Entrepreneurship

Identifying, defining, and building viable product commercialization and business opportunities is the cornerstone of entrepreneurship at RIT. Through courses, academic programs, hands-on projects, competitions, and resources, students can advance and realize their own business and product ideas.

Resources

Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship promotes innovation and entrepreneurial learning across the RIT community by leveraging RIT’s strengths in multidisciplinary and experiential learning.

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MAGIC Center

The MAGIC Center is a university wide, multi- and cross-disciplinary center in which faculty, staff, and student researchers, artists, and practitioners come together to create, contextualize, and apply new knowledge in a multitude of related fields and disciplines as appropriate not only to STEM, or the arts and humanities, but their intersection.

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Venture Creations

RIT Venture Creations is a technology business incubator that provides a range of services to seed/mid-seed stage startups to help them advance their businesses.

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Center for Urban Entrepreneurship

The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship is helping to reshape the regional economy and build wealth within the urban community by being the central resource for urban entrepreneurial programs and research.

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Programs and Competitions

Saunders Summer Startup

Saunders Summer Startup is a 10-week initiative over the summer aimed at assisting entrepreneurs develop their business concepts to a point where they are ready to begin seeking angel investment.

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Tiger Tank

The Tiger Tank competition gives students the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges with a chance to win cash prizes. Submissions describe an early-stage product or service with foreseeable commercial impact.

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IdeaLab

IdeaLab is a program designed to link problems and challenges with technical and creative problem solvers at RIT. Student teams with multidisciplinary expertise solve unique problems faced by organizations or institutions such as Al Sigl Community of Agencies, Rochester Regional Health and others. The students spend one weekend designing innovative solutions for specific problems identified by the participating organizations.

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Next Big Idea (NTID)

The Next Big Idea is an annual innovation competition at NTID sponsored by ZVRS. Teams of deaf and hard-of-hearing students work together to create a product, business, service, or type of technology that solves a problem or eliminates an existing challenge.

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MAGIC Center Co-Up Program

The MAGIC Co-Up Program is designed to help fund students to “co-op” over the summer in multidisciplinary teams on projects and experiences that lead to startup products and commercial activities in digital media.

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RIT Business Model Competition

Students are asked to submit business plans for a potential new business and are judged on the written presentation of the idea, ability for the team to succeed, market potential, feasibility, and general knowledge of subject.

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RIT Entrepreneurs Conference

RIT’s Entrepreneurs Conference is an inspirational hub and day of learning on how to start a business. The annual event is for anyone who believes that creativity and bold thinking are vital to success.

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Minor in Entrepreneurship

A minor in entrepreneurship provides the necessary learning, experiences, and skills to start and operate new ventures and organizations. Students from any discipline can select a minor in entrepreneurship through RIT’s Saunders College of Business and tailor their education to follow their career goals.

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Latest News

  • July 9, 2019

    'Outside view of old bank in downtown Rochester.'

    Registration open for RIT Center for Urban Entrepreneurship 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.

  • June 10, 2019

    'Four people stand together, with two in center holding glass awards.'

    Saunders College names Optimax president, CEO as 2019 Vanden Brul Award recipients

    Michael Mandina, president of Optimax, and Richard Plympton, CEO of Optimax, have been named the 2019 recipients of the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award, presented by Saunders College of Business. The award is given to entrepreneurial leaders in the greater Rochester region who have developed a business that has improved the local or regional economy or whose innovative management skills have changed the course of an existing business.