2015 2 Column Inner


Bioinformatics, led by MSIS student Ralph Brueggemann, is awarded First Place in the Tenth Annual UC MBA New Venture Competition.

The Ecenter and Cincom Systems, Inc. again partner to host the third annual UC Spirit of Enterprise MBA Business Plan Competition in February.  The First Place $10,000 Cincom Spirit of Enterprise award goes to Anson Enterprises from the Loyola Marymount University; First Runner-Up (Spirit of Excellent award $3,000) to RJS, LLC from the University of Louisville; and Second Runner-up (Queen City Angels First Fund award $2,000) to Optimal Vision Corp from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

The Winton Place Community Council SBI team, Sarah Ramsey, Christopher Roesing, and Stephanie Trautwein, took First Place in the 2006 Cecil Boatright Business Plan Competition and goes on to take 3rd Place in the 2007 National Small Business Institute® Case of the Year Competition.

The 4th cohort of Cincinnati Creates Companies (CCCIV) begins with 10 new technology driven ventures. In the fourth CCCIV Business Plan Competition, the first place team overall was Aero Surgical Systems, presented by company founders Ravi Samy and Al Bosse, taking home the $10,000 first place check. The 2nd place team was HOPS Technology, Inc., presented by company founder Pamla Winther, taking home the $7,500 prize check. The third place check for $5,000 went to Tradicom LLC Chef 24/7, presented by founders Jean-Francois Flechet and Johan Kars.  This cohort closes out the $600,000 NSF Partners in Innovation grant focused on Technology Entrepreneurship.

The Fourth Annual California Scents Entrepreneurship Scholarship was awarded to Ryan McMullen.

The Albert Goering Memorial Entrepreneurship Scholarship was awarded to Kristin Mikkelson.

The Ecenter hosts the 9th Annual UC Entrepreneurship Recognition Banquet in May.  Award recipients included:  Elroy E. Bourgraf, UC Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship; Jean Inkrot, David Lima, and Tillie Hidalgo Lima , Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence; Ricardo Higgs, OCIR & Co. LLC received the $5,000 Bearcat Bridge Fund award.

The 14th Annual Young Entrepreneurs Seminar (YES) was held Dec. 7th.  A record attendance of over 190 high school juniors and seniors from 12 schools attended the day long event featuring a morning keynote address by Mr. Cliff Bailey, founder of TechSoft.