September 2019
RIT Venture Creations works with high-potential, technology-based startups to develop them into successful companies
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RIT Names Interim Director and Associate Director for Venture Creations
Venture Creations   has named upstate New York entrepreneur Peter Parts as interim director. Parts assumes the role from former director Richard Notargiacomo, who will continue his work with Venture Creations as a coach while he transitions into retirement.

Parts is the retired president and CEO of  Peter Parts Electronics , and a 1998 graduate of RIT’s Executive MBA program in Saunders College of Business. He is a past chair and current member of the Saunders’ College Dean’s Advisory Council, and is on the boards of the Flaum Eye Institute and InterVol, an organization connecting donated medical supplies to people in need around the world. 

In addition, VCI also welcomes Roy Pierce as interim associate director. Pierce, also a 1998 graduate of RIT’s EMBA program, has worked at Xerox Corp. as a training manager in the Technical Education and Management Training Department and was a former director of finance and operations for RIT’s Training and Professional Development Department (formerly the College of Continuing Education.) Pierce was also a founding faculty member of RIT Kosovo, developing and teaching courses in financial and managerial accounting. He also retired from the U.S. Army after 31 years of service. 
Where Are They Now?
Since Splyce graduated from Venture Creations, they have been working towards franchising leagues and securing larger investors. The company now employs approximately 120 people, more than half of which are coaches and players working worldwide. In the winter of 2018, Splyce was acquired by Overactive Media , bringing a wealth of experienced employees and experts to the team. With this acquisition came Toronto Defiant, one of the first Canadian teams for the Overwatch League . With this addition, Splyce is now the only company to have slots in all three of the top esports franchises, alongside Call of Duty and League of Legends .

In the near future, as the concept of location-based esports becomes more of a reality, Splyce plans to move towards stadium play so that the community can get more access to the teams and their matches. As the company continues to grow, they hope to see esports become a bigger part of gaming culture and the digital space as a whole.
When Optic Sky first graduated from Venture Creations, they only had 3 employees working primarily on film production. Since then, they have grown to a team of 17 and have expanded their services to include both animation and augmented/virtual reality divisions, making a bigger project scope accomplishable and broadening the type of clientele that they work with. 

Optic Sky hopes to continue to lend a hand to new companies who need a jump-start to send them in the right direction. While all three divisions are foreseen to grow sufficiently in the coming years, they are excited to collaborate with clients on AR/VR projects to solve problems in new ways. They are hoping that the work they do with this new technology can help set the bar for the industry as a whole, and establish them as leaders in the field.

Recently, Optic Sky has produced a successful advertisement campaign for Wegmans Meals 2GO in collaboration with RIT's own MAGIC Spell Studios. Check out the link below to see their work!

Since graduating from Venture Creations, Impact Earth has been quickly expanding not only in the size of their company but the size of their outreach. In 2018 alone, they launched an organic hauling and drop off service for Monroe County, gained twenty-one new employees, and prepared to open their second office in Chicago, Illinois. This new office has since been launched, and co-founder Cassidy Putney is optimistic about the new market for their services and the potential value of providing education and training in the area. As they grow, Impact Earth continues to work with schools and their employees, but are now providing products, tips and resource guides that are available to the public and fit every knowledge level. However, their expansion does not take the focus away from the communities they serve, as each area has its own specific needs and requires an understanding of the area, and Impact Earth wants to make sure those needs are continually met.

Impact Earth hopes to continue to change society and culture holistically. There is more to waste management than food and plastic, and Impact Earth partners with other zero waste companies to continue spreading this message. Keeping the earth clean is important regardless of political alignment because we all live here.
Other News
Molecular Glasses Honored as a FuzeHub I nnovation Fund Manufacturing Grant Awardee

Molecular Glasses has been named as one of the 2019 FuzeHub Innovation Fund Manufacturing Grant Awardees, and will receive a grant of $32,564. The Manufacturing Grants are designed to encourage collaboration between companies and non-profit organizations in New York State that work with the manufacturing industry.

In collaboration with the laboratory at University of Buffalo chemistry professor Luis A. Colón, Molecular Glasses will be developing a new environmentally benign purification process to be implemented in the manufacturing of novel Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) materials that are used in handheld device and television displays.
CTO of MICROrganic Technologies Selected as FuzeHub Millennials in Manufacturing Awardee

Brent Solina, CTO of MICROrganic Technologies (one of VCI's newest client companies), has been named as one of the 8 FuzeHub Millennials in Manufacturing Awardees for 2019. This award is for professionals under the age of 40 who are driving cutting-edge innovation and growth in the highly-competitive manufacturing industry. Along with a $1,000 award, winners will be invited to exhibit at the New York State Innovation Summit.