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The Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award was created in 1984 through an endowment fund established by Mr. Vanden Brul in conjunction with RIT's Saunders College of Business. The award is presented annually to an individual or business that has improved the economic life of Greater Rochester or whose innovation management skills have changed the course of an existing business.

This year, we will also be honoring RIT students with the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Student Entrepreneurial Award. This award is intended to recognize outstanding RIT undergraduate or graduate student(s) who have demonstrated the potential to become successful entrepreneursThe award recipients are selected by a committee of area civic and business leaders and RIT faculty. View past Vanden Brul award winners here.

2020 Student Finalist
Andrea Gonzalez-Esteche
Elise King
Hansel Leal

2021 Student Finalist
Hunaina Abid
Ben Garvey
Nikolas Kelly

Masking and Vaccine Update

Saunders College of Business is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable event experience for all guests. Your health and safety remain our top priority, and we will follow all current New York State event protocols. We welcome guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend this event. By registering you are attesting that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will follow all event protocols established by the RIT Safety Plan

Please note, per RIT’s Safety Plan all staff and visitors are required to wear face masks indoors at all times, except while eating or drinking. 

Gabrielle Harrington


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