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Through the Lens of Innovation: Global Entrepreneurship Week

The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship hosted a number of events for 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Week. Sam Howard, an MBA candidate and member of the Ain Team, attended many of the programs and participated in the inaugural Creative Collision Challenge.

Sam shares some of his insights from the week here.

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Hult Prize @ UR 2018

Sara Anis, a University of Rochester junior, served as student director of the Hult Prize @ UR competition this fall. Sara organized the on-campus event and prep sessions to help teams get their presentations ready for judging.

Now that the Rochester competition is complete, she has shared some insights on her experiences.

Read more about Sara and the competition here.

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SASE National Conference and SASEtank

Gazi Mahir Ahmed Naven ’19 recently attended the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) National Conference. During the conference, he and his team also competed in SASEtank – a pitch competition, where they presented UPTICK, a data-driven affordable marketplace for student essentials.

Read more about his experience here.

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NYC Startup Trek

This fall, the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship partnered with the Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections to facilitate an entrepreneurship trek to New York City. A small group of students and staff travelled to a number of startups and scaled companies over two days in October to see how innovation functions in different settings. MS in TEAM student Akshay Rajput shared some insight on the trip.

Read more about Akshay’s journey here.

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5 Tips for Customer Discovery

On Monday, October 22, the Ain Center hosted the second Foundry Forum, a new workshop series designed to train entrepreneurs. This workshop – The Voice of a Customer: Shut Up and Listen – covered a number of techniques and tricks for interviewing customers to determine market needs at all stages of your venture. We boiled down the workshop into a few key points.

Read all five here.

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Trekking NYC with Startup Fever!

This fall, the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship partnered with the Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections to facilitate an entrepreneurship trek to New York City. A small group of students and staff travelled to a number of startups and scaled companies over two days in October to see how innovation functions in different settings. MS in TEAM student Lani Chau wrote about her experience on the trip.

Read more about Lani’s journey here.

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Congratulations, Kate Cartini!

One of our fantastic Experts-in-Residence, Kathryn Cartini, has been named one of The Business Journals’ “Influencers: Rising Stars” for 2018.

Learn about Kate’s background and award here.

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An Awesome Opportunity: NSF I-Corps Programs @ UR

The University of Rochester supports the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Programs and, in honor of the upcoming short course, here’s an overview of what the Ain Center runs and how these programs can help launch your venture. 

Read more about the University’s offerings here.

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Meliora Weekend 2018

We gathered to laud the history of entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester during the 2018 Meliora Weekend (a sort of homecoming and reunion celebration). Entrepreneurship has been around U of R for 40 (40!!) years. From a panel discussion to the Board of Trustees dinner, innovation was front and center throughout the weekend.

Read more about the celebrations here.

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Top 5 Team Building Tips

On Thursday, September 27, the Ain Center hosted the first Foundry Forum, a new workshop series designed to train entrepreneurs. This workshop – Opposites Attract: Turning a Group of Strangers Into a Team – covered a number of techniques and tricks for finding a group of people you want to work with and how to keep those relationships strong. We boiled down the workshop into a few key points.

Read all five here.