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
November 9, 2018 Deadline has been extended to Thursday, November 15 at 11:59 p.m.
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.
2 Social Entrepreneurs Connecting the World Through Dance
Innovation Talk #2
Friday, October 5, 2018, noon to 1 p.m.
Bibbins Hall, 224
Oberlin alum Eli Clark-Davis ’10 and his fiancé, 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.
Hosted by the Oberlin Entrepreneurship Club
September 21-23, 2018
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
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
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
Burton D. Morgan Foundation
If you have questions about our fall programs, contact Bara Watts, firstname.lastname@example.org.