Linda Smith of CERES Joins Luminate Advisory Board


Needham, Massachusetts – September 10, 2019
CERES Technology Advisors, Inc., a merger and acquisition advisory firm focusing on photonics, is pleased to announce Linda Smith, President of CERES, is joining the advisory board of Luminate.

Luminate is the only international startup accelerator focused solely on next-generation optics, photonics and imaging. It is bringing visionary entrepreneurs from around the globe together with pioneers in the field and qualified investors to speed innovation and time to market.

Each cohort receives personal mentorship from the world-class advisory board comprised of experienced entrepreneurs and CEOs at top optics and photonics companies, the who’s who of the industry.  As a personal mentor, Linda will work closely with management teams to help further their business goals.

“I am extremely impressed with the startups in Luminate’s first two cohorts, and with the program’s management team,” said Linda. “I am looking forward to mentoring the startups, working with the board to further advance OPI innovation, and exploring effective models for funding and supporting early-stage companies.”

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Linda Smith founded CERES, an M&A advisory firm, in 2005 to serve photonics companies underserved by generalist investment banks. She advised on more than 20 acquisitions and financings and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) specializing in the valuation of privately held businesses with core photonics technology. Prior to CERES, Linda held senior marketing and sales management positions at market leaders, Thermo Fisher Scientific and QIOPTIQ and venture capital financed companies who commercialized CMOS and MEMS integrated optics technologies. She is a Fellow of SPIE, the International Society of Optics and Photonics, and a member of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women™.

Luminate is currently seeking visionary entrepreneurs who are solving difficult problems in augmented and virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, machine vision, biophotonics and other fields related to photonics.  Applications for Luminate’s third cohort are due September 23.

About Luminate

Luminate is the only international startup accelerator focused solely on next-generation optics, photonics and imaging (OPI). It is bringing visionary entrepreneurs from around the globe together with OPI pioneers and qualified investors to speed innovation and time to market.  It is located in Rochester, New York – the world capital of imaging and fertile ground for highly skilled and innovate technical talent in the field of optics.  www.luminate.org

About CERES Technology Advisors

CERES Technology Advisors, Inc. provides merger & acquisition advisory services. Our unique value is the breadth and depth of our network and knowledge of markets enabled by photonics.  www.cerescom.net

For more information, please contact:

Linda Smith, President
(781)453-1906
LindaSmith@cerescom.net