Photonics Venture Challenge

Rochester, NY

World’s largest accelerator focused on optics, photonics, and imaging startups


Launching in 2017.

  • 10-15 teams selected from around the world
  • $3 million in investments
  • 6-month intensive accelerator program, 12-months free rent
  • Demo Day with investors and corporate partners
  • Connections to mentors, suppliers, customers, and resources
  • Located in Rochester, NY – home to AIM Photonics, the New York Photonics Cluster, Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Kodak, Xerox, Bausch & Lomb, and much more!
  • Learn more in Governor Cuomo’s press release.
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