Undergraduate Student Groups
Meliora LaunchPad is a student run organization that aims to assist students in exploring entrepreneurship and provide a platform where students can initiate project ideas and work in team-based setting. Mel LP also connects students to relevant resources available on campus and in the greater Rochester community. The club aims to provide the personal development for members so that, upon graduation, they will possess self-confidence, business acumen, networking abilities, and passion to pursue their own entrepreneurial endeavors.
University of Rochester Consulting Group (URCG)
UR Consulting Group is a student-run pro-bono consulting service for the Rochester business community. They focus on support services for entrepreneurs, businesses, and non-profits, such as: business plan development, advertising, market research, and communication services that integrate the newest digital media and student innovation. The organization is comprised of undergraduate students interested in business challenges and helping the Rochester community. URCG completes project-based work leveraging the academic community, alumni professionals, Simon graduate students and local mentors. Additional services include: Market Analysis and Research, Promotional/Marketing Material Development, Advertising Campaign Development, Web Design and Business Plan/Model Writing.
Kwetu African Entrepreneurship
Kwetu is a student group run by a number of students from different countries in Africa. They plan events to support their innovative ideas to take back to their home countries. Additionally, this semester they hope to hold a small conference for African entrepreneurs.
Graduate Student Groups
Simon Entrepreneurs Association (SEA)
Simon Entrepreneurs Association is a student-run faculty, industry, and community advised organization, centered within the Simon Business School at the U of R. Founded in September 2005, the group holds this vision: “We declare the possibility of instilling entrepreneurship as a way of being in all endeavors and integrating students, faculty, alumni and external resources to create a platform for launching successful ventures and contributing to the development of a top ten entrepreneurship program.” SEA’s members believe entrepreneurship is a way of managing one’s life and resources to undertake new ventures. The main goal of SEA is to create an environment that fosters such thinking in all disciplines; to make it a reality, they set up a portfolio of academic, professional, and social activities that integrate entrepreneurial interests and resources from throughout the Rochester community. Additionally, SEA wishes to accelerate the rate of Rochester companies started per year, spurring economic growth in the region.
Simon School Venture Capital Fund (SSVCF)
The Simon School Venture Capital Fund (SSVCF) is an early stage student-run venture capital fund run by second year MBA students at the Simon School. SSVCF is an evergreen fund, initially funded by alumni donations. The fund is guided by an advisory board of successful entrepreneurs, VC investors, and accomplished professionals in other fields. The purpose of the fund is to create unique and experiential learning opportunities for students, with respect to entrepreneurship and venture capital investment. SSVCF provides opportunities for hands-on due diligence, interaction with entrepreneurs, presentations to advisory board members, direct participation in investment decisions, and ongoing monitoring and analysis of investments.
Simon Vision Partnership Program
The Vision Partnership Program at the Simon Business School is designed to foster relationships between students and the business community. Partners include companies of all sizes, nonprofit organizations, public institutions, the University, and Simon’s renowned network of alumni. It is a unique opportunity for students to work as a multi-disciplinary team and build experience by tackling real-world challenges.