2015 2 Column Inner


Professor Thomas Dalziel becomes executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research.

The Ohio Clean Energy Challenge was held January 28 and 29, and had two student teams competing as semifinalists from the University of Cincinnati. Sustain-A-Watt took First Place in the Facebook Viewers' Choice Award and the $1,500 prize money. UC students Rod Ghavami, Andrew Nguyen, Stephen Sargent, John Schroder, Jason Van Vliet, Shenghan Wang, Yichen Xu, Laksh Khurana, and Pragathi Kothavenkata created Sustain-A-Watt. Effuelent, led by students Ronald Gillespie, Ethan Jacobs, and Qingshi Tu finished just out of the money but created considerable positive buzz for their innovative clean energy solution.

Cincinnatus Capital Management team members Nick Bachus, LCB '13, Finance/ Entrepreneurship double major and Accounting minor; Brien Dulle, LCB '13, Accounting major/Entrepreneurship minor; Anthony Voveris, LCB '13, Accounting major, took 3rd Place in the Reality Check Undergraduate Business Plan Competition held at Northern Kentucky University's Entrepreneurship Institute on Friday, February 8.

Dr. Charles H. Matthews, Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research, was named in the Top 22 Business Professors in Ohio category by Online Schools Ohio.

More than $10,000 in prizes was awarded to budding entrepreneurs at the Ninth Annual UC Spirit of Enterprise Competition held February 21 and 22.  The competition featured 14 graduate student teams from leading universities across North America, the United Kingdom and India on February 21 and 22. Lindner College of Business alum Tom Nies, BBA '62, MBA '68, and UC's Entrepreneurship Center partnered to host the event at Cincom Systems world headquarters in Cincinnati.  University of Louisville was named the Cincom Spirit of Enterprise Champion and received the $10,000 grand prize for their VOC Diagnostics business plan. University of Illinois was named 1st runner-up and received the Meridian Spirit Award and $3,000 for their Everfile business plan. University of Miami was named 2nd runner-up and received the CincyTech Start Up award and $2,000 for their SHHADE business plan. University of Arkansas was named a 3rd runner-up and received the Queen City Angels First Fund Award and $1,000 for their ParadigMed business plan. University of Cincinnati won the Taxi/Limo Round of the competition, winning $1,000 for convincing a judge of their Sustain-A-Watt business plan before the limo ride ended.

The Power 100 Entrepreneurship Forum took place on March 13, and featured Dr. Thomas Dalziel in a Breakout Session. Dalziel, Entrepreneur and Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program Director at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, was one of the guest speakers at the exclusive event with the Power 100 (decision makers throughout the Tristate), alumni, students, select sponsors and friends of Cincy Magazine. Dalziel's topic is "You Can Get on Top and Stay on Top: The Journey from Entrepreneur to Professional and Back Again."