As the editor for RIT’s research magazine, I am pleased to announce the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Research at RIT, which focuses on our nationally recognized efforts to transform ideas into innovation and business creation.
The magazine highlights RIT’s comprehensive coursework and training programs in entrepreneurship, offered through the E. Philip Saunders College of Business and the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship. These efforts have helped hundreds of students become engaged and educated entrepreneurs while also promoting the development of numerous start-up businesses. Alums of the program include prominent tech entrepreneurs Steve Shapiro, founder of Digsby, and Austin McChord, founder of Datto Inc.
An accompanying video further showcases the unique opportunities being offered through a discussion of Saunders Summer Start-up, an intensive three-month training course which places students in multidisciplinary teams to develop a business concept and ultimately pitch it to potential investors. Previous participants include Strong Arm Technologies, which won the $100,000 grand prize as part of the 2012 MassChallenge, the world’s largest start-up accelerator.
The breadth, depth and impact of these efforts are why the Simone Center was named the best college student incubator in 2012!
I hope you enjoy the magazine, and feel free to contact me to learn more or visit the Research at RIT website.