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November 2014


Upcoming Events

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Sept9 Walk-in Coaching Hours: 2:00-4:00PM
Sept9 Walk-in Coaching Hours: 8:30-9:30AM
Sept9 Innovators Hour
Jun18 IdeaLab at RIT
Sept9 Startup Weekend Edu Rochester


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IdeaLab: November 15-16th

The RIT IdeaLab mixes multi-disciplinary student teams, coaches, and industry sponsors to identify and solve real problems. It orchestrates an array of activities, including problem definition, brainstorming, problem solving, ideation, design processes, testing, prototyping, market evaluations, etc.

The next IdeaLab event is November 15 and 16th. We are looking for students interested in participating. For more information and to register, please click here.



Coming Soon: Paid Entrepreneurship Co-ops

RIT was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps University Site grant. The NSF I-Corps program incorporates a unique blend of customer discovery processes, lean startup approaches, and strategic thinking tools to help students and faculty commercialize technology related products and services. As part of the grant's funding, up to 30 students will receive stipends (for co-ops) each year for three years to commercialize their inventions.

Interested students should contact Richard DeMartino (


Tiger Tank Results

Five teams of student entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas and won a total of $4,750 in cash prizes at Tiger Tank, an RIT program modeled on ABC-TV's Shark Tank. Tiger Tank, sponsored by Saunders College of Business and hosted by the Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship, was a featured event at last week's 11th annual RIT Entrepreneurs Conference. Results are as follows:

1st place: Antumbra

Adam Walsh and Nick Peretti

2nd Place: Hog Wild Entertainment

Kevin Voellmer and Nicholas Jacobs

3rd Place: Leo

Binal Patel

4th Place: Robotic Cleaning Solutions

Apurva Shah

5th Place: Biru

Mauricio Reck

Student Center Stage

Erroyl Rolle and Saravana Kumar

CausBuzz is an RIT-born company, started by two grad students, Erroyl Rolle and Saravana Kumar, during the RIT48 Hackathon. The pair also participated in the RIT Saunders Summer Start-up Program, hosted by the Simone Center.

CausBuzz offers incentives to encourage parent, student and teacher engagement in schools. It is also used to enhance in-school safety, providing a system that allows teachers to use a "smart badge" to call for help and communicate with each other in the case of an emergency. CausBuzz has recently teamed up with the Venture Jobs Foundation to run a Crowdfunding campaign that will lead to enhancing the security system at a Rochester area school.


Faculty Center Stage

Meet Denis Cormier

Denis Cormier is RIT's Earl W. Brinkman Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Since joining RIT in 2009, Denis has built up RIT's 3D printing capabilities and has worked very hard to promote collaboration across departments and colleges. He has helped dozens of student teams turn their innovative ideas into functioning prototypes. Students also frequently consult with him regarding advice on how to mass produce their designs and how to modify their designs to lower manufacturing costs. Denis is a huge asset to the Simone Center and has been instrumental in the creation of our newest lab on campus, the Construct at RIT (student makers' space).

He has worked in the area of additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3D printing) for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining RIT in 2009, he was a professor at North Carolina State University for 15 years where he founded NC State's Rapid Prototyping Lab in 1996. He is a founding member of ASTM's F-42 additive manufacturing standards group, and he serves as Chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineer's Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing steering committee. He also serves on the editorial advisory boards for two journals - the Rapid Prototyping Journal, and Additive Manufacturing.



A Student Makers Space

The Construct at RIT was established as a place for RIT students to develop their own inventions and innovations. It is open to all RIT students and is not associated with a particular program or courseware. The Construct contains a CNC mill, router, band saws, hand tools, several 3D printers and a variety of other tools. It offers a variety of seminars and short courses on 'how to make anything'.

The Construct is also designed a hub for student access to RIT labs and tools. The Construct lab manager works with other RIT Labs to identify the availability of specific tools and their terms of use for student projects.

For more information contact: Richard DeMartino at


Open Coaching Hours

Walk-in coaching hours are available through the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship in USC-1600. Walk-ins are first come, first served and are reserved generally for 15-20 minutes sessions based on availability and demand. Please check in at the help desk when you arrive.

Open Coaching Hours:

Tuesdays, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Thursdays, 8:30 - 9:30am


Team Builder Website

Team Builder is a web application for students to share innovative projects and to allow individuals to form and develop teams. It allows RIT students to come together to further develop ideas and accomplish extraordinary things.

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Got Questions?

Faculty and staff members of the Simone Center and the RIT Innovation Council are available to assist students with their questions. Stop in and ask one of our student workers at the help desk how to get in touch with the right person.

The Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship

105 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5608