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.

Agriculture startups from granola to cannabis

Entrepreneurial journeys can inspire other business owners, creating a community that celebrates innovation. Listen to a conversation with two agricultural entrepreneurs Michele Liddle and Zach Sarkis.

A conversation with the inventor of the digital camera

Kodak engineer Steven Sasson’s invention of digital photography and its aftermath still have many lessons for Rochester today. As Sasson says in an audio interview with the Beacon, nothing is forever, big changes are inevitable—and seemingly minor projects may someday become the basis for giant new industries.

A different growth model

Rochester has a number of nonprofit business incubators designed to assist fledgling firms. Now, two for-profit businesses—Innovative Solutions and Envative—are getting into the game.

Saving laser research

It was only a few months ago that the University of Rochester’s Laser Lab was uncertain about its future. Now, it has joined eight other high-intensity laser facilities tasked with restoring the nation’s competitive edge in laser research.