Ain Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester

The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester is an interdisciplinary center that educates the University and Rochester communities on developing and applying an entrepreneurial mindset via training programs and other offerings.


The Ain Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester serves to identify and create new partnerships with students, alumni, local businesses, and non-profit organizations; coordinates and publicizes school-based learning 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 and within the region.

Additionally, the Ain Center leverages the reputation of the University to maintain and expand upon the entrepreneurship opportunities and education for UR students, faculty, staff, alumni, and for members of the Rochester community.

Through training programs like the Buzz Lab Boot Camp, interactive workshops held throughout the year, and ongoing programs like the Experts-in-Residence office hours, the Ain Center allows constituents to build skills, connect with fellow innovators, and gain access to resources and networks that will help grow their entrepreneurial ventures. These offerings contribute to the region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, and connects students to the Rochester community and beyond.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Grant Funding

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Recruiting
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship and Co-op Programs (Specialty)
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education
  • Student Placement
  • Student Training (Specialty)
  • Business Degree Program

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Life Sciences Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Student Marketing Projects


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Product Development

  • R&D Support

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Pitch Events
Contact Information
Natalie Antal
1-211 Carol Simon Hall
RC Box 270360
Rochester, NY 14627