Venture Café featuring Ryan Watson

2017-01-10Join us Wednesday, January 18th!

Ryan Watson is co-founder and principal of Upsourced Accounting, a tech-enabled accounting practice in Columbus, OH and head of finance and operations for Ahalogy, a Cincinnati based startup focused on content and influencer marketing for Fortune 500 marketers. Watson is a seasoned entrepreneur with deep experience in the fields of finance and accounting.

Formerly, Watson served as CEO of Sqrl – a SaaS tool, incubated out of Upsourced Accounting. Sqrl, a venture backed graduate of the Brandery accelerator, received Entrepreneur of the Year EDGE Award from Ernst & Young and “Outstanding Emerging Innovation” honors from the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Watson began his career as a CPA at Deloitte & Touche focusing primarily on credit risk management, commercial and consumer troubled debt restructures, and regulatory compliance. Watson received his BSBA in Accounting and Finance from The Ohio State University.

The Center for Entrepreneurship hosts various Venture Cafes throughout the semester as a way to connect students with an expert in their field of study. They are a great way for business oriented students to learn the ins and outs of the various aspects of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Make sure to stop by the Living Learning Center next Wednesday to hear from an expert in accounting!

Upcoming Spring Semester Events

The Center for Entrepreneurship would like to inform you about some upcoming events focused around various aspects of entrepreneurship. These events are held as a way for students to engage with the community and help them make connections with experts in their field of study. They are also a great way to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. Here are a few of the events:

Wednesday, January 18th – Venture Café featuring Ryan Watson

Wednesday, February 8th or Thursday, February 9th – Meet and Greet with Konneker Medal Recipient

Wednesday, February 22nd – Micro-Brew Panel featuring Local Micro-Brew Entrepreneurs

Make sure you stay tuned for more information on these upcoming events!

A Matter of Legacy: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration


All month the Office for Diversity and Inclusion is celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy and we are too. These events will be held throughout the entire month of January and offer events for everyone. These are awesome ways to celebrate, get connected, and give back.

Upcoming Events

Check out some of the events coming to Athens this month. Hope to see you there!


ciderhouseCatch up with old friends and make new connections at the first Technology & Entrepreneurship Mixerof 2017. 
Join us Tuesday January 17 at 5:30pmat the West End Cider House for house-made cider, hand-crafted cocktails, and the most interesting people around!
To RSVP, click here.
WHERE: Innovation Center
DATE: Thursday, January 19, 2017
TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
We spend more and more time in front of a computer for work and personal needs. Couple that with the stress of work life, and we are finding that one of the largest complaints in health and wellness of employees is neck pain and tension. In this Lunch and Learn Michelle Stobart of Inhale Yoga Studio will talk about creating healthier habits for a happier neck.   She will talk about how posture impacts neck pain, and simple techniques for home or in your office to help balance the strain of the head on the neck and shoulders. This workshop will provide useful information to get you and/or your employees back on track to a happier, healthier neck.
This event is free and open to the public and free lunch will be provided.  To RSVP, please email Trenia by noon on Tuesday, January 17.  

Looking for STEM Students and Innovators


VentureWell’s E-Team program provides early-stage funding of up to $25,000 and cultivates opportunities for student STEM inventors and innovators to move ideas out of the lab and into the market.

The multi-stage program provides grant funding, immersive workshops, and coaching to help student teams realize their projects’ full commercial potential.
The application deadline to participate in the spring cohort is January 25.

Inventions and innovations of successful E-Teams have included:

·         Biomedical devices, health care solutions, or health-based technologies

·         Clean technologies, clean energy or sustainable materials

·         Technologies for low-resource settings (U.S. and/or globally) that address poverty and basic human needs such as affordable energy, clean water, health and medical devices, agriculture, IT and other income-generating tools

Learn about our past E-Team grantees and their innovations here.
Detailed guidelines are here and FAQ here.

Check out this quick video summary: Kinnos: E-Team Program

See some of our past E-Team success stories.eteam2

Entrepreneur Certificate

Empowering Students to Turn their Ideas into Action.

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is a great way for students from all disciplines to combine the information they learn in class and apply it into a job setting. It greatly helps students get the skills they need to not only start their own business, but to also build a great foundation for their future.

Certificate Overview:

The objective of the certificate program in entrepreneurship is to expose non-Bachelor of Business Administration students to entrepreneurship and to cultivate an “entrepreneurial mindset” within these students. A primary focus of the program is to allow the students to tailor the program to their individual program of study. Students completing the entrepreneurship certificate are prepared to assist other entrepreneurs in starting or running a business, or to contribute to entrepreneurial activities in established organizations.


Course Work:

MGT 3700 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship

MGT 3740 – Ideation and Business Models or MGT 3550 – Creativity and Innovation Management

MGT 3730 – Entrepreneurial Business Consulting or MGT 3735 – Entrepreneurship in Practice

Students must also complete two electives alongside of these courses. A full list of electives can be found at:


Career Paths:

Start-Up Entrepreneur: An entrepreneur that is defined as an individual who organizes or operates a business. Entrepreneurs are commonly seen as innovators and generators of new ideas and business processes. They are risk takers that convert an idea or invention into a business venture.

Social Entrepreneur: A social entrepreneur is a person who establishes an enterprise with the intent to solve social problems or affect social change. By seizing opportunities to improve systems, invent new approaches, and create solutions, social entrepreneurs change society for the better.

Unlimited Opportunity: In today’s marketplace, people with an entrepreneurial mindset are valued in all sectors. With an understanding of ideation and business models, leadership, and sales, you’ll be prepared to think differently, imagine new possibilities, and create economic opportunity.

Dr. Paul Mass, Associate Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, said “Based on my personal experience, there are opportunities in many different industries for students to monetize what they have learned. The certificate program was designed specifically for students who have talent and passion for a field, but do not have the skills necessary to start their own business. The program is a great way for students to learn some of those nontechnical skills that are required when becoming an entrepreneur.”

A Certificate in Entrepreneurship greatly helps students prepare for their futures. Not only does it cause them to think differently about problems they may come across, it gives students valuable skills that they can apply in their field of study. The certificate program also gives students the opportunity to work on actual entrepreneurial projects while they are still in school, allowing them to apply the information they learn in the classroom straight to their project.  Make sure you stop by the Center for Entrepreneurship to find out more about the certificate program, or visit our website at: