Learn how to overcome challenges in technological innovation this Thursday!

John Bowditch, co-founder and director of The Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab at Ohio University, will speak on challenges in technological innovation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Baker University Center Room 240, as part of the Center for Entrepreneurship Venture Café series.

Bowditch has more than 10 years of experience in game design and digital entrepreneurship and founded/co-founded three privately owned startups in the technology industry. In addition, Bowditch currently serves as an Ohio University professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies Games and Animation program.

Bowditch graduated Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in video and film in 2004 and a master’s degree in multimedia in 2005.

If you are an entrepreneur attempting to start or grow a business in the technology industry, be sure to check out this event to hear a first-hand account of the key challenges you may face and how to overcome them. Pizza will be provided.

If you have any questions about the event, contact the Center for Entrepreneurship at ce@ohio.edu.

Crowdfunding 101: What, Why and How with Bob Cohen this Friday

Bob Cohen, CEO of the Braintree Business Development Center in Mansfield, will speak on crowdfunding as part of the Center for Entrepreneurship’s guest lecture series this Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Innovation Center 103.

Cohen is a Certified Business Advisor (CBA®), a Certified Global Business Professional, and a founding board member of the Crowdfunding Professional Association. He holds a master of business administration degree from Franklin University and a doctorate from Ohio University. His current employer, Braintree Business Development Center, is a regional incubation and entrepreneurial center that is part of Ohio’s Third Frontier Technology Incubation Program and the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network. Cohen previously served on the faculty of The Ohio State University, and as director of an international development program.

During this guest lecture series event hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship and TechGROWTH Ohio, the following topics will be discussed:

  • What is crowdfunding?
  • Types of crowdfunding
  • How to choose between nearly 500 platforms
  • Determining how much to ask for
  • Developing product offerings and pricing
  • Perfecting the pitch
  • Crafting the video
  • Promoting the campaign

Space for the event is limited, so RSVP to Tanya Conrath at conratht@ohio.edu. Existing TechGROWTH Ohio companies may be eligible for a 20-minute consultation. If interested, inquire when you RSVP. Pizza will be provided.

Center for Entrepreneurship offers “Finding Good Venture Ideas” on Sept. 17

Some say there can be no great accomplishments without risk. The first step to turn risk into rewards is finding good venture ideas.

Learn how to evaluate ideas and then find the resources to transform any idea into a business opportunity during the first Venture Café session of the 2015-16 academic year. In his 10-year career, speaker Lee Groeschl has been involved in more than 100 technology-based ventures, more than $65 million of syndicated venture financing and has venture development and financing experience in life sciences, biotechnology, medical devices and software. Groeschl currently serves as an executive in residence at TechGROWTH Ohio.

The Venture Café session is taking place in Baker University Center 242 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. Pizza will provided at the session. The event is hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs that leads TechGROWTH Ohio.

Venture Café sessions are open to all undergraduates, regardless of major, and allows aspiring entrepreneurs of all fields to explore best practices for entrepreneurship and business development in a casual setting. These sessions occur throughout the year and often cover a variety of topics.

Over the span of the 2015-16 academic year, the following nine sessions will be offered:

  • “Finding Good Venture Ideas” with Lee Groeschl on Sept. 17
  • “Protecting Intellectual Property” with USPTO on Oct. 13
  • “Building an Entrepreneurial Team” with Mike Langer on Oct. 27
  • “Understanding the Market Opportunity” with Kent Stauber on Nov. 12
  • “Lean Launch Methods” with Lynn Gellermann on January 20
  • “Technological Innovation Challenges” with John Bowditch on February 11
  • “Getting Your First Customer” with Michele Migliuolo on March 9
  • “Raising Capital from Investors” with Chris Gerig on March 23
  • “Managing a Growing Business” with TBD on April 20

To find the specific time and place for these events and many others happening at the Voinovich School, visit www.ohio.edu/voinovichschool/news_info/calendar/.

Center for Entrepreneurship Pizza Social

Are you an entrepreneur?
Does starting your own business sound intriguing to you?
Do you like pizza?

If you said “yes” to any of those, join the Center for Entrepreneurship tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 3, for its first social of the school year! The event will take place in the Baker University Center, Room 240/242 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and free pizza will be provided.

Attendees will be able to network with fellow entrepreneurs, members of entrepreneurship clubs, and faculty. In addition, speakers will provide information about the Center for Entrepreneurship’s programs, certificates, and majors as well as events, trips, teams, and more. Don’t miss out on this fun event!

For more information, contact ce@ohio.edu.