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Accelerating the Commercialization of New Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Technologies

Sep 5, 2019
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Startups often can’t find the funding or the right resources to bring emerging technologies to market. This webinar will take an in-depth look at how the Luminate Accelerator is addressing these challenges through its integrated network that provides connections to investors, focused mentorship and education, and access to the global optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI) ecosystem to speed the commercialization of new technologies. Luminate is the world’s only accelerator focused on OPI-enabled applications.

If you’re an OPI startup — from early stage to Series A funding — or a scientist or engineer who has a technology that’s moving from lab to market, Luminate might be perfect for you.

Attendees will learn how:
  • Focused accelerators can bridge the technical, engineering, and support service gaps that often exist in moving emerging technologies into market, and in launching an OPI business.
  • Structured curriculum and a reciprocal peer learning environment can help transfer knowledge into action.
  • Cohort companies have used the accelerator model to scale their businesses.
  • To assess whether participation is right for your company.
Who should attend: 
Founders of startups with optics-, photonics-, and imaging-enabled applications; scientists or engineers who are interested in learning more about technology acceleration and programs that are available; product development teams that are looking at emerging technologies in biophotonics, virtual and augmented reality, transportation, security, machine vision, and other areas. 

Target criteria:
  • Company can be from anywhere in the world.
  • Company must be incorporated.
  • Must have an optics, photonics, and imaging-enabled technology or application.
  • Fewer than 10 employees.
  • Titles: founder, entrepreneur, CEO, chief technology officer.
  • Company founding date of 2012 to 2019.
About the presenters:

Sujatha Ramanujan, Ph.D., Managing Director, Luminate
Sujatha Ramanujan, Ph.D., Managing Director, Luminate
Ramanujan is a serial entrepreneur, having started and grown three startup businesses in cardiac surgical equipment, optical communications, and nanomaterials. As CTO and product line manager of Mammography CAD and pediatric businesses within Kodak and Carestream, her team developed and launched clinical equipment and clinical IT on every continent. Ramanujan has held scientific, technical leadership, and laboratory head positions in Chrysler Corp., GE, Kodak, Carestream, and Intrinsiq Materials. She holds 28 issued U.S. patents. She holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Felix Kim, Founder & CEO, Ovitz
Felix Kim, founder and CEO of, the Luminate 2019 winner of the $1 million top prize, on the stage at the awards event in Rochester, N.Y. Courtesy of Manon
Ovitz is the $1 million winner of the Luminate Accelerator. Ovitz has developed an individualized vision-enhancing contact lens innovation that significantly improves people’s vision quality: clarity, contrast, and depth perception.

Jason Babcock, Founder & CEO, Positive Science

Jason Babcock, CEO, Positive Science.
Positive Science is a winning Luminate company that provides next-generation eyetracking hardware and software. Positive Science is building nonconventional imaging devices from off-the-shelf components and working with microcontroller devices that attempt to link humans and computers in unique ways. Babcock has a master's degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) from New York University, an M.S. color science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and a B.S. degree in imaging and photographic technology from RIT.

Andrew Simon, operations director for Luminate, will also participate in this presentation.

About Luminate:
Luminate is the world’s only startup accelerator focused on OPI-enabled applications. The competitive cohort program provides startups with $100,000 in funding at acceptance, the chance to compete for up to $2 million in follow-on funding, mentorship, and access to the global OPI ecosystem.
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