The intercollegiate entrepreneurship conference we've all been waiting for.

March 30 - 31st, 2019
15 Seminary Pl, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Great Minds Doing Great Things

RISE is a weekend-long innovation expo held by the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society at Rutgers University- New Brunswick. We bring together students across academic disciplines from universities around the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan area to build, network, and engage with some of the most talented entrepreneurs in the region.

36-Hour Start-up Competition

Gather a team and create a start-up business plan, pitch deck, and product demo in 36 hours. And pitch it to a panel of entrepreneur judges to compete for our first-place prize.

Keynote Speakers

Learn about the forefront of innovation by hearing from the entrepreneurs exploring it. It's that simple.

Demo Day

See some of the greatest start-ups coming out of Rutgers at our Demo Day event.

Student Workshops

Come learn from the brightest student instructors in our interactive student workshops. Learn anything from e-commerce marketing to JS frameworks and everything in the middle.

Keynote Speakers

David Khandrius

While getting a degree in Finance and Investments at CUNY-Baruch, David co founded his first business, a home improvement startup called BuilderBuzz. After moving on from that project he started Khandry Tech, a development studio that provided development, strategy and consulting to businesses. This was acquired in 2017 by JUICE, where he then became Chief Operating Officer. Khandrius' work at JUICE includes digital growth through modern media, and he has a tremendous body of work in web implementation and product consulting.

Abbey Perl

After struggling with bullying in school growing up, Perl sought to change education around bullying and other related issues. In 2016 she founded the Kind Mind Collective, a non-profit organization promoting kindness and compassion through education while integrating pop-culture. She has tremendous experience in utilizing empathy in entrepreneurship, and will be sharing her unique story and experiences with us in our keynote on Sunday.


Saturday, March 30th

10:30 am - Registration & Check In Begins
11:00 am - Presentation and Kickoff
1:00 pm - First Speaker
2:00 pm - Lunch
6:30 pm - Dinner

Sunday, March 31st

10:30 am - Day 2 Begins
11:00 am - Breakfast
12:30 pm - Second Speaker
1:30 pm - Lunch
2:30 pm - Pitches and judging
5:00 pm - Winners announced


Intro to Machine Learning

with Jhanvi Virani, RESident and incoming machine learning Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs & Nick Lusskin

Intro to UI/UX Design

with Shazia Mansuri, graphic designer and former UX intern at Google

Intro to Blockchain

with John Tabor, RESident and incoming software engineering intern at Wells Fargo

Empathy in Entrepreneurship

with Abbey Pearl, Founder and Executive Director at the Kind Mind Collective


If your student organization would like to be a part of RISE please email Jhanvi at jhanvi.virani@rutgers.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to participate in the start-up competition if I want to attend RISE?

Anyone student over 18 can attend, and participating in the competition is not required.

I'm not a member of RES or any of the RISE partners. Can I still attend RISE and participate in the competition?

As long as you're a university student over 18, you can attend and participate in RISE.

I don't live near Rutgers, is there anywhere I can stay overnight so I can attend both days of the conference?

Yes, we will accomodate for students that request overnight housing in their registration.

I'm not a business student or a coder! What can I do at RISE?

We're all about education and expanding horizons, and nobody needs to enter RISE with a predetermined set of skills. All workshops will be taught at the introductory level, so come eager to learn something new!

How do I stay updated on speaker reveals, partner additions, and other event changes?

Follow the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society on Facebook; we will be posting all updates on there.

Contact Us

If you have any other questions, message us on Facebook and one of our executive board members will get back to you as soon as possible.