Upcoming Programs

Develop your entrepreneurial perspective at these CII events, with a little help from our friends.

LaunchU Bootcamp

Program dates: January 17-27, 2020 (winter term)
Application deadline: November 15 at 11:59 p.m.

Recently Concluded Programs

Innovation Talk: Blockchain Northeast Ohio

Thursday, November 6, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at The Birenbaum.
Registration opens in October.

This event is produced in partnership with the Department of Computer Science. 

Charles Stack

Charles Stack is a successful serial entrepreneur. After graduation from Case Western Reserve University Law School, he formed Parallax, Inc., which developed and marketed a PC-based networking case management software system for asbestos litigation to national law firms and corporate law departments.

In 1992, Charles started Books.com, the first online bookstore. Charles pioneered many of the features we now take for granted in today’s internet retailers. Books.com offered millions of books, comprehensive searching, collaborative recommendations (patented), shopping carts, price comparisons (patented), real-time credit card processing, affiliate programs, and introduced many other now standard Internet retailing concepts. Books.com was acquired by CUC, Inc. in early 1996 and subsequently by Barnes and Noble. At CUC, Charles designed and launched groundbreaking sites for online music sales, movies, gifts, computer software, and games.

In 2013 Stack co-founded Flashstarts, a startup accelerator and micro-venture fund. In 2015, he co-founded the 35,000 square-foot StartMart, one of the largest co-working facilities in the world.

Currently, Stack is focused on all things blockchain. He is a frequent contributor to the Cleveland Blockland Initiative. The newest Flashstarts fund is the Flashstarts Blockchain+ Fund which is focused on investing in early-stage blockchain companies. The Fund is an SEC registered 506(c) fund and is now open to any accredited investor. 

The First Annual
Distinguished Alumni Entrepreneur Webinar Series

Noon to 1:30 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays: September 26, October 3, and October 10, 2019. Look for Registration and Zoom signup coming soon.

This program is offered live in The Birenbaum and via Zoom to Oberlin students, faculty, alumni, parents and staff. It is produced in partnership with the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.
Register to have lunch and join the conversation oncampus - limited to 30 people, (location tbd)

Register for the webinar only
9/26: Yin Ling Leung ’87, co-founder of Applied Research Works, Inc.. Healthcare digital solutions. 
10/3: Evelyne White '04, founder, SixPlus. Online booking for private events in restaurants and hotels. 
10/10: Vladi Shunturov ’05, president and cofounder Lucid Connects. Environmental monitoring for commercial buildings 

Yin Ling Leung ’87 is co-founder of Applied Research Works, Inc. and its product Cozeva®.

Yi Ling

Cofounders Yin Ling Leung, a community health educator, and Shaibal Roy, a computer scientist, combined their strengths to create ARW’s flagship product Cozeva®, a powerful real-time data integration platform that can be used by one organization or multiple stakeholders to provide the best health and social care for people.

Since 2012, Cozeva has helped health plans and physician organizations of all sizes to align processes and programs to transform traditional fee-for-service systems toward value-based care.  In 2015, Cozeva began serving provider organizations that participate in the innovative California Pay-for-Performance program and with accountable care organizations across the country.

Evelyne White '04, Co-founder, CEO SixPlus

Evelyn White

Evelyne is a LaunchU winner in the first competition in 2013 for her business BookaLokal.  Before launching into entrepreneurship, Evelyne White began her career in finance - first in Investment Banking at Bear Stearns, and later in Private Equity at the Riverside Company in New York and Brussels. 

Evelyne has worked and lived across the United States and Europe, and currently resides in New York City where she serves as Co-Founder and CEO of SixPlus, a private dining website that spun out of her first venture, BookaLokal. When she isn't working on SixPlus, Evelyne loves to run, practice hot yoga, and throw dinner parties for way too many people.

After beginning as a double-degree student (instrument: harp) Evelyne graduated from Oberlin College in 2004 with a major in Politics and a minor in Environmental Studies. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2010 and remains active within the entrepreneurial communities on both campuses.

Vladi Shunturov ’05, is president and cofounder Lucid Connects, recently sold to multinational Acuity Brands. 

Vladi Shunturov

Vladi is Lucid's President and Cofounder. Vladi led Lucid’s early product and engineering teams and has driven the evolution of the company from its inception in 2004 to the launch of BuildingOS. A recipient of awards from U.S. EPA and Cleantech Open, Vladi has dozens of widely-cited publications in the field and has delivered many distinguished presentations, including at TEDx. Vladi helped pioneer groundbreaking research in commercial building monitoring systems and real-time feedback technology. Vladi earned a BA with high honors in environmental studies and computer science at Oberlin College.

Startup Weekend

September 20-22, 2019

Hosted by the Oberlin Entrepreneurship Club, In partnership with the Center for Innovation and Impact.


If you have questions about our fall programs, contact Bara Watts, bara.watts@oberlin.edu.