A college in Rochester, New York is opening an urban entrepreneurship center in downtown Rochester. Entrepreneurs like Bradley Sperling are excited by this news and the ability that it will provide to teach people how to run their own businesses.
Rochester Institute of Technology announced Monday that it would be starting an urban entrepreneurship center in downtown Rochester, New York. It will cost about $5 million to renovate the bank building that was donated to the institution to where the school wants it to be. Another bank currently occupies the building and will remain there during and after the renovation. The new center will allow local residents and students to experience the key parts of entrepreneurship and maintaining a healthy business.
The initiative is not a new concept, as the Dean of RIT’s college of business has pioneered similar projects at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The program in New Jersey helped to educate and empower over 100 new entrepreneurs in its first year of existence, and beneficiaries of the program have helped to revive businesses in cities like Newark, New Jersey. Entrepreneurs like Bradley Sperling are excited to see the program in Rochester garner similar results.
Though the school is known as Rochester Institute of Technology, the school moved out of Rochester proper in 1968. It is now located in nearby Henrietta, New York. The establishment of the new entrepreneurship center has been hailed as a return of the school to Rochester. Local residents and school officials alike both praise the move to bring RIT back to Rochester. Bradley Sperling and other entrepreneurs know that the key to good entrepreneurship is being involved in the community.
Rochester Institute of Technology was established in 1829 in Rochester, New York as the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute. The name was changed to its present form in 1944 and the campus was relocated to nearby Henrietta in 1968. It acquired neighboring colleges in the 1970’s to come to its current size. It started offering PhD programs in 1990 and was the first school to offer an undergraduate degree in software engineering. The establishment of an urban entrepreneurship center is just another glorious chapter in the school’s rich history.
Bradley Sperling is an entrepreneur and radio professional. He started RadioShowPro.com and strives to inspire people to either become entrepreneurs or radio DJ’s themselves.