Certificate in Entrepreneurship: An opportunity you can’t afford to pass up.

Have you ever heard about the Certificate in Entrepreneurship? If not you may be missing out on a really great opportunity. Advising for spring is coming up soon, so to highlight this great Certificate we will be posting a Spotlight article every week about the wonderful people and activities associated with entrepreneurship. Check out more details about the Certificate here.

But why should you be concerned about entrepreneurship? You might be a communication studies major, media arts and studies, or global studies major; so what is your concern with entrepreneurship? Well, the point of this certificate is to give you the skills to be able to navigate a business environment, and no matter your major or career goals you will work in, with, or around businesses.

Being able to navigate a business, or own your own business, or freelance with confidence is an invaluable skill set. The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is a perfect way to learn these skills. Even if your goal is to volunteer with orphans in the far reaches of a desert half way around the world or capture the beauty of the human element through photography, understanding entrepreneurship will help you be more successful. From earning money, to raising money, to investing money, having a background that includes entrepreneurship will empower you to be more independent and business savvy. Freelancing your services, owning your own business is becoming more and more prevalent, and the knowledge learned through this program teaches the essential skills necessary for success.

Sound interesting? Check us out. I promise you won’t regret it. Follow the blog to get updates about our Spotlight series that will highlight students, faculty, classes, and student organizations affiliated with the Center for Entrepreneurship, and articles about other events and news. Also follow us on twitter (@OU_CE) and Facebook (Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship) to keep up on the news!

Turn Life into Learning: Are you using every day to be a better leader?

According to an article by , $15 billion was spent by companies on leadership training in 2013. Leadership training is an important to organizations, because leaders are important to organizational success. But what if you could turn every day into a leadership training exercise? Check out this article to learn about how train yourself to be a better leader every day.

Investing in Local Young Entrepreneurs

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, also called YEA!, is an innovative program in Southeast Ohio that works with students ages 11-18 to help instill an entrepreneurial spirit. These students work with the facilitators to create and own a fully functioning business that can continue to operate after the program ends. Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship just donated $5,000 to this year long program that helps to get students thinking about all of the future possibilities for them. As they say, they want students to learn “how to make a job, not just take a job.” Read the full article here to learn about this great program.

Deadline Approaching! Baylor-USASBE Student Case Writing Competition.

The deadline for submitting a case is September 15th. Interested? This is a great competition to get involved in. Take a look at the following information to get the full details:

The Baylor University Entrepreneurship Program and USASBE are jointly sponsoring a student case writing competition in conjunction with USASBE’s annual meetings.  This is an innovative international event that supports and encourages students who wish to engage in case research and writing.  Submitted cases are suitable if they advance the field of entrepreneurship, broadly defined, and contribute to an understanding of entrepreneurial phenomena.  The cases must be original and unpublished, and their focus can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • New venture creation
  • International entrepreneurship
  • Small business management
  • Family-owned businesses
  • Minority and gender issues in small business and entrepreneurship
  • Venture financing
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Marketing in small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures
  • The launch and development of social enterprises

The cases must have no more than 4 student authors per case, and the students may be either graduate or undergraduate.  Accompanying the submitted case must be an instructor’s manual.  The format for the instructor’s manual is shown on the web site listed below.  With the submission of a case and instructor’s manual, at least one of the author(s) and a faculty supervisor must agree to attend the competition if the case is selected as a finalist.  Although faculty supervisors will register for the conference, student authors will not be required to do so.  Cash prizes for the winning cases will be $2,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place. 

Deadline for submission of cases is September 15, 2014

For further information about the competition, see the following web site:


 Or contact Marlene Reed at:  Marlene_Reed@baylor.edu

Don’t miss the first Ohio University Entrepreneurs meeting!

The 1st OUE Meeting of the year will be tonight at 7pm in Copeland 605!

Bring your friends to find out more about entrepreneurship and to get involved on campus. Be sure not to miss out on this great student organization.

The Lean Startup Conference – Summer Sale Ends Monday!

The Lean Startup Conference is coming up fast, and the summer sale price ends Monday. The conference is from December 8-12 in San Francisco, and it provides, not only a great networking event, but also an opportunity to find answers to the questions that entrepreneurs must face. There will be three engaging presenters attending to address a variety of issues.

Ben Horowitz of Andreessen will be discussing the question “What does the culture of a high-performance, high-growth team look like?”

Melissa Bell of Vox.com will talk about  getting products to market faster. Also there will be an in-depth conversation with Melissa about her own practices and challenges with Vox.

Seppo Helava of Nonsense Industry is a new face, but will bring life to the stage addressing the issue  of keeping up team morale in the face of adversity.

Find the link to registration here. Register before Monday to get a deal.



Konneker Medal Seeks Nominations

The 2014 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship is looking for nominations.

The award, named after Wilfred Konneker, was established to recognize current and former faculty members, students and alumni who have demonstrated excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship. 

Mr. Konneker is an Ohio University alumnus who was vital to the establishment of Ohio University’s small business incubator, the Innovation Center, as well as the university biotechnology spin off Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. Also, he helKonneker_Medal_web_3ped to design the Cutler Scholars program. Read the full article here.

The nominations for 2014 are due by Friday, October 31, and on December 1st the decision will be made. The Konneker Medal will be awarded at the Innovation Awards ceremony in the Baker Center Ballroom in March 2015.

Take the time to nominate some that displays excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship. This is a great way to recognize someone for their accomplishments. The nomination requires a letter including an optional appendix of supporting documents. This letter should take care to show why the nominee displays excellence in the aforementioned areas. Submissions should be sent electronically to Joseph Shields, Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, at research@ohio.edu. If you need more information or have questions about the Konneker Medal, contact the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity at research@ohio.edu or 740-593-0370

Do not miss this great opportunity to recognize someone’s achievements. “What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise — although the philosophers generally call it ‘recognition’!”” —William James