ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NextCorps today issued a reminder that the deadline is just days away to apply for Cohort 5 of Luminate NY—the world’s largest business accelerator and investment fund for early-stage companies working on solutions that are enabled by optics, photonics, or imaging (OPI). Application submission, which has been extended by one week, is due by 11:59 PM EST on January 17, 2022. This year, participation in the Rochester, NY based accelerator will be mostly remote, with select weeks in person for pitches to investor groups.

Any startup, regardless of its location or industry, is encouraged to apply if it is developing a new application that leverages some aspect of OPI, such as a cell phone camera for photos and video, machine or computer vision, light, or sensors that can help detect characteristics like location, motion, damage, and facial recognition. Companies accepted into Luminate’s portfolio in the past have been from diverse industries, including autonomous vehicles, augmented reality/virtual reality, climate tech, communications, defense, entertainment, medical device, quantum computing, security, and more.

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