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

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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.

An observer’s Video Blog of StartUp Weekend

StartUp Weekend is a 54- hour event that participants pitch ideas and team up to launch startup companies. Ohio University’s Innovation Center, hosted Athens third startup weekend October 18-20 with over 30 participants. The winners of the event received $1,650 in prizes, a six-month membership to the Innovation Center and a one-hour business consultation with Chief Operating Officer Matt Strader of imgur.

 “It’s a great experience for anyone.” Anna Jensen, Associate Director of the Innovation Center says, “There are a lot of great friendships and professional connections made, some even become clients for the Innovation Center.”

Participants learn skills that StartUp companies develop over months and years in only 54- hours. Participants get to practice what it’s like to run a StartUp company. They test their ideas through market research, identify target markets and give presentations to an experienced panel of business professionals, all within 54 hours.

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.

To view the winner of this Fall’s StartUp weekend check out Zoe’s video blog of the event.

Interested in Entrepreneurship? Check out these resources:

StartUp Weekend; day two

Arriving during dinner of day two, only a few teams were left in the Innovation Center. Majority of the teams went out into Athens to gather market research information using surveys and testimonials. Teams have just under 24 hours left till presentations begin and the weekend concludes.  Each team meets with six coaches to discuss their business models, to help discover the holes they may have in their MVP (minimal viable product). The coaches offer different tips based on their various background and skills such as engineering, professional sales and marketing, business consultation, economic development, information technology and entrepreneurship.

With assistance of the skilled coaches and facilitators, each team has excellent resources at their fingertips. Although after speaking with teams, I begin to feel the frustration on finding an appropriate balance between your vision with sometimes conflicting professionals vision. As teams learn more about their target markets, teams may alter their original pitch idea.

“It’s not uncommon for teams to modify or pivot their initial pitch throughout the course of day two,” says Anna Jensen, a business consultant for the Innovation Center and facilitator for StartUp Weekend.IMG_50744

A large part of StartUp weekend is discovering the target market and honing in on the functionality of business plan within the market. The teams must conduct basic market research to prove that their solution to a problem is the best one. I got the privilege to follow one of the teams to see them conduct their research through administering surveys at a Human verses Zombie meeting to see if their newly designed nerf gun blaster is something their target market would invest in or need. I found this product intriguing because it had a specific target market in mind from the original design.

One team, FordIt, went to stores to ask shoppers questions about their budgeting habits. While others, created surveys online and used social media to collect data. One group in particular, Reel, worked on creating video testimonials on the practicality of their video editing app.

In the short few hours that I’ve spent attending StartUp weekend I’ve had an overwhelming feeling that this weekend is not solely about competing for the first place position but it’s about learning and making connections that can be applied to each members business plan. Participants work closely with one another and with coaches. Everyone is helping everyone else succeed.  It’s not just about winning, it’s about learning the process involved in taking an idea and growing it into a viable business and doing it in an extremely short time period. If you are fortunate enough to win StartUp weekend, there are great prizes that can assist the participants in implementing their idea and changing their dream into reality.

Stay tuned for the results from StartUp weekend.

StartUp Weekend; the first four hours


Four hours down, fifty to go. StartUp weekend has taken off. Teams are working vigorously through the night to organize and “idea dump” anything and everything for their products. Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Let’s rewind the clock a few hours back to the beginning.

Walking into Ohio University’s Innovation Center during registration for StartUp weekend, I could feel the enthusiasm and excitement to get started. The loud music playing helped set the energy for the rest of the evening. Some participants were going table-to-table trying to sell their business ideas and gather a team of followers for the 54-hour competition.

Anyone can be a part of StartUp weekend. You don’t need an idea, pitch or even a team. All you need is a desire to learn about the business model and entrepreneurship. Those that have an idea participate in a quick 60-second PitchFire where they state the societal problem and how to solve it in hope to be selected in a small handle full of finalists. The participants vote on the finalists, and unfortunately some ideas are not selected, but participants whose ideas that are not selected are still encouraged to join other groups to gain experience in a using the business model canvas and creating in teams their MVP’s.

An MVP, in business terms, “is the absolute minimal viable product a team must create in order for it to be successful,” said Jon Rossi, a facilitator for StartUp weekend.

At the end of the 54 hours, teams will present their MVP to a panel of judges to win up to  $1,650 in prizes, a six-month membership to the Innovation Center and a one-hour business consultation with Chief Operating Officer Matt Strader of imgur.

In the next few hours, I went around team by team to sit in and observe their project management brainstorming. The chosen products ranged from engineering more efficient adult nerf guns to creating an online database for OU alumni and current students to purchase textbooks to creating mobile applications for voice memos for corporate business professionals.

Participant Ihlana Mumford wants to “change the picture of videography” by creating an app that allows simplicity to video editing all at your fingertips.

While observing each team, whether having two, three or seven members, they were all diligently working on defining their core features and customer relationships models for their products on a business model canvas. Several teams were writing on marker boards, others post-it noting thoughts while some were just having dialogue. I felt included in some teams as they asked me about my opinions of their products even though they are under a time crunch to prepare and organize for the next day. I am intrigued to see all they’ve accomplished through the night and start of day two.

To check out what other StartUp weekends around the globe are doing, go to

Venture Café: an introduction to student entrepreneurship

What’s it take to be an entrepreneur? Student panelists shared their experiences with others at the Sept. 17 Venture Café. The first of the semester, the Venture Café is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. During each session, students listen to and interact with other students with similar interests.

“There are problems you experience every day. It might as well be you who solves them,” said panelist Alex Bill. The psychology and sociology criminology graduate co-created AssessAble, a travel accommodation site for people with limited mobility.

All the panelists passionately encouraged students to participate in next month’s Start-Up Weekend, 54 hours of great life experiences and memories. Whether you’re interested in entrepreneurship and have a great world-altering concept or are just curious, all are welcome to see what it takes to start a business.

Start-Up Weekend is an excellent opportunity “to learn about the business development process then apply it to your own business idea,” said panelist Daniel Williams, a plant biology graduate student helping to develop AnyVent, an interactive guide to event planning for beginners.

Panelist Daniel Williams talks about Start-Up Weekend

Panelist Daniel Williams talks about Start-Up Weekend

All the panelists during this session were participants from the Innovation Engine Accelerator’s 12-week boot camp, where they executed their winning business plans from last spring’s Start-Up Weekend.

Business majors and non-business majors can pursue an entrepreneurship certificate through the Center for Entrepreneurship. Luke Pittaway, director of the center, said that the certificate program assists those interested in making an impact on the world, no matter their background.

This year’s Start-up Weekend is open to all students and majors and will be held October 18-20. To register, contact Start-Up Weekend Info

If you have questions or want to get involved with entrepreneurship, check out the following:

Innovation Center:


Innovation Engine Accelerator Program:


Digital Media Incubator:                 


Center for Entrepreneurship:

Director, Luke Pittaway:


Co-founder of the front page of the internet coming to OU!

Join us Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Ohio University

Ohnaian is embarking on a five-month tour of U.S. college campuses in hopes of inspiring a new generation of internet entrepreneurs. This tour isn’t just about hearing how Ohanian made “the world suck less,” but also listening to other success stories to demonstrate the tremendous entrepreneurship opportunities available on the internet.Want to be a part of figuring out the impact the internet has on the world? Attend the Center for Entrepreneurship’s Guest Lecture Series, presenting Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of on Monday February 24, 2014.

In his official tour announcement, Ohanian said, “We’re all still figuring out just what kind of an impact the internet will have on the world – let’s be the ones doing it.”

Ohanian has appeared twice on Forbes’ 30-Under-30 list, which chooses the best and brightest stars in creativity and entrepreneurship. He currently invests in over 70 start-up companies, serving as an advisor to some. Ohanian will sign copies of his book, Without Their Permission, following the presentation.

Ohanian will speak in the Walter Hall Rotunda at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Seating is limited, so you must register to attend the lecture. Click here to register now!

Have questions? Students can post questions in advance to: