OIDA Member Sponsored Webinar

OIDA Member Sponsored Webinar

21 August 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sponsored by: Luminate | Presented by: OIDA

How Luminate Can Help Entrepreneurs Accelerate Optics-, Photonics-, and Imaging-Enabled Applications

21 August 2019 | 13:00 - 14:00 EDT

This webinar is a two part series - click to view more information about the second webinar.


Solving problems in BioPhotonics, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Autonomous Vehicles, Machine Vision, and other fields requires unique skills. So does successfully launching a business. Luminate helps you do both. As the only international startup accelerator focused solely on next generation optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI), Luminate is bringing visionary entrepreneurs from around the globe together with OPI pioneers and qualified investors to speed innovation and time to market. This support includes $100,000 upon program acceptance, and a chance to win $1 million in follow-on funding.

If you are an entrepreneur with an OPI startup—that’s at the early-stage to Series A funding phase—or a scientist or engineer who has a technology that’s moving from lab to market, Luminate might be able to help accelerate your technology commercialization and business.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The technical, engineering, and support services that will help you bridge the gaps that often exist in moving emerging technologies to market and complete the components of launching a business

  • How the structured curriculum and reciprocal peer learning environment will help you transfer knowledge into action

  • How Luminate graduates, VPG Medical and Circle Optics, were able to scale their businesses through Luminate

  • The criteria for participation and the selection process

  • How to apply by September 23 to be a part of the next cohort

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 world

  • Company must be incorporated

  • Must have an optics-, photonics-, or imaging-enabled technology or application

  • Fewer than 10 employees

  • Titles: Founder, entrepreneur, CEO, chief technology officer

  • Company founding date of 2012 to 2019

Presenter Bios:

  • Sujatha Ramanujan, Managing Director, Luminate

Ramanujan is a serial entrepreneur, having started and grown three startup businesses in cardiac surgical equipment, optical communications, and nano materials. 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. Sujatha has held scientific, technical leadership, and laboratory head positions in Chrysler Corporation, GE, Kodak, Carestream, and Intrinsiq Materials. She holds 28 issued US patents. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

  • Jean-Philipe Couderc, CEO and Cofounder, VPG Medical

Dr. Couderc is an internationally recognized authority in the development of computerized technologies related to cardiac safety. He is the CEO and Cofounder of VPG Medical, an award-winning Luminate accelerator company. Its HealthKam® technology enables effortless, seamless cardiac monitoring utilizing smart devices and laptops to deliver improved diagnoses and therapeutic strategies. He is the Founder and Director of the Telemetric and Holter ECG Warehouse (THEW), which serves as a platform for industry, academia, and regulators to validate new methods for advancing the science and practice of conducting cardiac safety studies. Previously, Courderc was the scientific founder CTO of iCardiac Technologies Inc. (iCT), a startup company that was purchased by eRT.

  • Zak Niazi, Founder & CEO, Circle Optics

Circle Optics is a Luminate accelerator award-winning company. Its proprietary technology captures real-time, errorless 360° video in 12K. The Hydra camera instantly aligns fields of view without post-processing to completely eliminate the need for costly stitching. This will enable people to view sports better than having a courtside seat, effectively monitor the surroundings of their homes and businesses, and explore places anywhere in the world virtually, without missing details.


The views expressed in this webinar do not reflect those of OIDA and The Optical Society.