Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation Plans Inaugural Idea Pitch Competition

KENT, Ohio – The Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (CEBI) at the Kent State University College of Business Administration, along with presenting sponsor Ohio Innovation Fund, will host the inaugural idea pitch competition on Monday, October 8.


The competition, CEBI Idea, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. October 8 in the KIVA at the Kent State Student Center.


“Apple, HP, Dell, Instagram, Facebook, Google … all started with a bold idea conceived in a dorm room, apartment, garage or computer lab … that ultimately changed everything,” said Bill Baumel, managing director of the Ohio Innovation Fund. “We are here to support Kent State University students in expressing, refining and ultimately turning their ideas into game changing start-ups. And it always starts with a bold idea.”


The CEBI Idea competition creates an opportunity for students to receive mentoring and feedback on their business idea as well as win seed money totaling $2,500. Ten finalists, chosen from more than 30 idea submissions, will pitch to a panel of judges. All finalists will win a cash prize, and the first-place winner will earn a spot as a CEBIpitch finalist in the spring.


“The CEBI Idea competition provides students with an opportunity to test and explore business ideas early in the academic year,” said Shawn Rohlin, Ph.D., director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. “This competition, along with the mentoring and coaching students receive in preparation for the competition, will provide them with feedback and advice so they can decide whether to continue to pursue their business idea.”


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Ohio Innovation Fund
The Ohio Innovation Fund (OIF), is a venture capital firm based in Columbus, Ohio. OIF has the largest early-stage venture capital portfolio of Ohio-based companies. Member institutions include Kent State University, The Ohio State University and Ohio University. OIF’s companies have been featured in prominent media such as CNN, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. Many of the Fortune 500 and leading universities are customers of OIF’s portfolio companies, and their strategic partners include Microsoft, Facebook, Citi, and SAP, among others. Combined revenue growth was approximately 100% between 2016 and 2017 for OIF’s portfolio.



Kent State College of Business Administration
Kent State University's College of Business Administration is among the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to obtain dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.

The Kent State College of Business Administration ranks as one of the nation’s Best Business Schools by Princeton Review. The College is committed to sustainability as an advanced Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatory and is recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as a top university for professional sales education.

POSTED: Monday, October 1, 2018 - 2:46pm