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We Made it Through Spring 2019! [Part II]

A follow up to our first review post, this one sums up the rest of our fantastic events. Thank you for participating, congratulations to our 2019 graduates, and we’ll see the rest of you in the fall!

Read about all of the Ain Center happenings from the second half of spring 2019 here.

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We Made it Through Spring 2019!

Through exams, extreme weather (snow in April??), and exhaustion, we made it through the spring semester. While there were some trying times (seriously, though, the snow in April), the Ain Center had an awesome semester with all of you.

Read about the Ain Center happenings from spring 2019 here.

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UB Case Competition

In April, Team Calorie Surplus – Xueying “Shelley” Chen, Carolina Lion He, and Shengyang “Shawn” Wu – participated in the University at Buffalo Case Competition, where each team was given a business case to solve. The team learned valuable lessons throughout the competition that they want to share with fellow student entrepreneurs.

Read more about Team Calorie Surplus’s experience here.

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5 Storytelling Tips

On Monday, March 25, the Ain Center hosted the third and final Mark Ain Business Model Workshop of 2019. Building on the fall Foundry Forum workshops, this series is designed to help entrepreneurs prepare for upcoming business plan competitions. This workshop – Startup Storytelling: Become a Master of Pitching – helped students learn about how to pitch a venture and tell a compelling story. We’ve summarized five key points. 

Read all five tips here.

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University Tech Transfer and Commercialization: Incentive, Infrastructure, and Impact

Technology transfers and commercialization can be huge components of university innovation. On March 9, Ain Teamer Vatsal Agarwal ’21 attended a conference at SUNY Brockport to learn more.

Read about Vatsal’s experience and his key takeaways here.

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Hult Prize Regionals 2019

Xueying “Shelley” Chen ’19 and her team, Boodana, competed at the 2019 Hult Prize regionals in Toronto at the beginning of March. Though they did not advance to the finals, they gained valuable feedback to make their venture ever better.

Read more about Shelley and her team’s mission here.

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Increasing Awareness about Education Disparities in the Dominican Republic at UR

Hector Castillo Carvajal ’20 recently hosted an event – Education Disparities in Developing Countries: What Can You Do? – to highlight the ongoing education disparities in the Dominican Republic. Through this event, he aimed to encourage his fellow classmates to become agents of change.

Read more about Hector’s entrepreneurial story here.

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Can Millennials Actually Change the World? A TEDx Talk

Daphne Pariser ’20 founded Humans for Education, an organization that partners with schools in developing nations to create sustainable, culturally-sensitive businesses so they can generate their own income to provide for students’ needs and help build strong communities. Daphne recently gave a TEDx talk in Rochester, where she discussed the opportunities millennials have to make a difference in their communities and beyond.

Learn more and watch Daphne’s presentation here.

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Highlights from Harvard Social Enterprise Conference – and How You Can Attend Next Year

A Brain and Cognitive Sciences major, Maria Connolly ’19 also has a passion for marketing and entrepreneurship. This March she attended Harvard University’s annual Social Enterprise Conference with Meliora LaunchPad, a student entrepreneurship club at UR.

Learn more about Maria’s experience with SECON and MLP here.

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5 Entrepreneurial Finance Tips

On Tuesday, February 26, the Ain Center hosted our second Mark Ain Business Model Workshop of 2019. Building on the fall Foundry Forum workshops, this series is designed to help entrepreneurs prepare for upcoming business plan competitions. This workshop – Money Matters: Funding Your Venture – covered a number of techniques and tricks for locating and securing funding for your project or enterprise. We’ve summarized five key points. 

Read all five tips here.