Center for Entrepreneurship SOCIAL!

Don’t miss the Spring Social where you can meet other future entrepreneurs and learn about getting involved with out student orgs! See you there for free pizza and free fun. 

When & Where:Social

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Baker 240

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Club Update

Twit Hunt PicThe CE has amazing student organizations that are doing amazing things! Will be posting updates of  the club activities on our Club Update blog post. Get involved in one of these amazing clubs today.

Ohio University Entrepreneurs (OUE)
OUE had a very exciting October!  Starting with three wonderful guest speakers: Nate Riggs, Chris Crawford, and Paul Benedict. OUE brought in these professors for their vast experience in entrepreneurship and their unique leadership styles. This month also included the group’s big trip up to Columbus on the 14th which was filled with networking events and behind the scenes tours of some of the top entrepreneurial resources in the area. The OUE crew got to network with venture capitalists, venture developers, and high growth entrepreneurs. The trip was a huge success and after a long day, no one could sleep in the vans because they were up talking about what an awesome day it was. Looking forward, OUE has their pitch night on November 17th which allows OUE members the opportunity to pitch in front of a panel of experienced judges and for the possibility of milestone funding. If interested in learning more about OUE and all they have to offer feel free to contact them at OUEntrepreneurs@ohio.edu.

Epsilon Nu Tau

Epsilon Nu Tau has held 3 Food Drives in the past month, and raised approximately $1,000 worth of food for the Athens Food Pantry. We paired up for a social with OUE, and had a wonderful time. We have also been making recruiting efforts, and have two potential new members. Finally, we have been working on a few projects within the organization that have efforts to generate revenue streams for the fraternity.

 

Amplified

October has been an exciting and idea-filled month for Amplified Communication. Client, The African American Male Initiative – hosted their second barbershop talk, discussing the perception of masculinity in the African American community. Amplified has also implemented a #BSUSpotlight for the Black Student Union, highlighting student’s accomplishments in the black community. The grind hasn’t fallen short for the organization itself working hard to coordinate their second annual #OHIOCONNECT, networking mixer planned for March 2016. This year’s theme is personal branding in the 21st century, so stay tuned!  Follow us on Instagram and Twitter, @AmplifiedOU.

 

Club Update: Check out our clubs!

students 2The CE has amazing student organizations that are doing amazing things! Will be posting updates of  the club activities on our Club Update blog post. Get involved in one of these amazing clubs today.

Ohio University Entrepreneurs (OUE)

Ohio University Entrepreneurs empowers innovators and entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to fruition. OUE offers exclusive mentorship, lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities to connect their members to resources and entrepreneurial ecosystems, on and off campus. OUE provides an opportunity for members to construct and validate their ideas in an open environment with like-minded students, faculty, and industry professionals.

Epsilon Nu Tau

The goals ENT has for the upcoming year are to make a bigger impact on the community by completing various service projects throughout the year, such as the food drive we held last Saturday, and continue to hold each Saturday. We also look to create better awareness of ENT through enhanced marketing. Finally, we hope to hold fundraising events. Even potentially setting up a channel for people to buy products and services from OU Students.

Consulting Fellows

The Consulting Fellows Program equips Ohio University’s future leaders with the necessary skills for a successful career in consulting, as entrepreneurs,  or any aspect of business. The program’s components ­– Live-Client Consulting Engagements, Training, Workshops, Networking, Startup Support, Mentorship and Leadership are organized by the Ohio University Consulting Fellows in order to help better develop any individual of Ohio University in order to best prepare them for their future consulting career.

OUCF’s goals for this year include expanding its current portfolio of clients and capabilities, attracting more great talent for our organization, and competing against other universities in consulting case competitions.

Amplified

We are a new PR, marketing and event planning organization at Ohio University catered to amplifying + connecting millennial entrepreneurs and their brands. Our goals for this year are to continue growing and connecting with other student organizations, student innovators and student leaders on campus. Also, to host enriching developmental programming for our peers.

 

Ohio University Entrepreneurs travel to Cleveland, explore business opportunities

Members of Ohio University Entrepreneurs — which connects OHIO students with ideas for businesses to university resources — got a close-up look at the start-up world during a weekend trip to Cleveland in March.

The group visited start-ups and business accelerators, programs that help businesses strategize for sustained long-term growth after graduating from business incubators.  One of these was Launch House, the first accelerator in the state of Ohio to focus on robotics  Others included Flashstarts, TTL Systems, LeanDog, and OSC Tech Lab, a co-working program that provides space and services to start-ups in Akron.

OUE members also had lunch with entrepreneurs, including Tim Bratz, president of real estate companies in Cleveland and Charleston, S.C.; Jay Fernandez, business services director to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program; Theresa Gorski, owner of Vision Yoga & Wellness; and Megan McKercher, owner of Heart & Home Adult Care Facility LLC.

Lori Bentz, a sophomore studying finance, arranged these meetings online. She used Meetup, a website that facilitates local collaboration, to find entrepreneurs interested in speaking with the group. Bentz is OUE’s current treasurer.

“It was good to see members really engage with what’s going on,” said Alex Harshaw, OUE president. He said the club’s members were “re-inspired” by the idea of entrepreneurship while in Cleveland.  “That was the objective of the club in the first place so that’s easily my favorite aspect of this trip,” he said.

In the future, the club plans to visit Columbus, Pittsburgh, and eventually Chicago, all while making connections with entrepreneurs at other colleges; Harshaw said the Cleveland trip allowed OUE to build a relationship with a similar group at Kent State University.

Ohio University Entrepreneurs meetings are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in RTECH 304. Applicants may attend their first meeting for free, but afterwards must pay a $20 membership fee.

“I encourage anyone who wants to follow their dreams outside of a traditional trail to join,” Harshaw said.

Article Written By: Hannah Koerner

The OU Entrepreneurs are on the move!

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.

 

Interested in getting involved? Send an e-mail to ouentreprenuer@gmail.com.