The Ain Center is partnering with RIT’s Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to bring a fantastic opportunity to University of Rochester students.  


Do you have an intriguing business concept with an early-stage business plan?

The Ain Center partners with the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to offer RIT’s Saunders Student Accelerator Program to select University of Rochester student teams. This program, run by the Simone Center, is a full-time intense summer-long commitment. The accelerator assists entrepreneurs and innovators in developing their business concepts to a point where they are ready to begin to seek investments. The program offers instruction across a range of subjects relevant to startups, including:

  • The business concept
  • Customer discovery
  • Business entity formation
  • Intellectual property
  • Pursuing investment capital

To be eligible, teams must be made up entirely of students and all members must still be students at the completion of the Accelerator. Teams must have a minimum of two students but no more than four students. Please reach out to the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation if you are interested in this opportunity!

For inquiries about this program, please contact Kathy Driscoll, Associate Director for Community Relations and Career Management. (


Contact Kathy Driscoll, Associate Director of Career Management and Community Relations.