News by Topic: Entrepreneurship
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well at RIT. Thanks to resources and programs from the Saunders College of Business and the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, students are encouraged to take their out-of-the-box ideas and develop them into a fully realized products and business ventures.
January 13, 2022
Three RIT community members named finalists for the ATHENA International Young Professional Award
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Council have named three RIT community members as finalists for the 2022 ATHENA International Young Professional Award, which recognizes emerging female leaders in the 30- to 45-year-old range who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession and serve as a role model for young women.
January 12, 2022
RIT student earns Coca-Cola Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Business Commentary
Rachel Romaine, a fourth-year international business and management information systems double major, received a $10,000 Award for Excellence in Business Commentary from The Executive Leadership Council, a preeminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global Black executives in C-suites, on corporate boards, and in global enterprises.
December 10, 2021
RIT trailblazers make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list
Forbes has identified a few of the RIT alumni set to define the next decade—and beyond. Two RIT alumni—and a third just a few months shy of the age cut-off—were named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2022. Jackie Wiley ’16 (game design and development) was honored in the Games category, and Dylan Ayrey ’15 (computer engineering) was named in the Enterprise Technology category.
December 3, 2021
2022 Best Tech Startups in Rochester
The Tech Tribune ranked two Venture Creations companies, Casana and Circle Optics, on its list of Best Tech Startups in Rochester.
December 2, 2021
RIT Dubai hosts Sheikh Hamdan for the grand opening of new campus
RIT Dubai held a grand opening ceremony to dedicate its state-of-the-art new campus in the Dubai Silicon Oasis on Nov. 28. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, toured the facilities and inaugurated RIT Dubai’s new home designed for interactive learning along with RIT President David Munson, RIT Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration James Watters, and RIT Dubai President Yousef al Assaf.
December 1, 2021
RIT legacy family opens Carmen’s Cooking restaurant
The Baileys, an RIT legacy family, have dreamed of opening a restaurant in the Rochester area for more than 11 years. In 2020, when their youngest child graduated from high school, they decided it was finally time.
November 30, 2021
Longtime RIT supporters give $2.5 million to SHED project
RIT alumnus and trustee Frank Sklarsky ’78 and his wife, Ruth, have made a significant gift to the university’s one-of-a-kind maker space and performing arts complex. They have given $2.5 million to RIT’s Student Hall for Exploration and Development (the SHED) to establish the Sklarsky Glass Box Theater.
November 16, 2021
Engineering alumna wins New York Emmy as host of youth program ‘I Can Be What?’
Jennifer Indovina—RIT alumna, entrepreneur, international TED Fellow and adjunct faculty member—was part of the WXXI team that won a 2021 New York Emmy for its educational and career focused programming, “I Can be What?”
November 12, 2021
RIT professors awarded State Department grant to help entrepreneurs in Jordan form circular economy businesses
A $250,000 grant from the U.S. State Department will fund a program led by RIT professors Clyde Hull and Eric Williams to help entrepreneurs in Jordan form circular economy businesses.
November 11, 2021
Apartment D Films Makes a Splash in the World of Animation
My Burbank features Max Lopez '12 (film and animation), executive producer, and Sean Malony '12 (film and animation), creative supervisor, founders of stop motion animation studio Apartment D Films.
November 9, 2021
RIT Venture Creations client company places in GENIUS NY accelerator competition
RIT Venture Creations client company Circle Optics was awarded a $500,000 investment from the GENIUS NY accelerator competition. The year-long GENIUS NY program is the world’s largest business competition focused on unmanned systems, cross-connected platforms and other technology-based sectors.
October 20, 2021
Venture Creations company Owl AI earns honorable achievement in Luminate NY competition
Owl AI, an RIT Venture Creations member company, earned an Honorable Achievement designation at $200,000 in the Luminate NY accelerator competition.