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Ain Center for Entrepreneurship

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At the University of Rochester, we focus on a broad definition of entrepreneurship: the generation and transformation of ideas into enterprises that create value—and that value can be economic or social. More than a discrete set of business skills or practices, entrepreneurship is a calling that can be pursued in many realms of experience and achievement. A core value of American culture, entrepreneurship uniquely combines the visionary and the pragmatic. It requires both individual initiative and knowledge and, through awareness of markets, attention to the needs of others. Entrepreneurship is a way of thinking, an approach to problems, an attribute of mind, and even a trait of character. It is a science and an art; entrepreneurship is a primary way in which a free society grows and improves not only its economy, but its cultural and social life as well.

The Center for Entrepreneurship was launched by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation grant awarded to the University in 2003. It was renamed the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship in 2015 in recognition of Mark S. Ain ’67S (MBA) and his wife Carolyn Ain for their visionary leadership and support of entrepreneurial students University-wide. The Ain Center serves to identify and create new partnerships with students, alumni, local businesses, and non-profit organizations; coordinates and publicizes school-based experiences, including courses and signature programming; informs faculty of grant and bridging fellowship opportunities; and encourages collaboration among the schools engaged in entrepreneurship education at the University of Rochester.

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Upcoming Events

Mark Ain Business Model Competition: Semi-Final Presentations and Judging

Watch as the 10 semi-finalist teams present their ventures to distinguished judges. The top five teams will advance to the final round of the Ain Competition...

Friday, April 30 4:00pm
Mark Ain Business Model Competition: Final Presentations and Judging

Watch as the 5 finalist teams present their ventures to our distinguished judges. Top teams will earn cash prizes! The Mark Ain Business Model Competition...

Wednesday, May 12 4:00pm
Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition: Presentations and Judging

Watch as undergraduate engineering and applied science students compete for cash prizes and present their technical business plans to a panel of technical...

Saturday, May 15 2:00pm

Recent Events

Webinar: Resources for URMC Innovators

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

e5 Program Information Session

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

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