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Carl H. Lindner College of Business

UC Honors Cincinnati's Leading Entrepreneurs

Monday, December 19, 2016 6:30 PM
 Recognition banquet hosted by UC's Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research slated for May 8.

The University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research host the 2013 Entrepreneurship Recognition Banquet at 5:30PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center on the UC Campus.  

Professor Charles H. Matthews, the Center’s executive director, will serve as emcee for the 15th annual event. Established in 1999, the annual awards event honors community achievement in entrepreneurship and Lindner academic excellence in students who will begin their entrepreneurial journey throughout Greater Cincinnati and beyond. 

The 2013 program will present awards in five categories: Lifetime Achievement, Entrepreneurial Excellence, Distinguished Service, Faculty and Student Entrepreneurs.  Several student achievements and scholarships in entrepreneurship will also be awarded, including recognition of the student entrepreneurs participating in the Spirit of Enterprise Graduate Business Plan Competition and Small Business Institute® Case of the Year Competition.

“This is an exciting event for both successful entrepreneurs and students just beginning the entrepreneurial journey,” Matthews says.  “It is an honor to be able to recognize such outstanding achievements.”

To celebrate the 15th Anniversary, the UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research is partnering with Dhani Jones’ BowTie Cause with proceeds  benefiting UC entrepreneurship student scholarships. 

The community and faculty awardees are:  

Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship
Donald “Buddy” LaRosa, Founder, LaRosa’s

Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Candace Klein, Founder, SoMoLend and Bad Girl Ventures
Louis “Lou” Lauch (BBA ’68), Founder, KBM, Inc.
Robert Hisrich, PhD (MBA ’69, PhD ’71), Garvin Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management                                                  

Christopher J. Nawalaniec Distinguished Service Award
Chris Downie (BBA ’94), Founder, SparkPeople

Established Faculty Entrepreneur Achievement Award
Jason C. Heikenfeld, PhD (BS ’98, PhD ’01), UC College of Engineering & Applied Science

Emerging Faculty Entrepreneur Achievement Award
Amit Bhattacharya, PhD, UC College of Medicine



Who: Open to the public. Reservations required.

What: 2013 Entrepreneurship Recognition Banquet

Where: Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2013—5:30PM Reception | 6:30PM Dinner and Program

Cost: $95 per person; special rates for UC faculty, staff and students

Registration: Register Online, or contact Brooke Hultquist at (513) 556-0435 for more information