Cameron Mitchell: “My goal was that by 35, I would be the President of a restaurant company.”

One of the nation’s premier restaurateurs, Cameron Mitchell, shared his insights with the Ohio University community on Monday, November 18th, 2013.

We recorded his talk so you can re-live your experience and/or watch again and again!

View the photo gallery of the event below!

Read the preview of his visit here.

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Better Blaster Bureau Enhances Humans Vs. Zombies Experience

Story written by Briagenn Adams

Humans Versus Zombies Athens Ohio

HvZ in Athens

Daniel Williams struck gold at the Ohio University Innovation Center’s Startup Weekend in October when he joined forces with three promising businessmen: Gary Grant, Christian “Rico” Sagardia and Jim Bruggeman. Gary, Rico and Jim came to the Innovation Center that weekend with a developed business idea. Their concept – Daniel said – was a foam dart blaster suited for adults to be used in the increasingly popular, Humans Versus Zombies (HvZ) game phenomenon. It didn’t take much convincing before Daniel was on board with their plan, and the Better Blaster Bureau team was born.

“Existing blasters are great for children, but they are underpowered for adults and difficult to upgrade,” Daniel said. “Our blasters will set the bar for performance and enhancement, so that our customers will always have a competitive advantage.”

Three of the seven Better Blaster Bureau team members are long-time participants of HvZ. HvZ is a group of mostly college students and young adults who use foam dart blasters in themed events. “HvZ is sort of like bringing a video game to life or acting out a zombie apocalypse,” Daniel said.

Gary and Christian of Better Blaster Bureau saw a growing trend among HvZ players: upgrading Nerf® brand guns to be used in “combat.” Just like in real wars, the quality of the weapons matters. By modifying over-the-shelf blasters, users can greatly increase the power and usability of the blasters.

“HvZ isn’t limited to Athens,” Daniel said. “With groups like HvZ at more than 600 college campuses in the U.S. and new Nerf® modification tutorials being posted daily, we saw the opportunity to make something better.”

In addition to Daniel, Gary, Rico and Jim, Jordan Borowski, Matt Forsythe and Jake Mobilian form Better Blaster Bureau’s entire team.

Because Better Blaster Bureau won the second place prize for Startup Weekend Athens, the Innovation Center offered them a six-month stay and access to all incubation resources. “I look forward to using the Innovation Center as home base as we develop and release our first product,” Daniel said. “The Innovation Center’s guidance will strengthen both our business model and internal operations so that we stand a better chance of making this company a success.”

In 2014, Better Blaster Bureau will build prototypes, reach out to potential customers, raise funds for manufacturing and hopefully begin to sell their products.

Above all, when Humans Versus Zombies starts up in the fall, Better Blasters Bureau would love to see people wielding their blasters to hold back the zombie hordes.

$15,000 is Up for Grabs for Social Entrepreneurs!

APTEAlleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship (APTE) is looking for social entrepreneurs to compete in their social business competition.

If selected, applicants will compete for $15,000 in prize money and present their ideas to a live audience of 1,000+ people at The Ohio State University.

The application deadline is January 30th.

For more information visit: http://aptesummit.org/business-competition/
Email any questions to: bizcomp@aptesummit.org

Travel reimbursements are available.

We Have a Semi-Finalist for the Ohio Clean Energy Challenge!

Ohio Clean Energy ChallengeArcher Technologies has been selected as a semi-finalist for the Ohio Clean Energy Challenge! Teams around the state submitted applications for this year’s competition on January 29th at Cleveland State University.

About Archer Technologies

Read the original article.

Archer Technologies recognized for developing range extender technology for electric cars

The student team, Archer Technologies, is the brainchild of Ohio University junior Austin Stahl of the Honors Tutorial College (HTC).  Stahl is majoring in journalism, and pursuing certificates in entrepreneurship and environmental studies.  During summer break, Stahl developed an idea to use solar panels on electric cars as a way to extend range.

With his return to campus in the fall, he recruited team members from the Honors Tutorial College and his entrepreneurship class. The team includes Noah Rosenblatt, who brings finance, management, and strategic leadership expertise.  Rosenblatt is an entrepreneurship major.  Austin Way, an engineering physics major, provides engineering support. Other team members include Alex Harshaw (media arts and studies and entrepreneurship), and Joost Lighart (international business).”

Read more about Archer Technologies and the Ohio Clean Energy Challenge here.

More on the Challenge

NorTech will be introducing the Archer Technologies team to their mentors through the Ohio Mentorship Program where they will be matched with experienced entrepreneurs and technical experts who will work closely with teams to refine and strengthen their business plan and investor pitch.

Each student team will present their clean energy technologies at the Ohio Competition, where they will compete for the $10,000 state prize, and a chance to compete for $100,000 and other prizes at the regional and national competition.