The new Center for Entrepreneurship Executive Director Thomas Dalziel PhD served as emcee for the 15th Annual event. The annual awards were established in 1999 to honor excellence in entrepreneurship from those who have enjoyed entrepreneurial success, both in and outside the university. Special guests at the event included UC President Santa Ono; Carl H. Lindner III; UC Trustees Tom Humes, Ginger Warner and Steve Wilson; Entrepreneurship Center board members and past Entrepreneurship Center award recipients.
The awardees included:
Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship
Donald “Buddy” LaRosa, LaRosa’s
Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Candace Klein, Bad Girl Ventures and SoMoLend
Lou Lauch, KBM, Inc.
Robert Hisrich, PhD, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Established Faculty Entrepreneur Achievement Award
Dr. Jason C. Heikenfeld, UC College of Engineering & Applied Science
Emerging Faculty Entrepreneur Achievement Award
Dr. Amit Bhattacharya, UC College of Medicine
Christopher J. Nawalaniec Distinguished Service Award
Chris Downie, SparkPeople
In addition to the above awards, outgoing center director Professor Charles H. Matthews and his wife Margie were honored for 16 years of service to the center. Matthews has now returned to his full-time research and teaching duties in the Lindner College of Business.
The 2013 awards program also recognized a number of student achievements in entrepreneurship including recognition of the student entrepreneurs participating in the Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch Competition, the Spirit of Enterprise Business Plan Competition and the Small Business Institute® Case of the Year Competition. Several scholarships were also awarded to students at the ceremony.
Students awardees included:
Outstanding Undergraduate Student of the Year in Entrepreneurship
2012 Professor Charles H. Matthews Best Field Case Study Award
First Place Undergraduate Team: Ripple
Team Members: Mike Buettner, Matt Mino, Luca Romeo, Bradley Rossi
First Place Graduate: MidCom-Tel
Team Members: Alan Hagerty, David Hertlein, Nick LaGuardia, Doug Klekamp
Lindner College of Business Undergraduate New Venture Plan Competition Winners and the Reality Check Cross-Town Undergraduate Business Plan Competition
Team: Cincinnatus Capital Management
Team Members: Nick Bachus, Brien Dulle, Anthony Voveris
The Sustain-A-Watt team won first place in the Lindner College of Business Graduate New Venture Plan Competition, the Taxi/Limo Round Winner of the Spirit of Enterprise Graduate Business Plan Competition, and won first place Facebook People’s Choice Award in the Ohio Clean Energy Competition. The Sustain-A-Watt team members are Rod Ghavami, Andrew Nguyen, Stephen Sargent, John Schroder, Jason Van Vliet, Yichen Xu, Laksh Khurana, and Shenghan Wang.
Inaugural Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch
Team Members: Ethan Jacobs, Ronald Gillespie, Qingshi Tu
The California Scents Scholarship in Entrepreneurship was awarded to Morgan Brink and the Albert W. Goering Memorial Scholarship recipients were Raymond Burzynski, Maria Cassidy, Lane Hart, Chase Jeffries, Brittany Lewis, James Love, Nathaniel Rose, Hannah Schott, Jo Annemarie Stamper, and Bryan Weis.