Luminate Demo Day: The Latest in Optics and Photonics Development



Join us on Demo Day during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.


On June 28, 2018, at the 17th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, ten photonics startups will compete for $1 million dollars in seed money during the Luminate "Light Tomorrow With Today" demo day. Luminate is the only international startup accelerator focused solely on next-generation optics, photonics and imaging (OPI). Luminate is a program of Nextcorps, a non-profit high-tech incubator located in the historic Sibley building in downtown Rochester.

In November 2017, Luminate chose ten winners from a pool of twenty-six finalists to form the first cohort. Each startup received a $100,000 convertible note investment as well as a six-month residency at the research and development space within the Luminate facility. During the week of June 25 the companies will have the opportunity to pitch their technologies and business plans to a global collection of OPI pioneers and qualified investors; on June 28 they compete for $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.



      Demo Day with Luminate at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival


      Thursday, June 28, 2018

      11:00 AM to 1:30 PM


      The Big Tent - Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

      420 East Main Street

      Rochester, NY 14604


Launch Team is very proud to have been involved in developing structured curriculum to help the cohort develop actionable sales and marketing plans in preparation for product launch. With the support of Luminate, our team, and a wealth of startup experts, these companies have refined their unique value proposition and messaging. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event! There will be food available for purchase from a variety of vendors, and you’ll get to hear about some truly incredible innovations in the optics, photonics, and imaging industry.


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