The Idea Factory: A Think Tank Experience

Register today!

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Want FREE expert advice on your big idea?

Participate in the Shark Tank Proposal Pitch on February 28.

Proposal guidelines can be found here.

Submissions due Tuesday, February 25. Email your proposal to


Vote for Archer Technologies!

Clean EnergyOnce again, UCEAO is sponsoring a Viewer’s Choice Contest on their Facebook page. On the UCEAO Facebook page, look for the yellow star with the word “contest” below and vote* for your favorite team. (psst vote for Archer Technologies, OU’s entrant in the contest!)

The contest is open until Tuesday, Feb. 25, but the results will only be visible through Feb. 22, so the teams won’t know who has won the $1,500 until the Awards Ceremony at the competition on Feb. 28.


*you must “Like” UCEAO before submitting your vote.

Support Enactus On 2/20!

Enactus|OU was awarded a grant from the Campbell Soup Company and General Mills to work with the Athens Community Food Initiative.

They are having a fundraiser on February 20th to raise money to help address local hunger.

Support these young entrepreneurs as they strive to support the community!

Locations & Times

Ridges, Building 19, Room 102 from 10 am to 5 pm

Irvine Hall, Bricks from 12pm to 3 pm

More Information


The reddit Alien is Now 3D!

When Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of, arrives in Athens this month, he will be greeted by a familiar face: Snoo, the reddit alien.

Snoo will be on hand courtesy of Ohio University’s new 3D printer, located at the Innovation Center. The 3D printer was used to “print” a copy of the mascot. Programmed with design and dimensions found on a free online database, the machine printed Snoo in 19 hours.
But Snoo will be busy between now and Ohanian’s arrival.

The Center for Entrepreneurship is placing Snoo at various locations around campus and posting pictures of him on its blog ( and Twitter feed (@OU_CE). Students who recognize Snoo’s location can e-mail their answers to to win #OUreddit t-shirts.

The 3D printer was purchased in the summer of 2013 for $250,000, funded by a variety of university schools and agencies. To date, 30 projects have been completed over a span of hundreds of hours. The printer can be used for rapid and precise prototyping, creating pieces which cannot be accomplished with traditional prototyping methods. The printer has a maximum size of 13 inches square by 8 inches high and uses a curing process that takes thousands of layers of liquid plastic and turns it into a solid in milliseconds.

For more information about the 3D printer or to schedule a project, contact Joe Jollick, 3D lab director, at (740) 593-1818 or or read about it on the 3D’s lab website.

The Innovation Center and the Center for Entrepreneurship are co-sponsors of Ohanian’s visit to campus on Feb. 24. Ohanian is on a five-month tour of college campuses sharing his entrepreneurial wisdom through his book, Without Their Permission.

To register for the reddit event, click here. Limited seating available.

Alexis Ohanian to Visit OU Next Monday

Watch, read, enjoy more information on the #OUreddit visit here.

Read full story here.

Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of, is coming to Ohio University Monday, Feb. 24, as a part of the Center for Entrepreneurship’s Guest Lecture Series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in Walter Hall Rotunda. Registration is free; limited seating available.

“This isn’t just my story, it’s the stories of your successful alums as well as current students, all learning from and contributing to the greatest platform for ideas the world has ever seen (the Internet),” Ohanian said in a press release.

“What a wonderful opportunity for the Center for Entrepreneurship and OU to host Alexis, the founder of reddit. We are all excited to see what he has to say about the future of the Internet and the entrepreneurial opportunities that exist today,” said Luke Pittaway, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. “This is a must-attend event for anybody interested in entrepreneurship and the highlight of the year for the Center”

Joining Ohahian at Ohio University will be alumnus Alan Schaff, CEO and founder of imgur.

Following the presentation Ohahian will sign copies of his book, “Without Their Permission.” Books may be purchased at Bobcat Essentials, located on the fourth floor of Baker Center or at the event.

Networking opportunities directly follow the book signing at Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery beginning at 9:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Innovation Center’s 3D Lab, TechGROWTH Ohio, and Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery.