Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation | College of Business Administration | Kent State University

Center for Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation (CEBI)

WELCOME

Fellow entrepreneurs, research colleagues and business and government innovators:

I’m very proud to be the director of the College of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State University. What began in 2006 as a daring vision has transformed our community and the lives of students and faculty. We have witnessed the creation of an entrepreneurship major and minor, the outstanding success of student-initiated businesses and the well-deserved recognition of the center’s programs by entrepreneurial experts in the region and beyond.

SHAWN ROHLIN, PH.D.

Director of Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
Center Main Line: 330-672-9426
srohlin@kent.edu
330-672-1098


UPCOMING EVENTS


CEBIpitch COMPETITION

CEBIPitch LogoLIVE PITCH | 4.11.19 | 3:00 p.m.

Governance Chambers, KSU Student Center

Ready to grow your startup?

Pitch your business for the opportunity to be mentored by experts and for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $30,000!

CEBIPitch is a multi-level sponsorship program that provides:

  • Hands-on advice for perfecting your pitch
  • Business mentoring from the entrepreneurship faculty and staff
  • Exposure to business and entrepreneurship experts
  • Chance to win cash prizes totaling $30,000

Learn more about CEBIPitch


CEBIdea Pitch Competition 2018

 

CEBIPitch LogoLIVE PITCH | 10.08.18

$2,500 in cash prizes


MISSION AND FOUR PILLARS

The CEBI Four Pillars Logo representing Franchising, Social Entrepreneurship, Tech Commercialization, and Global Entrepreneurship

 

 

 

Through its cutting edge collaborative research, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State University advances current understanding of entrepreneurship to guide and engage students, community members, academic researchers and policy makers thus making a positive difference in the entrepreneurial eco-system in Northeast Ohio and the world beyond our network of campuses.


STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

A student holding up a handmade scarfKrista founded Flight 4 the Cure, which is a handmade accessory line supporting the fight against cancer. Flight 4 The Cure produces hand made items such as scarves, headbands, headscarves etc. where 10% of the proceeds are donated to University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic for their cancer research efforts. They sell online as well as in 20+ retail locations across Northeast Ohio area.

READ MORE ABOUT KRISTA AND FLIGHT 4 THE CURE


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Chris Lintner, a 2012 graduate of the College of Business Administration, is the product marketing manager at Public Insight where he is responsible for the company’s overall marketing management and strategic marketing activities. Lintner has been with Public Insight since its founding and has held other roles within the company where his responsibilities included sales, product management and customer service.

Prior to working at Public Insight, Lintner worked with a telecommunications and network infrastructure company called Tecquiti, where he was responsible for aspects of their marketing and business development efforts. Lintner was also the President and CEO of Laundry in a Flash, a student-run company at Kent State University. While at Laundry in a Flash, he grew sales over 1000% in the course of six months by reworking the struggling business model into one that fitted Kent State’s economic climate.

Lintner is a proud graduate of the College of Business Administration where he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with focuses in managerial marketing and entrepreneurship. While at COBA, Lintner co-founded an on-campus marketing company where he and the other co-founders marketed off-campus business to students.


RESEARCH FELLOWS

ROBERT D. HISRICH, PH.D.

Bridgestone Chair in International Marketing

Research interests include domestic entrepreneurship, international entrepreneurship, international business, new venture creation, entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and growing your firm.

MORE RESEARCH FELLOWS


MICHAEL D. SOLOMON ENTREPRENEURSHIP SPEAKER SERIES

The Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker Series brings experienced entrepreneurs and educators on campus each semester to share their insights and wisdom. This endowed program is supported by Kent State University Alumnus Michael D. Solomon.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SERIES & UPCOMING SPEAKERS


STUDENT VENTURE FUNDS

CEBI faculty talking with student

The Student Venture Funds were established to help support student-initiated businesses that have been approved by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. The Venture Assessment Grant is geared toward students with a proposed business while the Venture Growth Grant in intended for students with a complete business plan that concludes that the proposed business is viable and is committed to launching the venture.

READ MORE ABOUT STUDENT VENTURE FUNDS


SCHOLARSHIPS

The Center offers many scholarships available to entrepreneurship majors and minors.

View Current Scholarships


STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS


SIGMA NU TAU HONOR SOCIETY

Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society is a student organization for accredited universities. Its mission is to be a collegiate honor society that recognizes students, faculty members, and entrepreneurs who have either excelled in the study of entrepreneurship or who are exemplary models of principled entrepreneurship

READ MORE ON STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS