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.
October 4, 2021
Venture Creations member companies named to Top 20 in GROW-NY competition
RIT Venture Creations client companies Crystal Creek Organics and Agri-Trac have been named to the Top 20 in the GROW-NY Food and Agriculture Competition.
September 16, 2021
RIT names new director of Venture Creations technology business incubator
Entrepreneurship expert Johan Klarin comes to Venture Creations from Columbia University, where he served as manager of the NYSERDA-funded Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, assisting clean-tech startups in New York state. Prior to that, he was managing director of Viaduct Inc., a consulting company focused on Western New York startups.
September 15, 2021
NY-Based Game Developers ‘Level Up’ through NYSTAR Hubs
FuzeHub features RIT's MAGIC Center and talks to Jenn Hinton, associate director of the MAGIC Center.
September 8, 2021
Saunders College names Mark Davitt, CEO of ConServe, recipient of 2021 Vanden Brul Award
The Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award, presented by Saunders College of Business, is annually given to a successful individual or individuals who developed a business that improved the Rochester economy or whose innovative management skills have changed the course of an existing business.
August 31, 2021
Quite Frankly, Kristen Risk Has Given the Spirits Industry a Whole Fresh Take
Adweek features Kristen Risk '90 (business administration), co-founder and SVP of marketing communications of Frankly Organic Vodka.
August 30, 2021
RIT alumnus creates new game used as icebreaker for New Student Orientation
John McNicholl, a 2021 RIT graduate from Commack, N.Y, has launched a new game—Deceiver—that is now available on Amazon and at Shop One on campus and was recently incorporated into RIT’s New Student Orientation program as an icebreaker.
August 27, 2021
RIT’s Metaproject features ‘purr-fect’ pairing with alumnus’ Modkat
Metaproject 12 promises to be the cat’s meow this academic year. Students in RIT’s industrial design program will spend the semester designing products for Modkat, the award-winning maker of cat litter boxes. Metaproject pairs students with a different industry partner each year.
August 18, 2021
Venture Creations company Circle Optics named a finalist in Genius NY competition
Circle Optics was one among 600 applicants that rose to the top five for the program, which will come with an investment of $500,000 to $1 million to help advance the enterprise. Circle Optics is a deep-tech R&D company specializing in wide field-of-view imaging systems, also known as 360-degree cameras.
August 17, 2021
New eatery Biscotti Brewers brings gluten-free excitement to downtown Rochester
WROC-TV features Kayla Sandoval '15 (mechanical engineering technology), owner of Biscotti Brewers.
August 13, 2021
Local entrepreneurs help people with MS, heat intolerance
WROC-TV features Kurtis Kracke ’15 (industrial design), co-founder of ThermApparel.
August 12, 2021
Former RIT students invent cooling vest for those susceptible to heat
Spectrum News features Kurtis Kracke ’15 (industrial design) and Brad Dunn ’15 (industrial design), co-founders of ThermApparel,
August 10, 2021
RIT named to Newsweek’s ‘Best Maker Schools in Higher Education’ list
To be considered for the list, recommended schools had to demonstrate excellence or competency in integrated learning-through-doing orientation; mentoring, guidance, and coaching for making; physical makerspaces; accessible spaces and tools that support independent, collaborative projects; and a diverse, active community of makers.