On March 19th, OUE set their sights on Cleveland for their second off-campus networking expedition. Following up from their previous trip to Cincinnati from the fall semester, ten of the organization’s entrepreneurial-minded professionals traveled to Cleveland with the intentions of connecting with resources, workshops and start-ups based in Ohio with time to spare for a visit to “the Q” for a Cleveland Cavaliers game. Lori Bentz, club treasurer and head organizer of the trip, created the two day agenda to do one thing: excite members about entrepreneurship in Ohio.
On Thursday, the OU Entrepreneurs met with entrepreneurial lobbyist and OU alumni Justin McCaulley, attended a start-up panel at the OSC TechLab, and participated in a persona workshop on-board LeanDog’s floating office with some new friends from Kent State University. Afterwards, the team retired for the day in a two-story home they reserved through AirBNB. Bright and early Friday morning, the OUE team was back on the road for a second panel at Flashstarts. The team was delayed after helping a man move his broken car off the road but managed to stay on schedule! Next they attended a luncheon with a select group of Greater Cleveland business owners before moving on to Launch House where they had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the in house venture experts after touring the facility. Finally, OUE ended their trip at the Quicken Loans stadium to watch LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Indiana Pacers 95-92! Here’s what a few of the participants had to say about their experience:
“It was an extraordinary experience being able to converse and connect with entrepreneurs in the tech field. They were supportive in their critiques of my ideas and inspired an increased pursuit of my business” –Chelunor Nwajei
“Meeting successful entrepreneurs and picking their brains in casual environments was really helpful. It gave me the push I needed to move forward with my own business plan. We spit that hot fire.” –Riley Cooper
“Phenomenal experience to meet with those who have seen success and know what it takes to get to that level. A must for anyone wanting to be successful” –Peter Shoup
According to Alex Kneier, the organization’s Vice President, this was the 2nd trip in the club’s “Triple-C” agenda. After visiting Cincinnati and Cleveland over the last two semesters, the entrepreneurs intend to visit Columbus in the fall and collaborate with Ohio State University’s Business Builders Club to strengthen the state-wide network of collegiate entrepreneurs.
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