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Student Activities

Since we know that hands-on experience is the best way to learn, our students are encouraged to participate outside of the classroom in a variety of activities available through our Center for Entrepreneurship.

Idea Pitch Competition

All Ohio University students are invited to compete for cash prizes by pitching a business idea to a judging panel of experts from the venture capital, business, and banking professions.  Participants compete in two phases of competition. 

  1. Preparatory workshops and elimination round: Let us help you prepare for the best pitch possible. Get tips for delivering a winning presentation from our staff of business consultants. The final round participants will be chosen from these rounds.
  2. Pitch competition: Winning entries from the preliminary round will pitch their business concept before a panel of experts. Prizes are awarded based on concept viability, delivery, and plan summary. 

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding and launching successful ventures. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Innovation Engine Accelerator

The Ohio University Innovation Engine Accelerator is a digital media business accelerator located in Ohio and made possible by public and private support. The Innovation Engine Accelerator is a 12-week boot camp providing seed funding for selected teams. By the end of the program, each company will have a market-tested MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and an investor-ready pitch developed to attract follow-on funding.

Scripps Innovation Challenge

The Scripps Innovation Challenge is a solutions-based, technology-focused student competition that addresses industry and media challenges. The competition offers $20,000 in prize money to winning teams. This year, the contest offered an additional incentive ($5,000) for ideas that also address underserved and underrepresented audiences.