Experience Innovation Week 2018

November 12th-17th, 2018

About Rochester Innovation Week 2018

The week of November 12th is full of incredible events in Rochester’s ever-growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Rochester Innovation Week will be held in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, which was started in 2008 as a way to bring attention to those who are impacting the world, creating jobs, and improving human welfare. The startup community is coming together, and we hope you’ll join us to see all the innovation that’s happening right here in the city. From an Innovation Showcase to the Luminate Lightning Awards, from the Rochester Young Professionals Entrepreneur’s Expo to the Maker Faire, there truly is something for everyone.

Register for Innovation Week events below.


Innovation Showcase

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When: November 12th, 4:00-6:30pm
Where: NextCorps

Rochester entrepreneurs from NextCorps’ startup incubator, Monroe County’s The Entrepreneur Network (TEN), RIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE), Venture Creations, and the Tech Farm will display their innovations, and six companies will pitch their businesses. Technology trends, a brief talk by AT&T on mobile trends, get a peek into the latest in augmented and virtual reality from U of R’s researchers, who are putting people within concerts onstage, and enjoy a networking reception.

Luminate NY Lightning Rounds

When: November 13th, 9:00am-5:00pm & November 14th, 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: NextCorps

At the Luminate Lightning Rounds, 20 finalist companies from around the world will pitch to our panel of esteemed judges for their shot at one of 10 places in Luminate’s second cohort. While the 20 companies are pitching, we will be holding four panel discussions on: The New York OPI Ecosystem (NY Photonics and Successful Companies here), Rochester-Rich OPI Resources, Funding Opportunities in Upstate NY, and Perceptions from Luminate Cohort 1 Winners.

Please note: the Lightning Rounds and panels are by invitation only.

Luminate NY Lightning Awards

When: November 14th, 4:00-8:30pm
Where: The Dryden Theatre

Be part of the excitement as the semi-finalists give their fast-paced two-minute pitches to determine Luminate’s next cohort of innovative startups! If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket to Light Tomorrow With Today, you know this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Arrive early and get seated by 4:30pm. The Lightning Awards will start promptly at 4:30pm. The Awards will be followed by food, a cash bar reception, and the opportunity to tour the George Eastman Museum.

Space is limited. You must register to attend this free event.

Hardware Scaleup Kickoff

When: November 15th and 16th, 8:30am-5:00pm
Where: NextCorps

Hardware Scaleup is a new program that helps entrepreneurs develop a comprehensive roadmap for scaling their prototype product into a design that’s easy to manufacture and mass produce in New York State. The 18-month program will kick off with a two-day orientation. To learn more about Hardware Scaleup, visit the program website.

Please note: this event is for program participants only and is not open to the general public.

Rochester Young Professionals 8th Annual Entrepreneur’s Expo

When: November 15th, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: NextCorps

Rochester’s young business owners will be the focus of RYP’s 8th Annual Entrepreneur’s Expo!

Come meet 40+ entrepreneurs, startups, small business owners, and non-profit leaders. See what Rochester’s talent is creating and enjoy food, drinks, and networking.

Maker Faire Rochester

When: November 17th, 9:00am-5:00pm
Where: Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they do. From engineers to artists to scientists and crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to show hobbies, experiments, projects, and budding businesses. NextCorps will be tabling at the event, alongside area startups. For more information about Maker Faire Rochester, visit their website.