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Research & Academic Centers of Excellence

RIT has an abundance of research labs, innovations centers, and maker-spaces. Our centers of excellence can help you grow an idea, prototype a product, or build a commercialization system.

Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Established in 2007, the Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship has become a hub for hands-on, experiential learning at RIT. Through various entrepreneurial business offerings and events, students gain a first-hand understanding of the importance of innovation. Student entrepreneurs will be able to find help and guidance as they seek to realize their own ideas and projects.

The center is a university-wide initiative designed to promote, nurture, and expand activities, which support innovation and entrepreneurship throughout RIT. In turn, the center is bolstered by RIT's strengths in multi-disciplinary and experiential learning.

The Construct – All Access Makerspace

The RIT Makerspace is designed to serve the needs of innovative students seeking to create new products, inventions and applications. “The Construct” (located on the 4th floor of Institute Hall) enables RIT to foster students ideas and aspirations, especially if you are aiming to design, build, and realize new technologies or products that will impact the world. . The Construct is equipped with machines and tools for milling, cutting, circuit board fabrication, 3D printing, (e.g., rapid prototyping), etc.

The Construct is an area for functional prototyping, as well as cross-disciplinary collaboration. The creation of such workspaces has allowed students from any discipline to come together and create products based upon any innovative concepts they might have ¬– especially those that would benefit from interdisciplinary teamwork.

Clearing House for Access to RIT Lab and Facility Resources.  RIT operates a variety of design-related labs throughout the university. There is currently no clearing house mechanism to inform students when, or if, specialized labs are available for general use outside of an affiliated course. This lab will network existing labs and tool facilities, to inform students of open access times.

The RIT makerspace is designed to serve the needs of innovative students seeking to create new products, inventions and applications.

Venture Creations

RIT’s Venture Creations Incubator is a place where early to mid-seed stage companies can advance their concepts on the way to joining the ranks of profitable, viable businesses in New York State. Saunders students and faculty engage with VCI companies through Saunders Consulting Group, Capstone Projects, and provide additional real-world business exposure to the classroom.

Located just off campus at 125 Tech Park Drive, the incubator has been working with startups for 10 years. On-site staff assist VCI startups directly or put you in touch with RIT faculty, our service provider and investor networks, as well as students who can assist you with the development of your business.  In 2009, Venture Creations was awarded designation as a Clean Energy Incubator by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, one of five in the state, expanding our services to companies engaged in a wide range of clean energy businesses.  
 

Saunders Leadership Enterprise

Known across the globe as a world leader in career-oriented education, RIT has been setting an innovative pace for more than 180 years. And with the multiple resources, leading programs, and seminars available, the Saunders Leadership Enterprise at RIT can certainly meet your needs. From providing individuals and employers with the necessary tools, to experiential based virtual and in classroom workshops, teams of leadership experts will work with you to achieve sustainable results to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals, increase their bottom line and improve their effectiveness and productivity for sustainable success. 

Center for Urban Entrepreneurship

The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE), located in the heart of the downtown business district at 40 Franklin Street (the historic Rochester Savings Bank), will help reshape the regional economy and build wealth within the urban community by being the hub for urban entrepreneurial programs and research. CUE provides a viable and successful vehicle to develop a new culture of entrepreneurship in the region, with a particular emphasis on the most underserved populations in the nine-county region.
 

Institute for Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

The Saunders College of Business's Institute for Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, directed by Dr. Sandy Rothenberg, is dedicated to developing curriculum in the field of business and professional ethics, and to providing ethics related service to the Rochester community.

The purpose of these activities is to better recognize ethical dilemmas and the importance of engaging in ethically acceptable behaviors in an increasingly competitive global economy.