Luminate Finals 2022

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Luminate Finals 2022

Watch tech startups from around the world pitch for $2 million in follow-on funding.

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Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center 123 East Main Street Rochester, NY 14604

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Ready for what's next in tech? Be there for Luminate Finals 2022.

The startups of the Luminate accelerator's fifth cohort are tackling global challenges in quantum, aerospace, security, and a range of other industries. Get a glimpse at innovations accelerating the future at Luminate's annual pitch competition.

  • Hear from Michal Lipson, renowned physicist and MacArthur Fellow for her contributions to silicon photonics.
  • Watch startups make the pitch for up to $2 million in follow-on funding from the Empire State Development's Finger Lakes Forward initiative.
  • Vote live for your favorite team to help them bring home the Audience Choice Award and $10,000.

Luminate Finals 2022 is a hybrid event open to the general public.

Click through to tickets to select in-person or virtual attendance. This year's event is sponsored by and held in conjunction with Optica's Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FiO LS). Proof of vaccination is required for all in-person attendees. Box lunches will be provided.


12:15-12:30: Check-in, select boxed lunch, take a seat

12:30-12:40: Welcome and introductions

12:40-1:35: Program (startup pitches)

1:35-1:50: Audience Choice Award voting, award announcements

1:50-2:00: Program concludes


Alertgy (Melbourne, FL)

Axion Technologies LLC (Jacksonville, FL)

Custom Surgical (Munich, Germany)

LIDROTEC (Bochum, Germany)

LightSpeed Photonics (Bangalore, India)

MEETOPTICS (Barcelona, Spain)

QD Solar Inc. (Toronto, Canada)

Quantopticon (Guilford, United Kingdom)

SCOUT (Alexandria, Virginia)

Stratio, Inc. - BeyonSense (San Jose, California)