The OU Entrepreneurs are on the move!

On March 19th, OUE set their sights on Cleveland for their second off-campus networking expedition. Following up from their previous trip to Cincinnati from the fall semester, ten of the organization’s entrepreneurial-minded professionals traveled to Cleveland with the intentions of connecting with resources, workshops and start-ups based in Ohio with time to spare for a visit to “the Q” for a Cleveland Cavaliers game. Lori Bentz, club treasurer and head organizer of the trip, created the two day agenda to do one thing: excite members about entrepreneurship in Ohio.

On Thursday, the OU Entrepreneurs met with entrepreneurial lobbyist and OU alumni Justin McCaulley, attended a start-up panel at the OSC TechLab, and participated in a persona workshop on-board LeanDog’s floating office with some new friends from Kent State University. Afterwards, the team retired for the day in a two-story home they reserved through AirBNB. Bright and early Friday morning, the OUE team was back on the road for a second panel at Flashstarts. The team was delayed after helping a man move his broken car off the road but managed to stay on schedule! Next they attended a luncheon with a select group of Greater Cleveland business owners before moving on to Launch House where they had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the in house venture experts after touring the facility. Finally, OUE ended their trip at the Quicken Loans stadium to watch LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Indiana Pacers 95-92! Here’s what a few of the participants had to say about their experience:

“It was an extraordinary experience being able to converse and connect with entrepreneurs in the tech field. They were supportive in their critiques of my ideas and inspired an increased pursuit of my business” –Chelunor Nwajei

“Meeting successful entrepreneurs and picking their brains in casual environments was really helpful. It gave me the push I needed to move forward with my own business plan. We spit that hot fire.” –Riley Cooper

“Phenomenal experience to meet with those who have seen success and know what it takes to get to that level. A must for anyone wanting to be successful” –Peter Shoup

According to Alex Kneier, the organization’s Vice President, this was the 2nd trip in the club’s “Triple-C” agenda. After visiting Cincinnati and Cleveland over the last two semesters, the entrepreneurs intend to visit Columbus in the fall and collaborate with Ohio State University’s Business Builders Club to strengthen the state-wide network of collegiate entrepreneurs.


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Flashstart Accelerator: Opportunities Available!


The Flashstarts Accelerator in Cleveland , Ohio is looking for startups! This is a 12 week program in the summer that works with developing startups. The startups have access to interns and support from world-class mentors. They are looking for software startups with a unique and problem based ideas. The best teams can receive up to $500,000 in additional funding and participate in a 9 month program. This is a great opportunity for potential startups. For more information on FlashStarts check out this video! Also, follow this link for information on the accelerator program.

The Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to recognize two of its own! 

Amelia Osiecki and Noah Rosenblatt received the William Day Award and the Award for Outstanding Student Innovation, respectively.

William Day Award

Named in honor of Dr. William Day, former dean of the College of Business, this award recognizes a student for outstanding academic achievement including multi-cultural experience and language proficiency.

Amelia Osiecki ‘15

Majors: Accounting/ Business Pre-Law major, International Business Certificate

Hometown: Avon Lake, Ohio

Amelia is a member of Select Leaders, and participated in the Global Consulting Program in Dijon, France.  In addition, she is a SOX 404 Fellow and the VP of Reporting for Beta Alpha Psi.  She supports the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for International Business as Accounting Assistant, where she assisted in the administration of the Brazilian MBA program and the residential MBA trip to Poznan, Poland.  After graduation, Amelia will begin her career at Crowe Horwath, LLP in Columbus.

Outstanding Student Innovation Award

Demonstrate contribution and success that are innovative or technology-related

Noah Rosenblatt ‘16

Major: Business Administration, Global Leadership certificate

Hometown: Shaker Height, Ohio

As an Honors Tutorial student, Noah undertook a project facilitated by the Global Health Challenge during the 2014 fall semester. Along with team members Seth Baker, Morgan Stanley, and Kate Clausen, Noah established a comprehensive solution to combatting malaria and other vector borne diseases in Guyana, South America.  The team developed a three-pronged strategy to address the problem: planting eucalyptus trees to repel mosquitos, introducing carbon nanoparticles into standing water to kill mosquito larvae, and starting a study abroad program to bring students to Guyana to work on culturally appropriate solutions to problems such as the degrading canal and dam systems. Noah’s other activities include Select Leaders, Consulting Fellows, and Phi Kappa Theta fraternity.

Enactus Students Recruited from National Expo

Enactus students are highly sought after by many companies. These high achieving students have the opportunity to meet with companies like Finish Line, Walgreens, and The Hershey Company at this year’s National Expo. At the Expo student will participate in a competition, attend a career fair, and network with many high profile employers. Check out Enactus to learn more about what they do. Below is the full list of companies interested in Enactus students:

  • 3M Company
  • ADP
  • Advantage Sales & Marketing
  • American Greetings
  • Avis Budget Group
  • BIC
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA
  • CHEP
  • Cintas
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Dot Foods
  • DSI
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Ferrero
  • Finish Line
  • Hallmark
  • Johnson & Johnson Consumer Sales
  • KPMG
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Microsoft Stores
  • MOM Brands
  • Mondelez
  • Newell Rubbermaid
  • PepsiCo
  • PMI
  • Rite Aid
  • Robert Half
  • Rubicon Global
  • Sealed Air
  • Southern Wine & Spirits
  • Synchrony Financial
  • The Clorox Company
  • The Hershey Company
  • The Schwan Food Company
  • Unilever
  • Vizio
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart/Sam’s Club

GenFKD’s “Art of the Pitch”

GenFKD at Ohio University will be hosting workshop for students that involves three up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Alexander Mendeluk (ABC’s Shark Tank), Bob Dalton (Sackcloth & Ashes), and Cody DeJardin (Perspectives Global) will serve as mentors and will discuss their experience, along with giving advice to other budding entrepreneurs at OU. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the stories behind the entrepreneurs’ businesses, challenges to achieving their goals and an in-depth look at the “art of the pitch.”

GenFKD fellow Tony Piccioni will lead an engaging fireside chat. The mentors will work with groups in an exciting breakout activity. And the audience will get to form “off-the-cuff” business that they will pitch. Don’t miss this fun opportunity to engage will inspiring entrepreneurs!


Wednesday, April 15th 

7:30pm – 9pm  

Baker Theater