Flashstarts is looking for entrepreneurs to join their accelerator. Is that YOU?

flashstarts acceleratorJennifer Neundorfer and Charlie Stack launched Flashstarts last year – a Cleveland Startup Accelerator. Their goal was to build successful new software companies, not just for financial gain, but also to promote regional economic development. By nearly every measure they have been successful (Check out all of this press!), so they are doing it again this year.

Flashstarts is looking for the best entrepreneurs, interns, mentors, and investors to join their accelerator in Playhouse Square.

Are YOU interested in what they’re doing?

Contact them!


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The Herbert L. Baer Prize

Honors Tutorial College

The Herbert L. Baer Prize

The Honors Tutorial College is pleased to announce the seventeenth annual Herbert L. Baer Prize Competition.  The prize was established in honor of an Honors Tutorial College alumnus, Dr. Herbert L. Baer, who was very interested in research and work that bridged traditional disciplinary boundaries, particularly those involving mathematics in some way.  The award is designed to recognize excellence and achievement in multi- or cross-disciplinary thinking.

The $1000 prize will be awarded to a selected undergraduate student at Ohio University, based on an essay submitted to the Honors Tutorial College.


Any full-time undergraduate student at Ohio University is eligible for this award.  An endorsement by a full-time faculty member at Ohio University must accompany the essay.

Application Process

Students interested in competing for the Herbert L. Baer Prize should submit an original essay or article (published or unpublished) accompanied by the cover and faculty endorsement sheets attached below directly to the Honors Tutorial College, 35 Park Place, no later than Friday, April 18, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.



Essay Requirements

Essays must have a cross-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary approach. Creative, original ideas are encouraged. The essay should accomplish one of three things:

  • It should take the tools, methods and techniques of one discipline and apply them to a problem or challenge that is normally thought of as part of another discipline in order to produce new insights.
  • It should combine the tools, methods and techniques of two different disciplines to create a truly integrated approach to a problem, such as the fusion of music theory with developmental psychology, producing the field of music therapy.
  • It should use the perspectives, concepts and/or approaches typically used in one discipline to challenge a traditional way of thinking in another discipline, producing a new way of looking at a concept, belief, natural phenomena or social practice.

Successful essays will demonstrate a compelling thesis or point of view and will be grammatically sound with no misspellings. Successful essays will avoid jargon so as to be easily understood by all readers.

Selection Process

The essay will be read and evaluated by a three-judge panel selected by the Honors Tutorial College.  The Honors Tutorial College will announce the winner of the $1000 prize in late May. The prize will be awarded in early July.

Further Information

More information (such as essay formatting and the like) can be found here.

If you have any questions, contact the Assistant Dean of the Honors Tutorial College, Cary Frith at frith@ohio.edu.

Join a Discussion on Entrepreneurial Women

Nancy Gerstman, co-founder and co-director of Zeitgeist Films

The Center for Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the College of Fine Art’s Division of Film, would like to invite you to a special breakfast focused on women in business featuring, Nancy Gerstman of Zeitgeist Films. The event is being held to discuss entrepreneurial women, and in her specific case, women in the business of Film Distribution.

The breakfast will be on Wednesday, March 26th from 8:30am-10:00am in Baker University Center 235.

Please RSVP as space is limited.*

*To RSVP, please simply send an email with your name to CE@ohio.edu.

Nancy Gerstman of Zeitgeist Films will be premiering “Child’s Pose,” the top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival and Romanian entry for Best Foreign Film for the Academy Awards this year. The film will be playing at the Athena at 7pm on Tuesday, March 25th and we highly encourage you to attend.

Come to the film screening and then join us for a one-on-one conversation at breakfast!

About Nancy

Nancy Gerstman is co-president and co-founder of Zeitgeist Films. She has worked in all aspects of film distribution and exhibition including a stint at Landmark Theatre Corp., the largest independent theatre chain in the US.  She is in demand as a juror, panelist and commentator on issues related to independent and foreign language film and is Permanent Artist-in-Residence in the Master’s Program in Media and Communication Arts at CCNY. She was born in Queens, New York. Zeitgeist Films is a New York-based distribution company founded in 1988 which acquires and distributes the finest independent films from the U.S. and around the world.

Another Competition For You!

$5,000 Cash Prize


Round One Submission is NOW Open!

About the Contest

The creators of American Dream Seekers are on a quest to discover the next generation of successful entrepreneurs, inventors, creators and innovators. For those fortunate enough to make it through the application process and quarterfinal rounds, they will be given the opportunity to present their business idea, product or service in the semifinal rounds held at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers, Florida on October 25th, 2014

Five finalists will be selected to compete in front of a panel of investors, venture capitalists, business professionals and successful entrepreneurs. Those finalists will then take the stage in front of a live audience vying for a chance to attract financial and creative investments to make their business dreams come true.

Apply Today!

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End Slavery! OU Senior Empowers You to Join the Movement

End Slavery! OU Senior Empowers You to Join the Movement

Megan GallagherIf you don’t try, then you’ll never know” are such simple words, yet carry such an important message. Ohio University Senior Megan Gallagher discovered a passion, tried out her idea, and ended up starting a movement from scratch that spread like wildfire.

Megan Gallagher is a member of The Bobcat Hatchery, an ideation center, along with being involved in many other organizations on campus including Campus Crusade, Chi Omega Sorority, and Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity. After attending a conference where she was introduced to anti-human trafficking, Megan realized her passion and began challenging herself with how to make an impact. Then, OU End Slavery Movement was born, a non-profit organization that turned into a campus wide movement against human trafficking designed to raise awareness and provide opportunities for students to be able to get involved.

“OU-ESM would not be what it is today without The Hatchery. I am so thankful to have been a part of it while here at OU.”

The Hatchery provided an environment for Megan to nurture her idea for the movement into a reality and offered connections and resources that benefited the movement. Many other Hatchery students contributed their talents and efforts to the OU End Slavery Movement. Efforts included help creating the logo, marketing, and organization planning advice. Megan said, “OU-ESM would not be what it is today without The Hatchery. I am so thankful to have been a part of it while here at OU.”

OU End Slavery Movement OU End Slavery Movement has sparked a lot of interest campus-wide and state-wide, where it became a part of Governor Kasich’s coalitions against human trafficking. The key was not only putting a student body behind it, but also connecting with the local community and then integrating it into the state wide efforts.

Another successful step for Megan and OU End Slavery Movement has been hosting the first annual End Slavery Week. The week included educational material, documentary screenings, and even a guest speaker that survived human trafficking. The purpose of the week was to raise awareness, educate, and get students to join the movement.

Megan was recently honored for all her hard work and dedication, receiving the Ohio Liberator Award. The Ohio Liberator Award is awarded to different groups of people throughout the state fighting human trafficking. Megan received the award for the student category. “It was just really awesome to see how many different levels this is being fought at, and how many people are dedicating their lives to this. It was really incredible and such an honor to win this,” Megan said when talking about The Ohio Liberator Award.

When asked for a piece of advice for anyone who recognizes a passion and wants to run with it, Megan said, “There are no limits, especially with starting your own thing. Opportunities are endless and making something your own is so unique and you are made so uniquely so use your mind, use your skills, and put forth the effort to make it happen because if you have a dream you can make it come true.”

Join the OU End Slavery Movement

If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved Megan encourages anyone to come to weekly meetings, Monday’s at 6pm in Bentley 015. It’s an incredible way to learn about the cause and empower yourself. There are also volunteer opportunities and events to attend.

You can also stay up to date with what is going on with OU End Slavery Movement on Facebook, on Twitter (@OU_EndSlavery), and by email at ohioesm@gmail.com.

Summer Business Institute offers Opportunity

The Ohio University College of Business’ Summer Business Institute is a 10-hour program during the first summer session that will allow students to work on a live client project as they complete three business courses that are part of the business minor (MKT, MGT, and ACCT). Students will also receive leadership and professional development training. At the end, they’ll receive a certificate of completion of the program.



The program is specifically designed for non-business students that are excited about their core major at OHIO, but recognize that a foundational understanding of business will help prepare them for life after college!

More Info

Please see www.cob.ohio.edu/sbi for more information.

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