Entering the Incubator
The Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship counsels and coaches students on entry modes into the program and supervise their progress within the Initiative. There are five primary means to gain entry into the Student Incubator:
- Course Credit: With prior approval, student teams may sign up for a Applied Commercialization course dedicated to entering the Student Business Development Initiative. This course may be taken as an RIT free elective and count toward the University's Entrepreneurship Minor program.
- Co-op Credit: In partnership with the appropriate academic unit, students may also gain entry into the program though coop credit. (Note: Coop credit is predicated upon the support and approval of the appropriate home academic unit.)
- Capstone/Product Realization Courses: A number of courses on campus focus on both product/service development and commercialization. Faculty supervising such initiatives may gain access for their students.
- Independent Admission: A select number of students may enter the program independent of course or co-op credit. Accepted students are granted access to the student business development lab and provided with business mentors.
- Summer Start Up: During the spring quarter teams will begin to be organized to participate in the Summer Start Up program that helps ideas become high potential ventures through mentoring and assistance via co-op students. Stay tuned for details to become available in the spring.