RIT Applied Entrepreneurship and Innovation Course and Student Business Development Lab
Applied Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Applied Entrepreneurship and Innovation (AEI) is a four credit course offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level by the Management Department at the Saunders College of Business. The course will most likely serve as an elective course though it is required for students in the Entrepreneurs Hall Program.
The course is generally not taken as an overload. While some exceptions have been made based on the approval of a student’s faculty advisor this is highly discouraged.
Most of the course content is delivered through 1:1 coaching sessions between a team and their assigned coach. Each team meets with their coach weekly at a mutually agreeable time. The entire cohort of student teams also meets collectively each week to discuss some limited and very helpful readings that are required for the course. That said, 95% of all course activities are focused on advancing the student’s project.
Students cannot register for the AEI course through the SIS system. They must be approved and registered by Dr. Richard DeMartino or Mr. Rich Notargiacomo. Approval is based on a short application which enables determination if the concept, potential path of development, and team are appropriate for the course. Those projects which are appropriate for the program will be accepted; those requiring additional work, will be given guidance so that they may participate in a subsequent offering of the course.
The application should be approximately one or two pages and include the following information:
- Project Name
- Project Description. What are you trying to do?
- How advanced is the project? Is it in an early stage or later stage? Have you explored the market opportunity? Do you have an early stage prototype (if appropriate)? (Please note: The program will take very early and later stage projects, but the coaches much understand the status of the project.)
- What skill sets do you need to advance/mature the project?
- Who are the members of the team working on the project? Provide names, programs, year, etc. Do they have the skills you need to advance your program?
- Provide project timeline; indicate appropriate milestones