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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

Board of Directors


Kevin Eismann - Ephany Law
Shannon Full - Fox Cities Chamber
hristine Gantner - Alumni Affairs UW Oshkosh
Matt Jameson - Jay Manufacturing
Robert Keller - JJ Keller/UW Oshkosh College of Business
John Muraski - UW Oshkosh College of Business
Dave Quant - Alta Resources
Robert Roberts - Grants & Faculty Development UW Oshkosh
Kathi Seifert - The Katapult Group
April Spivack - UW Oshkosh College of Business 
Rollie Stephenson - Faith Technologies
William Tallon - UW Oshkosh College of Business
Vicki Updike - Silverstar Brands
Tom Wilzius - Envision Performance Solutions 

2014  Founding Fathers Accelerator Cohort Members


Cory Deruiter - Billboard Brew - advertising on coffee cups/sleeves -

Jordan Johnson - GoProShot basketball bands - 

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: 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
    • faculty/staff
    • business executives and others
  • Access to all the resources within the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

To learn more about this opportunity contact Colleen Merrill at (920) 424-1456 or e-mail

Contest Application: