Spotlight: Meet Ohio University Consulting Fellows

The Ohio Center or Entrepreneurship has student organizations that are a great way to learn and practice entrepreneurship. We want to highlight one of them in our spotlight series. Reach out to Consulting Fellows and ask questions. Taking part in this organization is a great way to get on the path to success.

Consulting Fellows:

Have you ever wanted to gain practical and applicable experience in consulting? Work with real world clients, outside of the classroom? Or feel that sense of fulfillment from completing and delivering a solution to a project? Ohio University Consulting Fellows (OUCF) is a student organization which helps develop students in their professional, interpersonal, and leadership skills through consulting. The fellows work on real consulting projects which vary on a wide range of topics and industries. In the past, OUCF has worked with companies operating in the food industry, the consumer goods industry, the non-profit industry, and the educational industry, amongst others.

Ohio University Consulting Fellows interacts with multiple clients and engages in multiple projects each semester. Each project is separated into teams, and the teams are assigned a client. The projects usually last close to one semester in length; however, are extended as necessary. The final deliverable is presented to the client, and, on most occasions, the client implements the recommendations delivered by the Ohio University Consulting Fellows.

Since there is no current consulting track within the College of Business the projects allow students to gain practical and applicable experience to prepare them for the consulting industry. This experience is directly translatable on a résumé to applicable years of experience. Many other schools do not offer this type of experience, with the exception of Ivy League and private institutions. There is no better place on campus to earn consulting experience and prepare you for a job in consulting. This experience blows away recruiters and employers. If you are even considering a job in consulting, this is an organization you should consider joining.

Currently the Ohio University Consulting Fellows are hiring and accepting applications. In order to apply please send a résumé and cover letter to nf606010@ohio.edu.

Get your venture funded! Deadline October 3rd!

Get your venture funded

Have a great start-up that needs funding? VentureWell has funded many great start-ups, and they are looking for more great ventures to invest in. If you are part of a university-based, student-led team that solves important problems for people and the planet, and you want to create a revenue-generating approach to getting your product into the market then this is the program for you!

APPLY HERE for VentureWell’s E-team program

What are the benefits?

  • Up to $25K in grant funding
  • Training and coaching on commercialization and venture development
  • $50K investment opportunity for eligible teams
  • Entry into a network of like-minded student entrepreneurs
  • Access to experts, advisors, and mentors
  • Opportunity to participate in the national Open Minds innovator showcase

NEXT DEADLINE: OCTOBER 3, 2014

 

NCIIA is now VentureWell!

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:

 http://www.baylor.edu/business/entcwc/

 Or contact Marlene Reed at:  Marlene_Reed@baylor.edu