Governor Cuomo Announces Round II Winners of Luminate NY Accelerator Competition in Rochester

Rochester-based Company Ovitz Wins $1 Million Top Prize

June 27, 2019

Three Additional Visionary Optics, Photonics, and Imaging Companies Secure Follow-on Funding Investment 

New York State Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - the Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Ovitz is the winner of Round II of the groundbreaking Luminate NY competition. The Rochester, New York-based company received top honors at Luminate NY's "Light Tomorrow with Today" Demo Day competition, held in the main tent at the CGI International Jazz Festival in downtown Rochester. The company will receive $1 million in follow-on funding from New York State through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative. As required by the award, all winners of the competition will commit to establishing operations in Rochester for at least the next 18 months.

"Strategic investments in OPI-enabled technologies continue to bolster the Finger Lakes region's reputation as the imaging capital of the world," Governor Cuomo said. "The innovations and commitments demonstrated through the Luminate NY competition further prove the vast potential of this industry and its ability to move the regional economy forward for years to come."

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was on hand to celebrate the cohort's accomplishments and to congratulate the winners.

Read the complete press release here.