Saunders Executive MBA Program offers to help local businesses at no cost

Sign up deadline for companies to participate is Monday, April 13

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Local companies can submit their business problems to be defined, analyzed and solved by Executive MBA students as part of their Capstone Projects.

Got a business problem? Local companies will again have access to knowledgeable and ambitious teams of consultants from Rochester Institute of Technology—at no charge.

For more than 16 years, RIT has invited area businesses to take part in the annual Capstone Project, sponsored by the Executive MBA program at RIT’s Saunders College of Business. All applications for the Capstone Project are due by Monday, April 13.

Experienced managers and executives from RIT’s EMBA program have helped strengthen more than 60 local and diverse businesses—including GE, JML Optical Industries Inc., Monroe Tractor, DeCarolis Truck Rental, Excellus and United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

The EMBA project teams will spend a 20-week period defining and analyzing a client’s problems in areas such as manufacturing, finance, business strategy, marketing, human resource management and information systems. Host company executives with RIT faculty review each team’s analysis and final presentations.

“We see the Capstone Projects as both a service to Rochester’s business community and an opportunity for our Executive MBA students to demonstrate their expertise,” said Donald Wilson, director of the Executive MBA Program at RIT’s Saunders College. “We are always interested in receiving capstone applications from organizations identifying problems that will challenge our EMBA students while tackling real issues at local companies.”

Firms must be willing to provide a project sponsor and to share relevant information and data with student teams. The confidential studies are available only to company officers and faculty who review team deliverables. RIT does not charge a fee, although a number of companies have made contributions to the Saunders College EMBA scholarship fund.

Companies that wish to participate can go to and click on Capstone Projects, or contact RIT’s Executive MBA office at 585-475-7435 or