Saunders College alumni strike ‘Shark Tank’ deal
Elephant Pants accepts deal with Daymond John for $500,000
It was a wild mission to save elephants that helped two RIT Saunders College of Business alumni strike a deal on ABC’s Shark Tank last week.
Nathan Coleman ’09 (marketing) from Ossining, N.Y., and James Brooks ’09 (international business) from Schenectady, N.Y., gave up 17.5 percent of The Elephant Pants to fashion mogul shark Daymond John for $500,000.
The e-commerce retail company, which was launched in 2014, donates 10 percent of net profits (approximately $127,000) to the International Elephant Foundation. The product line targets ages 18-34 and includes harem pants, yoga pants, loungers, kimonos and jewelry.
The Elephant Pants helped push the venture capitalist show past $100 million in total deals in its time on air. Familiar to RIT entrepreneurship is “Shark” John, who was the keynote speaker at Saunders College Gasser Lecture Series in 2013.
August 14, 2019
Program gives new pathway to RIT for students of area community colleges
Under the new program, first-year students at Monroe, Finger Lakes or Genesee Community colleges can enroll to complete a bachelor’s degree from RIT. The students would attend RIT for their second year, and after completing that year, would receive their associate degree from their community college. They would then go on to finish their bachelor’s degree from RIT.
August 7, 2019
RIT undergraduates share cutting-edge research at annual summer symposium
The 28th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, held on Aug. 1, is structured as a professional research conference. Research themes included everything from fundamental microbiology to the fine arts.
August 6, 2019
40 years and counting: Athletics director says he still has more to do
Lou Spiotti Jr. will begin his 40th season as executive director of Intercollegiate Athletics at RIT this fall. He is one of a few directors in all of college athletics—Division I, II and III—to serve in that position for 40 years.
August 6, 2019
Chocolate with a conscience
You do what? From accountant to the stars to sustainable chocolate producer, RIT alumni have some pretty cool careers. Read about Lorenzo Llosa ’04 (applied arts and sciences), an artisanal chocolate maker and co-founder of Elemento, a sustainable chocolate company in Peru.