Saunders Summer Startup Program

Start A Business This Summer!

Do you have an intriguing business concept with early stage business plan? Are you looking to work on this effort over the summer and get paid to do so?

The Saunders College of Business and the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship are pleased to host RIT’s Saunders Summer Startup Program. This initiative is an intense summer program aimed at assisting entrepreneurs/innovators in developing their business concepts to a point where they are ready to begin to seek angel investment. The program elements include instruction across a range of subjects relevant to startups, including:

  • The business concept
  • Customer discovery
  • Forming the business
  • Intellectual property
  • Seeking investment capital

Applications are now closed for Summer 2017. Check back next year!


In addition, each team will receive a stipend, mentoring and coaching, and working space for your team. The program will culminate in an “Investor Day” where each student team will have an opportunity to pitch their business to a group of “real investors”.

The SSS program is for teams and does not accept single person applications. Each team must be well rounded and multi-disciplinary in order to have the skills necessary to accomplish the program goals.

Students are required to be in Rochester on campus to participate.  It is a time intensive program - you should expect to work significantly more than 40 hours per week. Students in the past have worked upwards of 50-60 hours because they were driven to make their idea a reality.

The application process will be done on a rolling basis and starts with a written application. Teams will be reviewed as applications are received so it is to your advantage to apply early. The program committee will invite selected teams to interview with us.

Saunders Summer Start Video 2016


For more information on the application process click here!

To view the teams and projects from previous years click here!

For more information and to apply contact Dr. Richard DeMartino.