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ThermApparel partners with MS Foundation to provide cooling vests to people in need
ThermApparel  designs lightweight cooling vests and has announced a partnership with  MS Focus: The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation  to provide the garments free of charge to people living with multiple sclerosis who meet certain income requirements.   People can apply to the MS Foundations’ Cooling Program between February and June. If selected for the program, they can choose cooling garments from one of three providers, including ThermApparel. 
     What started as a multidisciplinary student project in 2015 through RIT’s Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has quickly developed into a viable business with the cooling vests being sold in 40 states and in nine countries. The company is also expanding to market to customers who are heat sensitive due to medical drug side effects, hormonal imbalances, traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders.
Token receives major investment from Empire State Development
A 2017 graduate of  Rochester Institute of Technology ’s  Venture Creations  technology business incubator is the recipient of a major investment from Empire State Development. Token , an identity technology start-up founded by RIT alumni Melanie and Steve Shapiro, will receive up to $1.75 million through the New York State Innovation Venture Capital Fund.
Other News
Darkwind Media launches Wulverblade
A graduate of RIT Venture Creations, Darkwind Media , has officially launched their game Wulverblade on PS4, Xbox One, Steam and Nintendo Switch. Wulverblade was available to the public starting on Jan. 31, 2018 and has received outstanding reviews. “Wulverblade is an absolute masterpiece.” said Nintendo Report.
Molecular Glasses receives patent
Molecular Glasses, a NYSERDA sponsored clean energy incubator, receives U.S. Patent for Non-Crystallizable Organic Semiconductors. Rochester, NY - (January 4, 2018) - The U.S. Patent Office has awarded patent no. 9,859,505 to Molecular Glasses, Inc. for "Charge-transporting molecular glass mixtures, luminescent molecular glass mixtures, or combinations thereof or organic light emitting diodes and other organic electronics and photonics.
Company Spotlight
Connexus  is a heating and cooling control and monitoring company that offers a suite of products designed to simplify the installation of any HVAC system and create unique whole-home solutions. The company offers a Internet of Things (IoT) platform for HVAC contractors that streamlines installation, maintenance and management for customers—while reducing costs, time and energy consumption. Connexus targets the HVAC needs of larger homes, smaller commercial buildings and structures with multiple heating zones or complex mechanical rooms. 
       According to founders, Connexus is the first to the market and is completely modifiable after installation. The system also alleviates current industry problems including high engineering costs, lack of comprehensive controls, and poor system performance, among others. Brandon Hudson, CEO and a fourth-year individualized studies major at RIT, says it also reduces the end-cost and gives contractors never before seen access to HVAC systems.
      “The heating and cooling space is really divided,” said Hudson. “There are higher end systems that are fully automated. The need comes in the middle space where we are able to provide a powerful platform that scales across building size, standardizes the whole install process and enables it on your phone. We are able to program all of our components so that they work well together. More importantly, we are meeting the needs of our customers and our product is reliable. The product is targeted to contractors because of their deep understanding of HVAC and supports a model of real-time tuning and maximizing equipment efficiency. And Hudson says that the goal is to offer a platform where consumers have the right “tools” and are allowed to take control of them using their smart-phone applications. For customers concerned about aesthetics, the company’s products support “hidden” thermostat sensors that blend into walls. 
Venture Creations Events
Imagine RIT
When: April 28th 2018, from 10am to 5pm
Where : Throughout the RIT campus, Venture Creations will be in the Simone Center.
What: Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival is a campus-wide event that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff.