Rochester businesses among finalists for Lightning Awards

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Luminate NY, has announced the finalists who are set to compete in the Lightning Awards in Rochester in November.

The selected finalists will pitch their startups to the final selection committee at the event. Following those presentations, 10 teams will be given a spot in the accelerator, awarded $100,000 each and will get the chance at over $1,000,000 of follow-on funding. 
  
The following companies have been named as finalists (in random order):
 
In the fields of Photonic Devices, Lasers, Materials and Display:
·         Arovia, Inc. ,                                      Houston, TX, US
·         Molecular Glasses, Inc.,                 Rochester, NY, US
·         MagAssemble, LLC,                        Columbia, SC, US
·         Dimensional Energy                       Rochester, NY, US
·         Mosaic Microsystems LLC              Rochester, NY, US
·         Lumotune                                          Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
·         Chromacity                                        Edinburgh, United Kingdom
·         POSPEA                                           Rochester, NY, US
·         SelfArray                                           Troy, NY, US
·         Sonioptix LLC                                   Amherst, NY, US
 
In the fields of Spectroscopy and Medical Devices:
·         Multicore Photonics                        Oviedo, Florida
·         Visikol Inc                                          North Brunswick, NJ
·         Misceo Grand Technology,Inc      San Jose,CA
·         Intelon Optics, Inc.                           Boston, MA
·         Accuret LLC                                      Rochester, NY
·         Persistence Data Mining, Inc.       Mount Aurburn,IL
·         Prevnos                                             Union, NJ
·         LighTopTech Corp.                          Rochester, NY
 
In Augmented and Virtual Reality, Sensors, Instrumentation, Image Recognition:
·         Bounce Imaging                              Boston, MA, USA
·         SphereVis LLC                                 Philadelphia, PA, US
·         Double Helix LLC                            Boulder, CO, USA
·         Think Biosolution                            Dublin, Ireland
·         Maverick Photonics, LLC               Rochester, NY, US
·         MotionSavvy                                     Rochester, NY, US
·         Positive Science                              Rochester, NY, US
·         Tarsier Optics, Inc.                           Baltimore, MD, US
·         Lumenora                                          San Francisco, CA, US
 
The Lightning Awards is a free event open to the public on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, and being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from 4:00-6:30pm.  The event showcases the 25 teams, as well as speakers such as Paul Singh, noted entrepreneur and investor, visiting Rochester as part of his North American Tech Tour.
 
Luminate NY, a program run by High Tech Rochester and funded by Empire State Development with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, is launching their first cohort of 10 companies in January 2018, at the newly renovated Sibley Building in downtown Rochester.  The 6-month program takes optics, photonics, and imaging startups and accelerates their commercialization.  At the end of the program, teams compete at Demo Day, vying for over $2,000,000 in follow-on funding.

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