Center for Entrepreneurship and 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
Christopher Owen-Haga Media, bringing together the best of PR, Marketing, and interactive media for business clients
Kimberly Prophett-I Do: Wedding Creations, making the process of planning a wedding stress free by being a one stop shop for brides to be.
Nathanial Lee-Ali Baba's hookah bar
Eric Sajdak-Atlas Investments, active money management solutions
Taylor Schultz-Alcohol & Tobacco services, a new way to buy booze
Eli Drljaca-Weatherbull Media, www.weatherbullmedia.com
Alexandra Flanigan-Undercover Discover, a unique way to evaluate management, employees, and processes
Parker Lenz-Parker & Parker Photography, services ranging from wedding photos/video to senior pictures, family portraits, and beyond.
Mitchell Miller-Valley Screen Print Inc. 3rd generation family business being grown by its youngest contributor.
Tania Michels-An alternative way to maintain a clean pool, say goodbye to chemicals!
Kaitlyn A. Nikodem-Health and Fitness club unlike any other, a one stop shop for exercise as well as healthy foods and supplements
Charles Di Renzo-A new way to view your class schedule and syllabus through the use of technology.
Richard H. Gibbs-Ticket resale site to allow students to sell their tickets from any location
Jacqueline Joyce-Freelance Artwork for medical community, serving as images in textbooks, posters, covers etc.
Luke van Drunen-Niche marketing websites, offering business solutions
Benjamin Sherriff-Boutique computer repair and instruction
Roseline Eli-Zafoe-Consulting to foreign businesses effected by disaster
Kristopher T Lefeber-Grocer mobile app, allowing shoppers to effectively and efficiently make use of their food purchases
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.
The top four students will be flown to Florida to pitch their business concept to a panel of judges. There, two students will be selected and given:
- $10,000 seed money
- Permanent desk space in the Small Business Development Center for one year
- Mentorship and advisement from:
- SBDC counselor's
- business executives and others
- Access to all the resources within the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
"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
NxLeveL Business Plan Writing
There is no better way to achieve the dream of business ownership than by researching and writing a business plan. During this process, an entrepreneur can examine all the pros and cons of a business opportunity, analyze the consequences of different strategies and tactics, and determine the human and financial requirements for turning an inspired idea into a viable business venture. Studies show that entrepreneurs who complete business plans are six times more likely than others to build a successful small business.
Writing a business plan also teaches strategic thinking skills, which have important implications for virtually every aspect of our lives, including personal and family relationships, career planning, financial decisions and community involvement.