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

April 14th and 15th, 2018
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

Jeff Cruttenden

Looking to change the way young people invest, Jeff Cruttenden founded Acorns, a mirco investing business that rounds up credit card transactions to the nearest dollar and invests the change in diversified portfolios. Founded in 2012, Acorns has grown to over 100 employees and has aquired over $100M in funding from investors including Paypal, Greycroft, and Ashton Kutcher.

Robert Horowitz

After graduating with a degree in economics from Princeton University and working as an analyst at Merrill Lynch, Robert Horowitz worked at venture capital investment firms across the NYC area, including Gerson Lehrman, Four Springs Capital, and Spencer Trask Ventures. Today, Horowitz is the Head of Finance at Quip, the modern toothbrush start-up that's breaking social media and turning heads among investors across the east coast. Robert will also be a judge for the startup competition.

Christina Raia

Christina Raia is the Director of Crowdfunding at Seed&Spark, a platform that provides crowdfunding and sharing opportunities for independent filmmakers. Since its launch in 2012, Seed&Spark has raised over $11 million to make over 800 movies and shows with over a 75% success rate. Hear her story and learn more about the tips and tricks of crowdfunding any idea in her keynote!


Saturday, April 14th

10:00 am - Check In begins
10:30 am - Presentation and Kickoff
12:00 pm - Start-up Demo Day
1:00 pm - Lunch
2:00 pm - First Speaker
6:00 pm - Second Speaker
7:00 pm - Dinner

Sunday, April 15th

10:00 am - Day 2 Begins
10:30 am - Breakfast
12:30 pm - Third Speaker
2:00 pm - Lunch
3:00 pm - Pitches and judging
5:00 pm - Winners announced


Creating a Brand on Social Media

With hairstylist and media personality Stephen Marinaro, a.k.a "The Salon Guy"

Intro to iOS App Development

With Rithika Korropolu, former Google engineering intern and Vineeth Puli, incoming Amazon software engineering intern

Crowdfunding Your Ideas and Businesses

With Christina Raia, Director of Crowdfunding at Seed&Spark

Introduction to Machine Learning

With Aditya Shastri, incoming software engineer at MongoDB and director at HackRU

De-Stress with Arts & Crafts

With the wonderful members of the Rutgers Art & Design Club


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.