Emily Wozniak might be focused on a career in music but it was her business plans for the future – not the nimbleness of her fingers over an instrument – that won her a statewide award.
Six University of Rochester teams will advance to the New York Business Plan Competition statewide finals in Albany on April 26, where they will compete for $225,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. These teams represent diverse disciplines, hailing from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Eastman School of Music, the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Simon School of Business.
Each stage of Scott Catlin’s career has taken him in a slightly different direction, but, as a whole, it amounts to an ideal path leading to his new role as vice president for innovation and technology commercialization at the University of Rochester.
There are a handful of cities we think of, when we think of high-tech innovation and startups: San Francisco, New York, London, Bangalore, Tel Aviv . . . but today, high-tech development has been democratized. Easy and cheap availability of cloud-based resources, sophisticated telecommunications tools, platforms-as-a-service and lean models that accelerate the development and deployment process, and – sorry, California – a net outmigration from traditional tech centers, has already started to shift high-tech development to the most unlikely places.
UR Entrepreneurs is an undergraduate club that promotes the development of new enterprises on campus and the Greater Rochester area.
Back in the mid-1990s, when Mark Gentile was starting his software business, potential investors reminded him that many startups fail. They asked about his backup plan.