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Luminate to join Upstate Capital Association at Wednesday showcase

Luminate to join Upstate Capital Association at Wednesday showcase

The Upstate Capital Association of New York on Wednesday will host the Venture NY Series A Showcase in partnership with 43North, GENIUS NY, 76West, Grow-NY and Luminate.

The event will feature some of the fastest-growing startups from across New York and will include investor pitches and opportunities for group and one-to-one networking. Venture NY will take place in conjunction with Upstate Capital’s Annual Awards Celebration, which highlights Upstate New York’s most exciting activity in private equity and mergers and acquisitions, as well as Venture + Growth Investments in 2020, officials said.

A Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed on a person who has made a significant impact in the Upstate New York investment community over the course of their career.

“Attracting venture capital from outside the region has been part of Upstate Capital’s mission since 2003 when the organization was founded. This is an amazing opportunity to collaborate with several pillars of the broader regional entrepreneurial ecosystem and highlight how far Upstate New York has come in developing entrepreneurship and high-growth businesses here,” said Upstate Capital Executive Director Noa Simons.

The partnership, with multiple accelerators and competitions, is the first collaboration of its kind in New York.

Each of the five organizations featured at the event will invite their top startups. Based in Rochester, Luminate is the world’s largest business accelerator for optics, photonics and imaging (OPI) startups. The accelerator brings entrepreneurs from around the world together with OPI pioneers and qualified investors to speed innovation and time to market and help early-stage startups gain clear competitive advantages.

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