2015 2 Column Inner


BuyStonesOnline, Inc., led by MBA student Divy Chaurasia, is awarded First Place in the Eleventh Annual UC MBA New Venture Competition.

The Ecenter and Cincom Systems, Inc. again partner to host the fourth annual UC Spirit of Enterprise MBA Business Plan Competition in February.  The First Place $10,000 Cincom Spirit of Enterprise award goes to ArmyProperty.com from the University of Michigan; First Runner-Up (Spirit of Excellent award $3,000) to ProactiCare, LLC from the University of Wisconsin; Second Runner-up (Queen City Angels First Fund award $2,000) to Adora Interactive Corporation from the Indiana University; and Third Runner-up Championship Round Excellence Award ($500) to TakeShape LLC, University of Oregon.

University of Cincinnati (UC) part-time MBA students Shannon Rappach, Michele Phelps and Jennifer Bellin — under the guidance of UC Prof. Charles H. Matthews — bring home the first-place prize for their field-case consulting project for Cincinnati public broadcasting system television station WCET (channel 48). The Case of the Year competition is sponsored by the Small Business Institute®. The team took First Place in the 2007 Cecil Boatright Business Plan Competition in order to move on to the national round.

The 2008 winner of the Undergraduate New Venture Business Plan Competition was The Food Truck; Jordan Brewer, Daniel Cremons, Anthony Fedele and Gregory Lutz.

The Undergraduate SBI Case of the Year Competition saw MD Anderson and Ashley Burke, ExamGrader, LLC, take second place.

With the CET Connect team taking first place in the 2007-08 Small Business Institute® Case of the Year Competition, over the past eight years, UC teams have earned four first place finishes, two third places and one Honorable Mention.

UC's first undergraduate entrepreneurship team went on the road entering the Tepper Venture Challenge at Carnegie Mellon University.  Grandeur Medical, a platform medical device company, led by Phil Gettinger, Biomedical Engineering, CoE, finished in the top six out of 25 teams competing.

Dr. Charles H. Matthews, Executive Director, UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research, was honored to receive recognition as one of the top Entrepreneurship Educators in the U.S. from the Acton Foundation.

David Roth, CoB '09, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Acton Foundation as part of the award ceremony in Austin, TX.

Dr. Charles H. Matthews, Executive Director, UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research was asked to testify before the U.S. House Small Business Committee on the reauthorization bill pending before Congress on the Small Business Innovation Research program.

The Fourth Annual California Scents Entrepreneurship Scholarship was awarded to Kristin Mikkelson.

The Albert Goering Memorial Entrepreneurship Scholarship was awarded to the following students: Jennifer Masyln, Ryan McMullen, Jeremy Reed, and Amy Stroh.

The Ecenter hosts the 10th Anniversary Annual UC Entrepreneurship Recognition Banquet May 15.  Award recipients included: Oscar Robertson, UC Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship; Ken Oaks, Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence; Dr. Fred Beyette, Emerging Faculty Entrepreneur Achievement Award; and Ms. Lisa Holstrom, Established Faculty Entrepreneur Achievement Award.

The following student entrepreneurs received Bearcat Bridge Fund awards: Grandeur Medical – Philip Gettinger; Buy Stones Online, Inc. – Divy Chaurasia; Guerrilla Grub – Stephen Norman; and Jellyfish Network – Tyler Weaver.

In September 2008, UC's entrepreneurship program was ranked 21st by Entrepreneur Magazine and the Princeton Review in their sixth annual ranking of the top graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation.