BMEidea Competition

Attention biomedical and bioengineering students! Do you have a solution to a real world medical problem? You could win up to $10,000 in BMEidea competition.

BMEidea is a premier competition in the nation that focuses on health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need. The top prizes are $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500.

The deadline for entries is Friday, April 4, 2015. The award ceremony is in June of 2015.

Entries are judged on:

  • technical, economic and regulatory feasibility
  • contribution to human health and quality of life
  • technological innovation
  • potential for commercialization

There is an additional competition for undergraduates specifically called BMEStart. The deadline for this competition is May 22, 2015.  For more information click here.

Marketing Symposium feat. Papa John’s!

marketingThe Ohio University’s Marketing Department is hosting the Marketing Symposium 2015 featuring keynote speaker John Schnatter, Founder and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza. The Symposium will be held Thursday, March 26th, 2015 from 10:00am to 4:20pm in Walter Rotunda.

Papa johnsThe Keynote Speaker & Exclusive Networking Lunch (proceeds benefit AMA-Ohio Chapter) are SOLD OUT. However, all afternoon sessions are free. The information from these presenters will be invaluable. Join everyone for a fun day learning through some great speakers.



Become an Emerging Leader!

The College of Business boasts multiple impressive leadership opportunities. However, to increase student involvement and access, another program is being added! Check out the new Emerging Leaders program that will be offered next year. Don’t miss out on this transformational opportunity to get involved at Ohio University. The College describes this program as “a new academic program offered to students with good academic performance (approximately 3.0 or higher) combined with an interest in growing their leadership and career portfolio.” The specifics are as follows:

  • One-year program targeted to current sophomores beginning their junior year. Current juniors may be considered if they recently transferred into the college.
  • The goal is to provide students who missed admission to other selective programs or recently transferred, the opportunity to participate in a selective program focused on career and leadership development.
  • Students selected will participate in a two-credit hour course each semester next year.
  • Students will also be expected to be actively engaged in the speaker series and other out-of-class opportunities offered.
  • Candidates for Emerging Leaders cannot be part of Select Leaders, HTC, or the College of Business Honors program.

If you are interested, please keep your eye out for upcoming information via email.

Successful Startup Weekend!

Photo Credit: Startup Weekend Facebook page

Photo Credit: Startup Weekend Facebook page

The Center for Entrepreneurship sponsored Startup Weekend, and we are happy to say the event was a success! An exciting, fast paced weekend, there were 32 attendees bustling around pitching upwards of 20 plus ideas with 8 total sponsors supporting this amazing event.

This 54 hour event centers on developing an idea with potential. Teams are formed around ideas, and startups are formed around ideas. The weekend is full of excitement and innovation. There are hundreds of Startup Weekends held around world each year. Ohio University’s Innovation Center hosts the Athens event, which attracts amazingly talented individuals each time.

A panel of judges vote on which idea to award the top prize. Subbit, the newest winner, was awarded $3,635. This business would connect people looking to sublease with people looking for subleasers and facilitate secure payment. Subbit’s creators are Phillip Cook, Drew Harper, David Alexander, Yonry Zhu and Marcus Yeagle.

The second place went to a Smart Headband which would alert athletes to potential concussions in real time and was awarded $1,920. And the third place was awarded to Job Flirt which connects millennials with employers that want to hire them and was awarded $670.

Check out the next Startup Weekend! For more information check out the article from the Office of Research Communications and from the Athens Messenger.


Schuneman Symposium: Communication Action Heroes


Artist: Sandy Plunkett

“This year’s Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism & New Media celebrates entrepreneurs, the Communication Action Heroes of our time. In short, they are the ones who invent and reinvent media and the enterprises that turn ideas into business models.”

The event is March 24-25th at Baker Center Theater, and admission is free to the public. Check out the speakers at this exciting event, and read more about the details here!

Stev Guyer Spoke at Ohio University

Not your typical entrepreneur, Stev Guyer is the co-founder of Shadowbox Live, a performing arts non-profit in Columbus. Stev spoke to Entrepreneurship students at Ohio University last Monday.  With long silver hair pulled into a ponytail and battered cowboy boots, Guyer evoked Neil Young more than, say, Bill Gates.  Which is in many ways appropriate.

Guyer got his start in business in a rock band at the age of 16.  “It turns out that everybody [in a band] is either drunk or stoned,” says Guyer, “which is not a useful way to do business.”  As the sober band member, management duties fell to Guyer.  He credits the early oversight of band finances, travel, equipment logistics, and performance details with making him a leader and entrepreneur.


Photo courtesy of Ohio University/Alex Cenci

When he tired of the musician’s life, or when disco took away market share—“disco is an evil”—Guyer sold life insurance, and then started a landscape-design company, despite having no experience.  But the pull of the arts remained, and, as Guyer says, “I can’t afford to put my reality into someone else’s hands.”  So he wrote a rock opera.  Dawn of Infinite Dreams premiered in 1989.  “It was awful,” Guyer says.  “It just sucked so bad.”  Despite his assessment, the production gave Guyer’s fledgling company a toehold in the industry, and inspired Guyer to do better.  “It’s not good enough to be good enough [in business],” he says, “you have to be awesome.”

Today, Shadowbox is the largest residential theatre company in the U.S.  It offers an eclectic mix of entertainment, including rock operas, live music, stand-up comedy, and sketch comedy.  It boasts more than 60 troupe members and a dedicated audience.  The organization also actively seeks opportunities to serve the community through partnerships with schools, civic organizations, and musicians.  Perhaps most importantly in an era when arts are routinely trimmed from slim budgets, Shadowbox is viable.  According to its website, the organization is  “a healthy, vibrant, self-sustaining arts organization.”  Guyer makes sure it stays that way by paying as much attention to finances as to the productions.  “I don’t care what kind of organization you’re talking about, [creditors] want to know you can pay the damn bills.”

This entrepreneur harps on the importance of the “art of conversation.” He says this is one of the most critical skills a program at a university can teach—how to have an intelligent conversation. “The theater business is hard!” he said at the dinner before his presentation. People need a mental, emotional, and physical toughness.

When asked what the most important lesson for entrepreneurs to learn, Guyer immediately responds, “Don’t be afraid to fail! F**k up big!  If you’re not screwing up you’re not learning.”  Bill Gates and Neil Young would likely agree.