Innovation Spotlight


Innovation Spotlight

Every month, the Simone Center highlights the success stories of student teams who have participated in the activities, competitions and programs held by the faculty and staff of the Simone Center. For more information on these success stories, click the links below:

Innovation Spotlight Application

Past Innovation Spotlight Stories


This Month's Innovation Spotlight Stories

ROC Urban Farms

August 1, 2017

Prasham Shah is a 4th year Management Information Systems major, minoring in Entrepreneurship. He is keen on learning new things and believes in exercising the physical, mental and spiritual side of your body. Prasham has been working closely with Theodras Woldeyohannes, a 4th year Environmental Science BS/MS student, to create ROC Urban Farms.

This startup idea aims to revitalize abandoned buildings in the city of Rochester to vertically grow fresh, high quality, organic produce indoor at a consistent price year round to fulfill local demand. They aim to revolutionize the way people grow and eat food, while also efficiently using limited land and space in the local community. ROC Urban Farms wants to cut down the time and cost for produce to reach customers and focus on quality, sustainability and health. They believe that high quality food should not be a privilege because everyone deserves access to these types of products.

ROC Urban Farms just finished up earning course credit through the Simone Center’s Applied Entrepreneurship class, continues to utilize our coaching and mentoring network, and also has earned space in our Student Innovation Co-Work Lab this summer.

We are looking forward to seeing the progress ROC Urban Farms makes this semester!

Stay tuned for next week's Innovation Spotlight Story.


Pacha Charque

August 1, 2017

Noah Wexler is a manager, marketer, and fitness professional working towards an MS degree in Entrepreneurship & Innovative Ventures at RIT. He is a versatile leader with experience in business startups, product development, team management, and customer discovery. Noah has been working closely with Silvia Caraballo, who is getting her MS in Management, Global Management and Supply Chain Management also at RIT. Silvia hopes to empower South American communities through education and entrepreneurship programs, particularly women community members. The MS in Management provides real-world experiences that she can apply toward her goals of developing social venture organizations for indigenous communities. As a leadership fellow, the program has connected her with business leaders as mentors to help expand upon knowledge and skills acquired from the management program.

Together, Noah and Silvia have formed Pacha Charque, an upcoming social venture created by RIT students. The goal is to foster improved lifestyles for communities in the United States and Bolivia. Pacha Charque provides lean, organic meat that is nutritionally superior to support healthier lifestyles and diet options for these communities.

    

Noah has been a business student for his entire career at RIT and has been involved with multiple startup projects and programs. He started by entering and winning the RIT Tiger Tank competition in Fall 2015. He then applied to other Simone Center business model competitions and participated in the Saunders Summer Startup Program Summer 2016. Noah has also gone through the Applied Entrepreneurship course twice, while earning course credit through the Simone Center and is now completing an independent study to finish his MS degree. Each experience has built on each other and has exposed him to new aspects of startup creation.

Stay tuned for next week's Innovation Spotlight Story.