We Have Two New University Fellows!

Credit Ben Colman for Epicenter

We want to wish a big congratulations to two of our amazing students, Alex Kneier and Lori Bentz. These high achieving students will serve as our University Fellows.

They are two of the 123 students from 52 U.S. higher education institutions that have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter). The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. The Fellows are a national community of students in engineering and related fields who work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future. To accomplish this, the Fellows advocate for lasting institutional change and create opportunities for students to engage with entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, design thinking and venture creation at their schools. This new cohort of Fellows brings the total number to 291 Fellows from 114 schools. The program is run by Epicenter, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA). (adapted from the Epicenter press release).

Alex, a self-described “wantrapreneur” (wannabe entrepreneur) told us his passion is to innovate and create. Lori cited the opportunities to better systems, to see people succeed, as well as her family for what motivates her. Alex and Lori had entrepreneurial exposure at a young age, Alex through his father and Lori through selling bracelets as a 3rd grader. When working with them you can see their passion and dedication to the mission of University Fellows. Both of these students will work tirelessly to better the entrepreneurship system at Ohio University.

Alex and Lori would like to extend a huge thank-you to Professor Like Pittaway for providing this opportunity to them through the Center for Entrepreneurship.


2 thoughts on “We Have Two New University Fellows!

  1. How spectacular, Alex! Congratulations on your success and I can hardly wait to hear about new ventures and ideas. Your great grandfather, GFK, was an “idea” man and I love to adapt something and make it fulfill a new purpose. I often wonder if I inherited that creative gene from him. Maybe it has passed through your dad to you, too.

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