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RIT One of Top Three Colleges for Entrepreneurial Spirit

26 Aug

RIT One of Top Colleges for Entrepreneurial Spirit

RIT One of Top Colleges for Entrepreneurial Spirit

Where will the next Steve Jobs come from?  Tech.Mic says maybe right here from RIT! More

RIT Expands Partnership With Beijing University

24 Aug

RIT and Beijing Jiaotong University’s academic exchange includes undergraduate classes in management information systems at the

RIT and Beijing Jiaotong University’s academic exchange includes undergraduate classes in management information systems at the

Rochester Institute of Technology continues its successful academic exchange in China through an international partnership with Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU). This fall, two new degree programs will begin in a joint collaboration between RIT’s Saunders College of Business and BJTU’s School of Economics and Management.

A master's degree in entrepreneurship and innovative ventures will be offered at BJTU in the capital city of Beijing, and a bachelor's degree in management information systems at BJTU’s new Weihai Southsea campus located in Shandong Province. Anticipated enrollment in the first cohort of the master’s degree program is 10 to 15 students, with approximately 116 students in the management information systems undergraduate program. Courses in both programs will be taught by RIT and BJTU faculty. More.

RIT Freshmen Class Welcomed at Tiger Walk and Convocation

21 Aug

Photo by: Jorge Samper

Photo by: Jorge Samper

Take a look at some of the highlights from RIT's annual Tiger Walk and New Student Convocation. Watch video.

RIT Welcomes Record Number of Freshmen

21 Aug

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Rochester Institute of Technology this week welcomes a record freshman class of 2,940 students and about 600 transfer students, bringing its total enrollment to more than 18,500 students. More.

RIT/NTID Student Entrepreneurs, Hz Innovations, Are Part of RIT’s Saunders Summer Startup Program

13 Aug

Photo by: Keith Delk

Photo by: Keith Delk

Imagine secure software for cybercrime prevention, equipment with real-time feedback for weightlifters, a sound-recognition device for homeowners with hearing loss, or portable technology that brews Brazilian coffee and hot beverages on the go.

These are some of the jumpstart ventures at Saunders Summer Startup, a small-business launchpad at Rochester Institute of Technology where young innovators with bright ideas form interdisciplinary teams to start real companies. The 10-week crash course is sponsored by Saunders College of Business and the Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

During the summer program, each of the eight startups below is offered a stipend, working space at the Simone Center, and receives support from RIT faculty, assigned mentors and community business leaders.

  • CASCADES: Acronym for Cyber Attack Scenario and Network Defense Simulator that streamlines the process of preventing cybercrime
  • Happy2c: A program to help people learn a new language from teachers and native speakers at a lower cost and at their own pace using a smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Hz Innovations: A sound recognition system to aid those with hearing loss that notifies the owner of a sound (doorbell, a child’s cry, alarm) through their software application on their smartphone, wearable device or laptop
  • LiftForce: Smart fitness sensor technology for gyms to provide weightlifters with real-time feedback that they can track, store and communicate to other lifters
  • Myspiderweb.com: A simplified tool for businesses to create and manage their social media content across multiple social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • SpynAlign: A postural control device for stroke patient rehabilitation that works by placing a smartphone on a specially designed vest worn by the patient that signals and alerts them when they need to align and correct their posture
  • UNA: A sustainable, smart and portable coffee maker that will allow users to brew their own coffee or tea on-the-go without any external power supply—complete with a coffee pod that delivers high quality Brazilian coffee beans
  • Wyvrn: The next generation of PawPrints, RIT’s website platform for students to create petitions for change; the education technology company is expanding their services to campuses across the U.S. to revolutionize the way student governments are run.

“Summer Startup is the most intensive entrepreneurial experience that we offer at RIT,” said Richard DeMartino, endowed chair and director of the Simone Center. “It’s both educational and developmental, and some of these businesses will actually become high growth businesses. In the past, we’ve had a couple that have raised a half million and a million dollars, and more.”