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Saunders Start Up

Saunders Start-Up is a 10-week initiative at Rochester Institute of Technology, in conjunction with the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship and supported by Saunders College of Business. The program is aimed at assisting entrepreneurs develop their business concepts to a point where they are ready to begin seeking angel investment.

Student teams from all majors and disciplines are invited to apply. Saunders Start-Up teams receive designated work space, mentoring from faculty and alumni, guidance on business development, and financial resources including a stipend and the opportunity to earn grants to sustain their plans.

Summer 2015


Judges observe the presentations during Investor Day Team, LiftForce, presents at Investor Day Spyn Align tests out a prototype during Saunders Start-Up

Eight student teams were selected to participate in the 10-week intensive in Summer 2015. Teams received a designated work space in Student Innovation Hall, mentoring and guidance on their business concepts from faculty and alumni, and financial resources, including a stipend and the opportunity to earn grants to sustain their plans.

After 10 weeks, the student teams were ready to present their concepts to a panel of investors. Real-world angel investors were invited to "Investor Day" for the opportunity to observe and provide feedback on the teams' final business pitch presentations. The presentation marked the culmination of Saunders Start-Up.

Meet the teams:

CASCADES happy2c Hz Innovations LifeForce
MySpiderWeb.com SpynAlign UNA Wyvrn


Check out a video recap from the Summer 2015 Saunders Start-Up below.