The Center for Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (CEC) welcomes Derek Shewmon to its faculty for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Focusing on digital entrepreneurship, the Cincinnati native will be bringing more than 11 years of experience as an entrepreneur and manager to the CEC team in his new role of adjunct professor.
“Derek brings with him the knowledge of building teams, growing brands and implementing strategic decisions in start-ups that can only be earned through years of experience,” said CEC executive director Tom Dalziel. “As a guest lecturer and mentor, he has already made quite the impact on several students and I am certain that he will continue to do the same as a teacher.”
Shewmon comes to the CEC from Everything But The House, a Cincinnati start-up that provides online estate and personal property sales, where he serves as the Director of Business Development. He has also previously served as the VP of Platform Monetization for the digital sports network, OneUP Sports.
He is the co-founder of LetsMoveDown, a mobile platform that monetized live entertainment events through exclusive promotions and the sale of leftover or unused tickets. A venture developed alongside a graduate school classmate of his, the software company grew into a multi-million dollar enterprise within three years.
To some, Shewmon may already be a familiar face around campus. The new adjunct professor previously volunteered to help UC’s aspiring entrepreneurs multiple times, such as with his role as a mentor for the Innovation and Technology Commercialization (ENTR 5093) course.
Outside of his mentor duties, Shewmon was also a two-time guest lecturer for last summer’s Digital Entrepreneurship (ENTR 3015) course, where in addition to teaching students about the value of creating sustainable business models, he also used his own experiences to explain what he calls “the nitty-gritty stuff” behind the life of an entrepreneur.
Shewmon considers the work he has done for the university a fun way to get involved and give back to the community in which he grew up.
The new adjunct professor expects to carry his experiences as a guest lecturer into his first class at UC in the spring semester session of Digital Entrepreneurship (ENTR 3015). This course will introduce UC scholars to multiple online technologies as well as trends in their influence on the launch of start-ups and commerce.
"I've always loved teaching so I am thrilled to be involved with UC and the CEC," said Shewmon on his new position. 'I view entrepreneurship as the ultimate professional challenge, and it will be a pleasure to share what I've learned and use it to help shape the next generation of entrepreneurial thinkers."