Venture Café: an introduction to student entrepreneurship

What’s it take to be an entrepreneur? Student panelists shared their experiences with others at the Sept. 17 Venture Café. The first of the semester, the Venture Café is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. During each session, students listen to and interact with other students with similar interests.

“There are problems you experience every day. It might as well be you who solves them,” said panelist Alex Bill. The psychology and sociology criminology graduate co-created AssessAble, a travel accommodation site for people with limited mobility.

All the panelists passionately encouraged students to participate in next month’s Start-Up Weekend, 54 hours of great life experiences and memories. Whether you’re interested in entrepreneurship and have a great world-altering concept or are just curious, all are welcome to see what it takes to start a business.

Start-Up Weekend is an excellent opportunity “to learn about the business development process then apply it to your own business idea,” said panelist Daniel Williams, a plant biology graduate student helping to develop AnyVent, an interactive guide to event planning for beginners.

Panelist Daniel Williams talks about Start-Up Weekend

Panelist Daniel Williams talks about Start-Up Weekend

All the panelists during this session were participants from the Innovation Engine Accelerator’s 12-week boot camp, where they executed their winning business plans from last spring’s Start-Up Weekend.

Business majors and non-business majors can pursue an entrepreneurship certificate through the Center for Entrepreneurship. Luke Pittaway, director of the center, said that the certificate program assists those interested in making an impact on the world, no matter their background.

This year’s Start-up Weekend is open to all students and majors and will be held October 18-20. To register, contact Start-Up Weekend Info

If you have questions or want to get involved with entrepreneurship, check out the following:

Innovation Center:


Innovation Engine Accelerator Program:


Digital Media Incubator:                 


Center for Entrepreneurship:

Director, Luke Pittaway:


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