Develop your entrepreneurial perspective at our events in Oberlin and Cleveland.


2019 LaunchU Pitch Competition

The first round of LaunchU takes place February 23, 2019 from noon to 4:30 in the Birenbaum Performance & Innovation Space. The final round takes place March 8 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., also in the Birenbaum. Both events will be livestreamed.

Design for America

Join us on March 2, 2019 for the Design for America Kickoff Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Wilder Main.



Winter term: January 18-28, 2019
Application deadline: November 9, 2018 Deadline has been extended to Thursday, November 15 at 11:59 p.m.

A man with raised hands speaks into a microphone
Making a pitch at LaunchU. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

This two-week intensive gives you the skills and knowledge to take a venture idea from concept to execution. Don’t have an idea? Not a problem! Join a team and participate in the excitement. Participants can pitch for startup funding and support. In 2018, $38,500 was contributed to four venture-winners.

Learn more about LaunchU

2 Social Entrepreneurs Connecting the World Through Dance

Innovation Talk #2
Friday, October 5, 2018, noon to 1 p.m.
Bibbins Hall, 224

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Eli Clark-Davis ’10 and Radha Agrawal

Oberlin alum Eli Clark-Davis ’10 and his fiancĂ©, Radha Agrawal (cofounder of THINX & Daybreaker, author of BELONG and touted by MTV as “1 in 8 women who will change the world”), deep-dive into their journeys as social entrepreneurs in New York City. In a world where 1 in 4 Americans report having zero friends to confide in, Eli and Radha talk about how to build your personal community during your entrepreneurial journey and what they did to create a movement at scale.

Together they are on a mission to bring more community and connection to the world via the sober early morning dance phenomenon, Daybreaker. The movement takes place in 25 cities across the globe and has a rapidly growing community of almost a half million people.

Startup Weekend

Hosted by the Oberlin Entrepreneurship Club
September 21-23, 2018

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Two founders of Salt Point Seaweed hone their pitch. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Make friends, have fun learning the skills needed to “change the world.” Pitch an idea or join a team to develop amazing opportunity. Teams compete for GoPros, Drones, Kindles, Best Buy gift cards, and more. You must register. The $25 fee covers 7 meals, snacks, swag, and loads of fun. Scholarships are available.

Startup Weekend Sponsors

The Center for Innovation & Impact at Oberlin College
Center for Innovation & Impact: Fostering Entrepreneurial Thinking

BNY Mellon
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SSEG Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash Co.

Stewart Kohl ’77

The Kutzen Family

Designing the Future with Digital Innovation

Innovation Talk #1
Thursday September 27, 2018

  • 5 to 5:45 p.m. – dinner
  • 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. – presentation and talk at tables with professionals
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A group discusses medical device innovation. Photo credit: Bryan Rubin

In the innovation economy, every business, non-profit, educational institution, medical, manufacturing, or service enterprise is either driven by or supported by digital innovation. Everyone needs to be aware of the digital impact in their future to effectively navigate career success.

Four companies will each present a 10-minute overview of how IT drives or impacts innovation at their company. Then each of the companies sit at tables and literally “talk” with students about their company, IT, and innovation for 15 minutes. The students will rotate to each table over the course of an hour.

Funding and Support

Funded by

Burton D. Morgan Foundation
Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Supported by

RITE Regional Information Technology Engagement


If you have questions about our fall programs, contact Bara Watts,