Meet & Greet with Konneker Medal Recipient

The Ohio University Foundation established the Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship to recognize current and former faculty members or students who have demonstrated excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization, and entrepreneurship.

The Center for Entrepreneurship would like to invite all students and staff to participate in a Fireside Chat with the newest Konneker Medal recipient, Jake Sigal. CEO of Detroit’s Tome, Inc., he made a career out of building companies that have redefined the way software applications work with hardware products. Sigal earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering from the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. This event will be held at the Konneker Alumni Center on Wednesday, February 8th from 2 – 3pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Need an Internship?

2017-01-24As spring approaches, it’s time for your students to start looking for summer internships and professional experiences! The Centers of Excellence wants your students to know about the Ohio International Consulting Program (OICP).

 The OICP is a professional experience that offers students internship credit, 6 hours of course credit and invaluable career connections with one of the largest strategic consulting firms in the world, Sogeti. The program consists of a 10-12 week team consulting project with Sogeti on Ohio University’s campus this summer. Students who have completed the OICP have great things to say about their experience and some of them have even ended up working at Sogeti full-time!

If you want to learn more, please come to the OICP Info Session & Social at Buffalo Wild Wings next Wednesday, January 25 from 6 – 7 p.m. We will have free appetizers and more information on the OICP! Check out the graphic below for more information.

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Another Venture Cafe Success

The Center for Entrepreneurship hosts various Venture Cafes throughout the semester as a way to connect students with an expert in their field of study. They are a great way for business oriented students to learn the ins and outs of the various aspects of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

After a brief introduction by John Glazer, Director at TechGROWTH Ohio, the event was turned over to our guest speaker Ryan Watson. Watson was the co-founder and principal of Upsourced Accounting, a tech-enabled accounting practice in Columbus, OH, and is now currently working as the head of finance and operations for Ahalogy, a Cincinnati based startup focused on content and influencer marketing for Fortune 500 marketers.

Watson started off the event with a brief introduction about his time at Upsourced Accounting. He explained that their goal was to build the accounting model for the future, but also to start their own business. Watson and his team started Upsourced Accounting as a “nights and weekends project”, meaning that they would work on it as more of a side project until it was fully functioning and able to produce enough capital to sustain itself.

While working at Upsourced Accounting, Watson saw that there was a problem with the current accounting model. This was when he decided to create Sqrl, a SaaS tool that would help transition the current accounting model into software.

“The problem with the model at the time was that it lacked a communication piece between the accounting firms and their consumers. So, we built a document collection tool as a way to compete with other accounting firms”, said Watson.

Soon, a couple of firms actually reached out to Watson and his team in hopes to use this newly created software. That’s when they decided to sell the tool to other accounting firms, instead of keeping it to themselves.  Watson then applied, and was later accepted, to the Brandery, an accelerator for startup based out of Cincinnati. Eventually, Watson sold Sqrl to another group and then later went on to join Ahology.

Throughout the event, Watson touched on various ideas surrounding startups, such as startup creation and funding. He proposed that it really doesn’t take a lot of capital to actually create a startup. He also talked about the differences between bootstrapping and venture capitalist funding. Watson explained that only a small number of companies are really appropriate to raise venture capital. He also suggested that it is much harder to make a profit by using venture capital.

Overall, the event was a huge success. Students were able to take away a lot of valuable information from this Venture Café. If you were unable to attend this event, or are simply interested in learning more information about any upcoming events, stay tuned to our blog. We look forward to seeing you at our next Venture Café!

Venture Café featuring Ryan Watson

2017-01-10Join us Wednesday, January 18th!

Ryan Watson is co-founder and principal of Upsourced Accounting, a tech-enabled accounting practice in Columbus, OH and head of finance and operations for Ahalogy, a Cincinnati based startup focused on content and influencer marketing for Fortune 500 marketers. Watson is a seasoned entrepreneur with deep experience in the fields of finance and accounting.

Formerly, Watson served as CEO of Sqrl – a SaaS tool, incubated out of Upsourced Accounting. Sqrl, a venture backed graduate of the Brandery accelerator, received Entrepreneur of the Year EDGE Award from Ernst & Young and “Outstanding Emerging Innovation” honors from the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Watson began his career as a CPA at Deloitte & Touche focusing primarily on credit risk management, commercial and consumer troubled debt restructures, and regulatory compliance. Watson received his BSBA in Accounting and Finance from The Ohio State University.

The Center for Entrepreneurship hosts various Venture Cafes throughout the semester as a way to connect students with an expert in their field of study. They are a great way for business oriented students to learn the ins and outs of the various aspects of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Make sure to stop by the Living Learning Center next Wednesday to hear from an expert in accounting!

Upcoming Spring Semester Events

The Center for Entrepreneurship would like to inform you about some upcoming events focused around various aspects of entrepreneurship. These events are held as a way for students to engage with the community and help them make connections with experts in their field of study. They are also a great way to learn the ins and outs of what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. Here are a few of the events:

Wednesday, January 18th – Venture Café featuring Ryan Watson

Wednesday, February 8th or Thursday, February 9th – Meet and Greet with Konneker Medal Recipient

Wednesday, February 22nd – Micro-Brew Panel featuring Local Micro-Brew Entrepreneurs

Make sure you stay tuned for more information on these upcoming events!

A Matter of Legacy: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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All month the Office for Diversity and Inclusion is celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy and we are too. These events will be held throughout the entire month of January and offer events for everyone. These are awesome ways to celebrate, get connected, and give back.

Upcoming Events

Check out some of the events coming to Athens this month. Hope to see you there!

MIX AND MINGLE WITH THE ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITY!

ciderhouseCatch up with old friends and make new connections at the first Technology & Entrepreneurship Mixerof 2017. 
Join us Tuesday January 17 at 5:30pmat the West End Cider House for house-made cider, hand-crafted cocktails, and the most interesting people around!
 
To RSVP, click here.
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WELLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE WITH MICHELLE STOBART
WHERE: Innovation Center
DATE: Thursday, January 19, 2017
TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 
We spend more and more time in front of a computer for work and personal needs. Couple that with the stress of work life, and we are finding that one of the largest complaints in health and wellness of employees is neck pain and tension. In this Lunch and Learn Michelle Stobart of Inhale Yoga Studio will talk about creating healthier habits for a happier neck.   She will talk about how posture impacts neck pain, and simple techniques for home or in your office to help balance the strain of the head on the neck and shoulders. This workshop will provide useful information to get you and/or your employees back on track to a happier, healthier neck.
 
This event is free and open to the public and free lunch will be provided.  To RSVP, please email Trenia by noon on Tuesday, January 17.