Crowdentials Rated Top Start-up in Cleveland

CrowCrowdentials started by undergraduate student Richard Rodman has been rated the number one start-up in Cleveland by TechCzar:

Crowdentials (www.crowdentials.com) offers a portal to help companies raise capital and ease the burden of complying with the JOBS Act by using an automated software solution. In essence, the portal is an investor verification platform, which makes it easier for small and less sophisticated individuals to invest in companies without the company needing to worry about federal regulatory compliance. Crowdentials received initial investment from Flashstarts and has now raised a second round of funding. This is a great solution to the issue of crowd funding that enables a new generation of start-ups to get the capital they desperately need.

Richard and his team recently received an investment of $300,000, which has allowed the company to grow. Richard’s service has been requested so often that they have not been able to do anything except rebound the requests. In this rapidly growing space, Richard will expand his team to reach his goal of being the main hub for regulatory compliance software for the JOBS Act. He has already captured the largest role in the investor verification space and hopes to bring on 5 more employees and expand our customer segment by at least 200% within the next year.

OUE Wins Outstanding Student Organization Award!

Congratulations are in order for Ohio University Entrepreneurs for winning The College of Business Outstanding Student Organization Award, which goes to an organization that has made a significant impact on the Ohio University and Athens communities, provided innovative programming, excellent recruitment and and development of members, and actively supports the mission of the College.

Pictured below is OUE President Taylor Van Neste and Alex Harshaw.

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Mike Kappel – “Give more than you take, and success will follow you.”

Mike KappelMike Kappel is an entrepreneur who graduated from Ohio University in 1980 with an engineering degree. As an 8-year-old, Mike told his second grade teacher, “I don’t know what I’ll be doing, but I will have my own business and I will someday be my own boss.” Knowing that he wanted to be an entrepreneur for as long as he can remember, he currently owns 5 companies (all of which he has started): Synergy Data Systems, Top Echelon Network, Top Echelon Contracting, Career Marketplace, and Patriot Software. You can visit charisholdings.com to see each company profile and learn about what each company does.

All 5 of the companies that Mr. Kappel founded have a few universal themes which stem from his passions and values. Since Patriot Software came from humble beginnings and overcame abundant obstacles, Mike has a huge heart for small businesses. All of his products and companies stem from this passion for small businesses and are geared towards helping small businesses reach their full potential. Mike says the most rewarding part about what he does is being able to help his customers, providing solutions to their problems, and being able to see his employees grow and be successful.

“I don’t know what I’ll be doing, but I will have my own business and I will someday be my own boss.”

When asked how he manages five different successful companies, Mike’s answer was simple “I’ve learned over the years to hire great people, really smart people, so then I surround myself with people who are better, brighter, smarter and faster than I am, and learn to let go of control and not micromanage them.”

Another piece of advice and something that Mike contributes most of his success to is the principle of tithing, or giving back ten percent of what you make back into your religious establishment. Mike goes above and beyond just giving back to his church, he also gives back to his customers by providing low prices and great deals. His biggest piece of advice? “Give more than you take, then success will follow.”

After talking to Mike it became clear that he loves what he does and that entrepreneurship comes naturally to him. An engineering background is an interesting asset to have as an entrepreneur, as Mike explained it helped him with thinking analytically and how to dissect problems and come up with solutions. The biggest thing Mike learned about business was that “you have to take a lot of risks in business, and you have to be comfortable taking risks.”

Mike has documented not only his business story, but also his business advice in a blog. This blog article is specifically geared towards an individual with a business idea. Check it out!

Learn more about Mike’s story and his current business ventures here: Patriot SoftwareBlogLinkedIn

 

Student Spurs Economic Growth Through Art with Sanaa Afrika LLC

Sanaa Afrika LLCA mother’s influence can be powerful.

For Ohio University student Philistar Bonyo, her late mother’s work with local artisans on Zanzibar Island in the Republic of Tanzania inspired Philistar’s venture, Sanaa Afrika LLC.

Sanaa Afrika LLC is a “fair trade company dedicated to promoting the growth of African economy through fostering of creative talents amongst African youth and preservation of African cultures and traditions.”

Much of the creative talents found in Sanaa Afrika LLC’s product line is art (“Sanaa” is a Kiswahili (Swahili) word meaning “art“). You can find art ranging from earrings and necklaces to paintings, kitchen products, carvings, and musical instruments. You can glimpse some of it–all of which can be purchased here–in the photo gallery below.

Bobcats Compete at Enactus USA National Competition

The Ohio University Enactus chapter recently participated at Enactus USA National Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. This competition took place April 1st-April 3rd.

At the competition, the team presented their projects on April 1st for the first round which was capped off with being awarded rookie of the year. Although they did not advance into the quarterfinal rounds, the team received great remarks from the judges, who were greatly astounded by the team’s great success in such a small window of time.

​This was a greatly rewarding experience for all students who attended and a great eye opener for future enacts members for the next National Competition.

Check out a gallery of pictures from the event below:

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Learn more about Ohio University’s Enactus chapter here, as well as their past projects: a food drive and a movement to end slavery.


Interested in entrepreneurship?

The Center for Entrepreneurship provides students flexible options for pursuing their dreams!

Learn more about the Major in Entrepreneurship and the Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

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An Open Forum for Engineering and Business Entrepreneurs!

Join Mike Giuliano for his lecture “Entrepreneurship NOW” on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm in ARC 314.

No suit required!

See more in the picture below:

Presentation to Engineering and Business Students

 

 


Interested in entrepreneurship?

The Center for Entrepreneurship provides students flexible options for pursuing their dreams!

Learn more about the Major in Entrepreneurship and the Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

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Join Us as a “Prospective Investor”!

Trade ShowIntroduction to Entrepreneurship students have been working on some new ideas and will be hosting an “investor trade show” on April 21st between 2:30pm and 4:30pm on the 3rd floor of the Baker Center.

 

They would welcome the opportunity to pitch their ideas to YOU, so come see the ideas and take the role of a potential investor.

 

 

 


Interested in entrepreneurship?

The Center for Entrepreneurship provides students flexible options for pursuing their dreams!

Learn more about the Major in Entrepreneurship and the Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

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