Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI)
The mission of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is to inspire, educate and develop entrepreneurial leaders through world class education, cutting edge research and applied preparation, mentorship, and public recognition.
"The spirit of entrepreneurship is alive in our College of Business students!"
Jessie Pondell, Professional Development Director,
"Small business is the engine that drives our economy and we must continue to support business start-ups."
Rick Gudex, State Senator
"I believe a business design lab program would be extremely useful for future business leaders that make up the UW-Oshkosh student body."
Brian Will, UW-Oshkosh student
2014 Founding Fathers Accelerator Cohort Members
Cory Deruiter - Billboard Brews - advertising on coffee cups/sleeves
Jordan Johnson - GoProShot basketball bands - goproshot.com
Kristopher Lefeber - Grocer mobile app, allowing shoppers to effectively and efficiently make use of their food purchases
Parker Lenz, Joseph Neff, Eric Sajdak - Atlas Investments, active money management solutions
Jordan Rhodes - Healthier Youth - curriculum enhanced exercises
Muhammad Savul - MobiRemote - universal remote on your phone
Gregg Schierl - Ma Schierl's Tartar sauce without pickles
Taylor Schultz - Car detailing at your home or work
Troy Solberg - Buying motorcycles in fall, selling in spring
Luke Van Drunen - Niche marketing websites, offering business solutions
Jake White - party 2.0 - Alcohol free parties/movement on campus/speaking
Brian Will - Personal training online with Skype service
The graduation ceremony of the Founding Fathers Accelerator Cohort will be held April 30, 2014 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the new Welcome Center on the UW Oshkosh campus. If you are interested in attending, please contact our office at: email@example.com and we'll add you to our list.
Student Business Model Competition
UW Oshkosh students will have the opportunity to enter a business model competition that will allow them to: pitch their business ideas to a panel of distinguished entrepreneurs, CEO's, venture capitalists, angel investors, and executives. Students will be required to assemble a business model canvas as well as an executive summary of their business concept.
In 2014 the top three students will be flown to Florida to pitch their business concept to a panel of judges. There, the three students will be ranked and given:
- First place $10,000 seed money, Second place $5,000 seed money, Third place $2,500 seed money
- Permanent desk space in the Small Business Development Center for one year
- Mentorship and advisement from:
- SBDC counselors
- business executives and others
- Access to all the resources within the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation