4 Different competitions, which one is for you?


Nano Startup Challenge

Deadline: February 11th, 2016

Host: The National Cancer Institute’s Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer and Center for Advancing Innovation

Overview: Nanotechnology is the next frontier in cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment. There are many discoveries in nano technology and this competition will help to accelerate the development and commercialization of the inventions. This competition will feature 8 NIH intramural inventions that can “be applied to cancer interventions, are important to public health, and have commercial viability.”

As a team you will select one of these inventions, or a alternative commercially viable cancer-related nanotechnology, and build a startup based business for the invention.

Interested? Check it out here!


Space Race

The SPACE RACE Challenge

Deadline: March 27th, 2016

Host: NASA and Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI)

Overview: Are you fascinated by the final frontier? This space based challenge is definitely for you. This challenge wants to encourage the creation and use of space technology and space technology spin-offs by entrepreneurs. In partnership with the CAI, the challenge will provide entrepreneurial teams will a portfolio of near-term commercialization technologies for the teams to then write business plans around. Seed funding and cash prizes are just some of the potential benefits of participating in this competition, because, I mean, you get to work with NASA’s space age technology. And that is pretty cool all on its own.

Interested? Find more info here!


Values and Venture Business Plan Competition

Deadline: February 15th, 2016

Host: Texas Christian University

Overview: Have an innovative idea for a for-profit company that can impact society in meaningful ways? This competition is looking for entrepreneurial undergraduates that are developing ventures that will have a positive impact on society.

Sounds like your ideas? Find more info here!


Rice Business Plan Competition

Deadline: February 19th, 2016

Host: Rice University

Overview: This competition is definitely for the big dogs! As the richest business plan competition, Rice definitely has a lot to offer when it comes to money and resources. If you think your venture can win at this competition, then you are one step closer to success.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Check it out here.





Startup Weekend!

Startup weekend

“Startup Weekend is Southeast Ohio’s Best Way to Learn How to Start a Business” reads the Startup Weekend’s website. Startup Weekend has the power to transform the entrepreneurial landscape of Southeastern Ohio as well as transform your own experiences with entrepreneurship. Come to the Innovation Center on Friday March 18th to engage in a high energy, creative, exciting entrepreneurial environment. Whether you have an idea or you want to hear other’s ideas, this is a great place for anyone and everyone to come turn an idea into reality.

Don’t wait, REGISTER HERE!

*The first 20 College of Business students that register receive a $25 discount! Just enter the promo code COB.*


Makeathon 2016

MP Comp


January 29-31, 2016 – Stamps School of Art and Design

An amazing opportunity is approaching. Get involved with the Makeathon, a 36 hour design competition. This competition will bring together the best artists, designers, engineers, and creators for a thrilling weekend of creativity and fun.

REGISTER NOW to get involved in one of these three competitions:

Design Competition

Fine Arts Showcase

Case Competition

Want more information? Check out the Makeathon page here.

*Case sponsored by National Instruments, centered around robotics, art, and design. Registration for this segment closes on Sunday Jan 24 at midnight. Specifics will be released to those registered

Fetishism in Entrepreneurship?

ChrisCrawOur own Dr. Chris Crawford co-authored a very interesting article that has been published in the Journal of Management Inquiry titled “Realism, Empiricism, and Fetishism in the Study of Entrepreneurship”. This thought provoking article encourages the field of entrepreneurship study to move on from philosophical debates over the definition of “opportunity” to further develop substantial theory. Congratulations to Dr. Crawford to this great achievement and a great article.

Check out the article here!

Center for Entrepreneurship SOCIAL!

Don’t miss the Spring Social where you can meet other future entrepreneurs and learn about getting involved with out student orgs! See you there for free pizza and free fun. 

When & Where:Social

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Baker 240

VentureWell, E-Team Grant


The E-Team Program provides opportunities for entrepreneurs still in college by providing early-stage funding, training, coaching, and investment. Check out this program here to find out more about how to become an E-Team and gain support developing your innovative ideas!

Apply by January 27th, 2016 to qualify!

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The E-Team Program offers:

  • Up to $25k in grant funding
  • $50k matching investment opportunity for select teams
  • Experiential training and coaching on how to develop your venture
  • Initial validation of your venture
  • Entry into a network of like-minded student entrepreneurs
  • Access to mentors
  • Opportunity to participate in our Open Minds event, a national showcase of student innovation