Local entrepreneur Brad Flower envisions his start-up company as the linchpin of an ecosystem offering musicians the space and time to create, explore, and collaborate. His victory as the winner of RIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship ROC the Pitch competition on Aug. 24 moves him one step closer to his goals.
Tickets are available for ROC the Pitch, an annual entrepreneurship competition hosted by RIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship. The competition, featuring six local start-ups who will pitch their business plans to guests and a panel of judges, will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Hyatt Regency Rochester.
For the first time since the start of the pandemic, RIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship is once again hosting its Business Pitch competition, open to all businesses operating within Monroe County. The winner will be awarded $25,000.
RIT is contributing to Rochester’s revitalization efforts in a significant way, bringing a creative energy and economic development acumen translating into important arts, cultural, educational, and economic opportunities for the city.
dt ogilvie, Distinguished Professor of Urban Entrepreneurship at RIT’s Saunders College of Business, has received the Young Entrepreneurz Solutions Entrepreneurship Service Award for her role in promoting youth entrepreneurship.
Katboocha, owned by Katarina Schwarz; The Groom Room Men’s Spa and Lounge, owned by Monique Chatman-Jackson; Munchie’s Roc City Empanadas, owned by Luis Carasquillo; and Pointii, an online incentive program for educators and students, owned by Lawrence Forte, were the winners of the inaugural CUE Business Pitch competition.
RIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship is hosting a Business Pitch competition, open to all businesses operating within one of the four quadrants of the city of Rochester. Judges will examine the businesses’ unique competitive advantage, marketability, industry expertise of the owner/team, financial strength of the business and company growth.
RIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, in partnership with Rochester Economic Development Corp., has received $137,500 in funding from J.P. Morgan Chase Bank to help build an entrepreneurial ecosystem that will benefit small-business owners and residents of the City of Rochester. The funding is part of a larger $400,000 gift from Chase Bank to the City of Rochester.