With a rising percentage of entering students already having launched their own enterprises, RIT helps distinguish itself apart from many other colleges by enhancing the talents of the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at RIT, which was established to help students invent and solve problems through experiential learning, now offers a stipend to multidisciplinary student teams for the unique opportunity to examine their businesses and, in some cases, advance them to the next level of development.
“The goal for our RIT Student Accelerator teams is to work diligently, full-time, with our expert coaches to reach the point where they can begin seeking angel investment,” said Anthony Testa, director, Commercialization Training Programs, Simone Center. “Every year, we are amazed at the level of creativity and innovation that our students bring to the program. We’re introducing them to a new level of rigor, design thinking, and customer development to ensure that the students are learning, growing, and pivoting to match the pace of the world of entrepreneurship.”