Innovation Celebration

We are so excited to celebrate all of the innovated people, organizations, and companies in southeast Ohio! This wonderful event is to honor all of the innovative efforts over the last year, and we are very excited to see everyone there. The event is Tuesday, March 29th at 5:30p in Baker Ballroom. Our own director, Dr. Luke Pittaway, as well as some of our outstanding students will be sharing their own experiences with entrepreneurship and innovation. It is sure to be an amazing event.Innovation Celebration Flyer-page-001


Last Venture Cafe!

Don’t miss the last Venture Cafe of the year! Chris Gerig will talk about raising capital from investors from his experience working with different funding sources. See you there Wednesday March 23rd at 5:30p in Baker 240!

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Lunch and Learn – Learn How to Grow Your Business Using the Power of Social Media

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Embrace the power of social media at the March 17th Lunch & Learn. Daniella Limoli and Zoe Graham will co-facilitate this workshop that will teach participants how to utilize social media for their business. The following topics are the key points of the event:

  • Measure success on social media
  • Increase brand awareness and sales, improve customer service & effectively distribute content to the right audience
  • Learn how to manage Facebook ads
  • Plan and schedule epic content
  • Use social media to drive traffic to your website
  • Drive sales to your website and evaluate success using Google Analytics

See you there!

Thursday, March 17
11:30 AM – 1 PM 
Ohio University Innovation Center
340 West State Street, Room 103
Athens, OH 45701

Expo Idea Pitch Competition 2016

Register by March 11th for the Idea Pitch Competition. You could win up to $2,000 for your idea and after you register all you need to do is attend 1 workshop and submit a 200 summary of your idea! Share your idea with the world at this year’s Idea Pitch Competition at the Student Research Expo!

Register Now

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Entrepreneurship Week – Microsoft

Microsoft is holding a free, entrepreneurship event themed “Turning Your Ideas Into Reality.” This community building event will feature networking opportunities, a keynote from Chris Borja, Q&A with Chris and a panel of entrepreneurs, and refreshments.

The event will take place at the Easton Town Center Microsoft Store on Tuesday, February 23, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. as a part of National Entrepreneurship Week Attendees can sign up at, or reach out to me via e-mail at

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Startup Weekend!

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“Startup Weekend is Southeast Ohio’s Best Way to Learn How to Start a Business” reads the Startup Weekend’s website. Startup Weekend has the power to transform the entrepreneurial landscape of Southeastern Ohio as well as transform your own experiences with entrepreneurship. Come to the Innovation Center on Friday March 18th to engage in a high energy, creative, exciting entrepreneurial environment. Whether you have an idea or you want to hear other’s ideas, this is a great place for anyone and everyone to come turn an idea into reality.

Don’t wait, REGISTER HERE!

*The first 20 College of Business students that register receive a $25 discount! Just enter the promo code COB.*


VentureWell, E-Team Grant


The E-Team Program provides opportunities for entrepreneurs still in college by providing early-stage funding, training, coaching, and investment. Check out this program here to find out more about how to become an E-Team and gain support developing your innovative ideas!

Apply by January 27th, 2016 to qualify!

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The E-Team Program offers:

  • Up to $25k in grant funding
  • $50k matching investment opportunity for select teams
  • Experiential training and coaching on how to develop your venture
  • Initial validation of your venture
  • Entry into a network of like-minded student entrepreneurs
  • Access to mentors
  • Opportunity to participate in our Open Minds event, a national showcase of student innovation