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Rich Notargiacomo


Rich Notargiacomo is the Director overseeing Venture Creation's operations.  Rich helps companies advance their businesses and business concepts through a combination of coaching, consulting, and making connections.

Rich is also an Adjunct Professor at the Saunders College of Business; teaching classes in technology commercialization, small business consulting, and strategy.

At the Saunders College, Rich leads a student consulting business which employs MBA students as co-ops and deploys them on a fee-for-service basis to companies in the Rochester area. Rich brings the Saunders connection to Venture Creations through the Student Engagement Program which connects RIT students with Venture Creations' companies.

Rich is a seasoned new products and innovation professional with a track record of successfully commercializing new products. He has worked in a wide variety of functional areas and has moved new products through the lifecycle from conceptualization to launch and, ultimately through discontinuance.

Rich is a graduate of the University of Rochester's Simon School holding an MBA with a concentration in Marketing. He is holds a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Bill Jones

Business Development Manager

Bill Jones assists the Director overseeing Venture Creation's operations. His approach is to operate Venture Creations like a business with the primary goal of developing successful businesses stemming from RIT.

Bill first came to RIT in 2008 as a part-time consultant working with Venture Creations' businesses, then served as the manager of business development when the NYSERDA Clean Energy Incubator was established in December 2009.

Bill is an experienced entrepreneur with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and additional graduate courses in finance and business administration from RIT. Bill founded and managed FM Technologies, a facilities design and project management company, which merged with XX in 2004. Bill has a long history of facilities and project management working with a variety of organizations, including Syracuse University, Catholic University, University of Maryland, Harris RF Communications, Kodak, Xerox, and Frontier Communications.


Cindy Papaleo

Staff Assistant

As Staff Assistant at Venture Creations, Cindy works to ensure that the incubator’s day to day operations proceed smoothly and effectively so that our client companies can focus on their work.  She supports the Director and the team, overseeing administrative and facility operations, as well as coordinating marketing, events, sponsorships, and other related projects. She leverages her strong financial background, developed in the accounting industry, to manage billings and other financial matters pertaining to the building and our clients.

Cindy also is Venture Creations’ primary liaison with its clients on data collection and reporting, as well as on marketing related activities.  She maintains a close relationship with other RIT departments essential to Venture Creations’ successful operation.

Prior to joining Venture Creations in early 2015, Cindy had a lengthy career at KPMG LLP as an engagement management coordinator working closely with partners and managers assisting them with monitoring and managing their projects for the upstate area offices of Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany.

Cindy’s passion for entrepreneurship in the Rochester community has evolved through her assistance and management of the RocGrowth Candids and RocGrowth Coffee events.  RocGrowth is a grass-roots community effort working to nurture and grow the emerging entrepreneurial community in the Rochester area.