Innovator’s Hour is an RIT Research Organization dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship in all disciplines. The group is full of like-minded individuals who want to make a difference through innovating new products and services.
As a group, many different ideas are tackled with a hands on approach. Through the Simone Center and Construct@RIT, materials and tools are available to make prototypes and models. We help students with research into understand the feasibility of their ideas. This includes reviewing proposals, helping with pitches, and getting in touch with researchers in the appropriate fields.
Innovator’s Hour had many amazing projects come out of this club, including a few Tiger Tank winners! We are open to accepting new members at all times as our meetings are very fluid and open.
“Our mission is to offer a structured framework where enthusiastic like-minded individuals can meet every week, improve their network, discuss business and innovative ideas and progress their ideas with the help provided by the coaches associated to each and every willing member.” - Innovator's Hour President
Benefits for students include, easy access to business coaches from the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship along with much, much more!
FreeBrain: Free-structured Team/Solo Ideation & Networking
EntSkills: Identifying, discussing, and distributing best practices and skills needed for entrepreneurs
LeverRIT: Visit from/to on campus resources
EntreViews: Panel interviews with Entrepreneurs and subject Matter Experts
Joining us is a great first step in getting your idea made into a reality.
RIT and the surrounding community offer many resources for entrepreneurs and we want to help you get access to everything you need!
The Simone Center is a great place to start. Not only do they help support the club but they help hundreds of students peruse great ideas every year. They offer a variety of resources:
There are also a variety of grants and funding opportunities raging from micro-grants, for early ideas, to rather large. A comprehensive list of these can be found on the Simone Center's Grants and Funding page.
Another notable source of funding can be the Crowdfunding at RIT program. RIT works closely with students to reach out the alums and the surrounding community to fund their projects.
As for competitions RIT hosts, Tiger Tank, a pitch competition every semester. We have many members compete in this.
Other resources include IdeaLab, Design for Diversity, and other hackathons held at RIT to help students begin the ideation phase. For general project work check out The Construct @ RIT for all your makerspace needs.
Innovators Hour is run by students, for students. Many of us have had experience going through entrepreneur programs at RIT.
Justin Callaghan: President, 4th year Industrial Design
Annika Garbers: Membership Outreach, 3rd year Industrial & Systems Engineering
Cory Meyer: Resource Manager, 5th year Criminal Justice and Business Management
Cole Miller: Organizational Lead, 3rd year Biomedical Engineering
Mark Brown: Adviser, 4th year Industrial & Systems Engineering
We would also like to thank our faculty advisers:
Dana W. Wolcott: Lead Innovation Coach
Mike Buffalin: Director of the Construct
The best way to reach out is by contacting us on social media below.