connect companies with resources across the global OPI network to speed progress.
Mentors connect companies with resources across the global OPI network to speed progress.
Startups meet weekly or biweekly with mentors to resolve challenges.
Startups meet weekly or biweekly with mentors to resolve challenges.
There’s a difference between support and expertise. We’re getting both at Luminate. We didn’t expect that.
Yasaman Soudagar, CEO, Neurescence
Cohort II
With the Luminate support, VPG Medical closed its seed round fully subscribed, and started its series A round in less than 6 months, enabling the company to grow significantly.
Jean-Philippe Couderc, Founder & CEO, VPG Medical
Cohort II $500,000 winner
The investment, space to work, and connection to mentors and people in the community has been important. It’s allowed us to grow and develop our business to the place it is today.
Ian Gauger, Corporate Operations Manager, Circle Optics
Cohort II $260,000 winner
Lab
VPG Medical-kkt
Luminate Award Winner

LABS

Innovate Onsite in Staffed Labs

Luminate is located in NextCorps’ Sibley Square technology incubator. This facility includes a fully featured R&D optics lab, an electronics lab, a fabrication lab with 3D printers, and four wet labs. Our optical metrology technician is highly skilled (he’s the co-inventor of nine patents!) and ready to help teams further develop their technologies.

OPTICS R&D LAB

  • Three optical tables (one with active vibration isolation)
  • Microview video measuring microscope with X & Y digital readouts
  • EFD 1500XL fluid dispenser
  • B&L stereozoom microscope
  • Zygo 4″ GPI phase shift interferometer and accessories
  • Muller Wedel autocollimator
  • Ocean Optics QEPro CCD cooled spectrometer (350-1100nm)
  • IS Polar – polarization analyzer

ELECTRONICS LAB

  • Lambda LP-530 power supply
  • Textronix 2465 scope
  • Textronix AFG310 function generator
  • Rigol DP832 programmable power supply
  • Rigol MSO2202A-S 200MHz, 2 analog Ch Oscilloscope plus signal source
  • Fluke 88V automotive multimeter
  • Aoyue 968A+ soldering and hot air rework station
  • Hakko FM206 soldering and hot air rework station
  • 2 Aoyue 328 PCB holder/working platforms
  • Reflowster reflow oven controller and toaster oven
  • Aoyue AO486 solder fume extractor
Lab 1
Lab 2
Lab 3

COLLABORATORS

Gain Access to a Vast Partner Network

Luminate collaborates with national and regional organizations to ensure startups have access to experts and resources when they need them.

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