RIT Entrepreneurs Conference

2018 Schedule
Friday, October 26, 2018 
Time Title Location

8:00 A.M


Fireside Lounge


9:00 A.M


Ingle Auditorium


9:15 A.M Tiger Tank Semi-Finals Pitch Competition

Tiger Tank is RIT’s premier early stage startup pitch contest!  The contest provides $200,000 in cash prizes and graduate scholarships. In the semi-finals round, 30 teams will present 90 second "elevator pitches" to compete for one of five slots to the finals round, where they will win cash prizes.  The top three finalists also win a scholarship to the Saunders College of Business!

Ingle Auditorium


11:00 A.M

Block 1
(Choice of one)

Session 1 - Social Media and Marketing in Entrepreneurial Ventures

Social Media is a revolutionary tool that enables entrepreneurs to cost effectively “go to market” with limited resources and branding. This session assists entrepreneurs and marketers in understanding successful social media marketing campaigns and techniques.

SAU/Campus Center
Session 2 - Entrepreneurship and the NYS Food and Beverage Sector

This session will explore how New York state agricultural resources are utilized to generate entrepreneurial growth in the beer, wine and sprit sector of the hospitality industry.  This session will emphasize how entrepreneurs in the beverage sector move from single site specific production and service to regional distribution of their products.  Specific legal, infrastructure and branding challenges will be discussed.

SAU/Campus Center

Session 3 - Software Entrepreneurship
This session brings together software entrepreneurs to describe how they identified their idea, built a team, and successfully started their business.   

SAU/Campus Center 

12:00 P.M. 


1:00 P.M.

Keynote Speaker - Mark Gentile, Founder of Odyssey Software and Chief Architect for Enterprise Endpoint Security Products at Symantec Corporation 

Ingle Auditorium

2:00 P.M

Block 2
(Choice of one)
Session 1 - Technology Commercialization

Do you have a product or service invention with potential commercial applications? Do you want to understand the steps of commercializing your invention from an engineering or technology development perspective?  In this session, industrial professionals will share their experiences commercializing new technologies and inventions.

SAU/Campus Center
Session 2 - Funding Your Entrepreneurial Venture

Many entrepreneurs get caught in the “valley of death”- that place where an early stage business concept (or technology) cannot gain funding until it matures, but requires funding in order to do so.   This session is composed of seasoned investors who will describe creative ways to fund early stage business ideas.

SAU/Campus Center
Session 3 - Digital Entrepreneurship
Are you interested in starting a web-based business?  This session is composed of website and IoT based entrepreneurs.  Learn from the experts about these types of ventures.

SAU/Campus Center

3:00 P.M

Block 3
(Choice of one)
Session 1 - Intellectual Property and the Entrepreneur
This session focuses on potential forms of intellectual property protection that a potential entrepreneur may employ.  Patents are important, but are they enough?     
SAU/Campus Center
Session 2 - RIT Entrepreneurial Resources Featuring Current Students and Coaches 
RIT has a vast network of resources to assist RIT students with start a business.  This panel includes student teams who can speak firsthand about the value of these resources and current coaches who have worked with student teams.  Both students and faculty are invited to this panel session.
SAU/Campus Center
Session 3 - Entrepreneurship for Designers - How to Jump In

Industrial design (and other design fields) focus on solving unique customer-focused problems.  How can designers move from solving problems to creating a new venture? This panel features designers that have taken the entrepreneurial plunge.

SAU/Campus Center



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