Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sustainable University IdeaLab Workshop for College Students

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) are hosting the Sustainable University IdeaLab workshop Jan. 4-8. The large-scale operations of university campuses make for large ecological footprints. But their students are also a great resource of potential problem solvers.

The Sustainable University IdeaLab workshop will help students identify money- and energy-saving opportunities on campus, prototype and develop business cases based on the students’ ideas, and in some instances develop them into real commercial enterprises. The program will also provide student teams that come up with the best "commercializable" ideas with seed grants of up to $1,000.

“We are looking for potential entrepreneurs, problem seekers and innovators who are passionate about addressing critical sustainability issues on the RIT campus,” says Jon Schull of RIT’s Center for Student Innovation.

During the course of the five-day workshop, students will learn how to develop and commercialize products and innovations that promote and support productive and environmentally sustainable universities.

The Center for Student Innovation will hold informational sessions for students interested in applying for ETeam grants or the IdeaLab workshop from 5-6 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.

The cost per student is $100. The deadline application is Nov. 2. To apply, go to The IdeaLab is designed to help students form teams and develop new ideas focused specifically about sustainability.

For further information about the IdeaLab workshop click here. For more information about the Innovation Center and its programs, contact Jon Schull at

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