Building the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem

At a recent RocGrowth event, Marnie LaVigne of LaunchNY and Nasir Ali of Upstate Venture Connect described what their nonprofit organizations are doing to help entrepreneurs be successful in Upstate New York. (video)

An innovation showcase

The latest in optics, photonics and imaging technologies will be on display at Luminate’s “Light Tomorrow with Today” Demo Day. Slated for June 27, the startup accelerator program will also award $2 million in follow-on funding to its second cohort of startups.

A digital tool designed for doctors

UR graduate student Jesse Wang’s prototype of a virtual assistant for physicians, called the Digital Scribe, recently won the Audience Choice Award at the American College of Physicians’ Innovation Challenge.

Full steam ahead for Imagine RIT

Returning for its 12th year, the annual festival has become a major showcase for creativity, innovation and problem-solving involving science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.

The Luminate wager

Led by Sujatha Ramanujan, Luminate has the potential to further Rochester’s position at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies related to the manipulation of photons. If successful, it could silence skeptics who view the program as a passing fancy or believe the optics industry in Rochester is yesterday’s news.

Martin Babinec’s 5 keys to startup success

Entrepreneur Martin Babinec offered advice as the Spring Lecture speaker at the University of Rochester’s Ain Center for Entrepreneurship. His tips don’t include having a big idea but underscore the need to learn, give and deliver.