RIT Entrepreneurs Conference

2019 Schedule - Thursday, November 7, 2019 
Time Title Location

8:00 A.M.


Fireside Lounge


9:15 A.M.


Ingle Auditorium


9:30 A.M. Tiger Tank Pitch Competition

Tiger Tank is RIT’s premier early stage startup pitch contest!  The contest provides cash prizes and graduate scholarships to the winners.  In the final round, 30 teams will present 90 second pitches to compete for the top title. 

Ingle Auditorium


11:00 A.M.

Block 1
(Choice of one)

Session 1 - My Story by John Lemp

Join John Lemp as he talks about his experience as an entrepreneur and his life "as a failure."  He will share his perspective as an entrepreneur living a life of purpose.

SAU - 1829 Room
Session 2 - Legal Considerations and the Entrepreneur

Legal considerations are an essential element in the entrepreneurial journey.  This session explores important topics such as incorporation, liability, contracts, and intellectual property protection.

Campus Center - Bamboo 2610

Session 3 - Tech Entrepreneurship
Do you have a product or service invention with potential commercial application?  Do you want to understand the steps of commercializing your invention from an engineering or technology development perspective?  In this session, industry professional will share their experiences in commercializing new technologies. 

Campus Center - Bamboo 2650 

12:30 P.M. 


2:00 P.M.

Block 2
(Choice of one)

Session 1 - My Story by David Finkelstein
An RIT alumnus and 25 year veteran entrepreneur, David will share his experience with the human side of being an entrepreneur.  This includes the people you should have around you to help along the way to the emotional challenges and human behaviors that drive success. 

Session 2 - Start-Make-Sell with Roc Brewing Co., LLC

This session is a must for anyone who wants to know how to take an idea and make it come to fruition.  Chris Spinelli, co-owner of Roc Brewing Co., LLC will share his experience starting up one of Rochester's finest and most popular breweries.    

Session 3 - Funding Your Entrepreneurial Venture
 Many entrepreneurs get caught in the "valley of death", that place where an early stage business concept cannot gain funding until matures but requires funding to do so.  This sessions is composed of investors who will describe creative ways to fund early stage business ideas.

Campus Center - Bamboo 2610 

SAU - 1829 Room


Campus Center - Bamboo 2650 

3:30 P.M.

Block 2
(Choice of one)
Session 1 - What is Entrepreneurship?  Why is it important to me?
This session is designed for students who are intrigued by the notion of entrepreneurship but aren't completely sure of what it entails or why it could be important to them.  Come and hear experts explain and explore why entrepreneurial skills and activities are so important for today's students.
Campus Center - Bamboo 2610
Session 2 - RIT Student Entrepreneurs 
RIT has a vast network of resources to assist both students and faculty/staff with starting a business.  This panel includes student teams who can speak first-hand about the value of these resources. 
Campus Center - Bamboo 2650

Session 3 - Marketing and Social Media
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 - 1829 Room

5:00 P.M.

Keynote Speaker and Gasser Lecture Series - Meena Harris
Ingle Auditorium 
 6:00 P.M.       Meet and Greet Reception with Meena Harris    



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