RIT Entrepreneurs Conference!

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This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the annual Entrepreneurs Conference at Rochester Institute of Technology (a.k.a. A really good school), by the GCC CEO Club. The conference was a full day, starting at 8 in the morning, and running until 4 p.m. Let me just say, they packed A LOT into those hours!!

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The setup was really nice because everything was broken down into different sessions that you could choose to attend based on your own interests. I chose to attend “Curating the Successful Social Experience”, “Tiger Tank”, and “Creating a Digital Business.” In between the sessions there was a wonderful provided lunch, and a keynote speaker.

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The special keynote speaker was Robert Latorre:  Entrepreneur, Photographer, Director, Cameraman, Visual Effects Director, Systems Architect, yeah this guy wears MANY MANY hats! Latorre is an RIT graduate, and is now the president of BIG Fish Films.He designed and built his revolutionary Big Freeze system, which skillfully produced a cutting-edge frozen effect. It looks amazing! The Big Freeze can be seen in feature films, commercials, and even on the Red Carpet! Needless to say, I was very impressed!

Robert Latorre CIASRobert Latorre ladies and gentleman!rl1An example of the amazing Big Freeze system in “action.”

Okay, now back to the food! RIT was so considerate of us non-meat eaters, and provided super yummy hummus and feta sandwiches, with sides of fruit and pasta salad! Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the actual food, but look at the cute individual boxes the lunches came in!

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My favorite part of the whole experience had to be the Tiger Tank, based off of the show Shark Tank. On Shark Tank entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to venture capitalists to get funding. Tiger Tank was the same setup, except RIT students were the ones pitching the ideas. And there were some awesome ideas! My personal favorite pitch (and the one that WON), was a system called Shoraq. Shoraq will allow viewers of Netflix, Youtube, etc., to purchase clothing worn on their favorite TV shows, while watching the show!! I know, RIGHT?! This would be completely amazing!

shoraq1This type of service would be a real game changer. Right now all we have are websites that try to independently match clothing to what actors are wearing. Most of the time though their information is very limited, they only offer a few clothing items from a few shows, the problems go on and on….shoraq2

Just saying, if I had a million dollars, I would personally fund this project myself.

CEO Club group shot! Plus ME! 

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