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2009

The Albert W. Goering Memorial Scholarships were awarded to the following students:  Maria Cassidy, Benjamin Combs and Lane Hart.

The California Scents Scholarship was awarded to Chris Foti.

Philip Gettinger and Amro Kamel were recipients of the Bearcat Bridge Fund established to support students who conceive and craft new venture plans by providing seed capital to assist in the launch of their new venture: Diabetitec LLC.

The 2009 winners of the MBA New Venture Plan Competition were Philip Gettinger and Amro Kamel for Diabetitec LLC.

The winners of the fifth annual Spirit of Enterprise Graduate Business Plan Competition were:   First Place $10,000 Cincom Spirit of Enterprise award goes to Tears For Life from the University of Arkansas; First Runner-Up, Meridian Spirit Award of $3,000, to SolarCycle from Brown University; Second Runner-up Queen City Angels First Fund Award $2,000 to Parallel Imaging Corporation; and Third Runner-up with a prize of $750 to GeneWeave Biosciences, Cornell University.  The Taxi/Limo Round was won by Pax Neuroscience, Inc. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, which included $1,000 in prize money and the Best Technology Plan Award, also for a prize of $1,000, was won by GeneWeave Biosciences from Cornell University.

Midwest Geothermal was the winner of the 2009 Undergraduate New Venture Business Plan Competition.  Congratulations Chris Direnzi and Joshua Rudd

The Entrepreneurship Center hosted the 11th Annual UC Entrepreneurship Recognition Banquet on May 14 at McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant in Downtown Cincinnati honoring Thomas H. Humes, Founder & CEO of Great Traditions Land & Development Company with the Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award.  Nancy Shellhous Conner, Founder of Promark Company and Clifford A. Bailey, Founder of TechSoft Systems were presented the Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.  The Established Faculty Entrepreneur Achievement Award was presented to Chong H. Ahn, Professor of Electrical and Computing Engineering.

Daniel P. Cremons, BBA '09, graduated as both the Entrepreneurship Student of the Year and the College of Business Student of the Year.

Entrepreneurship Professor Dr. Thomas Dalziel presented, “Positioning for Growth: The Value of Advisory Boards” during SURGE, a daylong event hosted by the Cincinnati chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization for Global Entrepreneur Week, sponsored by Cincinnati Magazine.

The First Place Graduate winners of the 2009 Cecil Boatright Field Case Competition were the Burnet Woods Strategic Road Map case by Robin Gardner, Kristin Schaub and Akshay Sethi.  The First Place Undergraduate winners were Dan Cremons, Greg Lutz and Megan McElroy with their plan for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

The 2008-2009 winners of the CoB Undergraduate Entrepreneurship & Strategy Business Case Competition were 3M Optical Systems by Drew Donkin, Brittney Kelley, Maria Kontopos and Brian Stevens.

Undergraduate students Gregory Lutz, Daniel Cremons and Megan McElroy receive First Place at the 2009 National SBI Competition.

Dr. Charles Matthews literally went around the world in nine days to promote entrepreneurship education during the 2009 Global Entrepreneurship Week. Setting out from the University of Cincinnati on November 17, Dr. Matthews flew via Chicago and Frankfurt to Budapest, Hungary, for the first of four entrepreneurship keynotes and presentations he would give in Hungary and China before returning home Thanksgiving Day.

Six out of the eight available awards were captured by UC students, alums and faculty at the Cincinnati Innovates competition.  Cincinnati Innovates was created by a group of organizations and individuals in Greater Cincinnati to develop and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the region.  The competition offered cash and in-kind prizes to contestants with a connection to Greater Cincinnati who had “transformative innovations.”

The Entrepreneurship Center helped facilitate “In One Weekend,” a group of 100 diverse professionals that gathered at TUC over one weekend and constructed a start-up company from scratch in an amazing three days.  “In One Weekend” is the brainchild of UC MBA alumna Elizabeth Edwards and her colleague at Neyer Holdings, Stephen Boord, a member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. Participants worked together to create the area's newest venture called Dipidee, a web site that provides opportunities for consumers to connect with local arts and sporting events.  Organizers estimate a combined 3,500 hours were spent on the project.  Dipidee CEO Brian LeCount, BBA '98, worked around the clock to have the business up and running since October 2009.