Are you Innovating or Stuck in Innovation Theater?
Thursday, January 18, 9:00am - 10:30am

Hyper-growth start-ups are driving established companies out of the Fortune 500 and disrupting entire industries on a regular basis. Corporations find themselves more than ever in need of change, but many struggle to keep pace with the rapid pace of innovation.

The traditional management practice of planning and control stifles enterprise innovation. To succeed, corporations need a different organizational structure. In this session, Brett will discuss how today's world demands a new management approach that transforms the risk of change into an asset. Ryan will lead a discussion on innovation and product creation.

Join CIE, Ryan Frederick, and Brett Buchanan to learn about practicing sustainable growth and innovation through new approaches and techniques.

When: Thursday, January 18, 2018, 9:00 - 10:30am (Doors open at 8:30am)
Light breakfast items and beverages will be provided.
Where: Mason Hall 2nd Floor Rotunda, 250 W. Woodruff Avenue. Parking is available in the Lane Avenue and Tuttle Parking Garages.

Ryan Frederick, Principal AWH
In addition to being Principal at AWH, a product consulting and creation company, Ryan is the Director of Startup Grind, a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Ryan has helped many companies grow their sales, revenues, market share, and profitability. He has worked with companies across a variety industries and of all shapes and sizes. One of Frederick's passions is to help startups grow from inception, to viability, through to sustainability.

Brett Buchanan, Director, Product Management at Gap Inc.
Brett Buchanan is an experienced and proven product leader with a passion for delivering the right new set of technology investments to move the business forward. He has had the opportunity to build products from scratch, as well as grow and evolve existing businesses that are used by millions of people. Currently at Gap, Buchanan leads a team of product managers responsible for the payment experience and products.

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For more information, contact Jennifer Heckscher, Director of Operations: heckscher.1@osu.edu.

best of Student Startups (BOSS) Finale 
November 29th, 5:00-7:30pm

Join the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Autumn 2017 Best of Student Startups (BOSS) Finale! Attend and watch 5 student finalists pitch their ideas for a product/business/service and compete for $3,000 of funding towards their idea. Also, there will be FREE Food for guests at the event venue, the PAST Innovation Lab. 

To learn more about the BOSS Program and RSVP, visit go.osu.edu/BOSS

 

Past Events

  • Wolstein Entrepreneurial Leadership Summit

    Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein
    Entrepreneurial Leadership Summit
    Ohio Pathways to Entrepreneurship

    Thursday, November 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
     

    It's an exciting time for entrepreneurship in Columbus, the region and the state of Ohio. A Forbes article recently touted Ohio as "the best state in America to launch a start up," and the Kauffman Foundation recently rated Columbus number one in scaling startups.

    Join us to learn more about how Ohio State's support of student entrepreneurs through the Wolstein Scholars and other programs, and hear from entrepreneurs, the venture capital community and the Smart Columbus initiative.

    Who will attend:
    Leaders from the entrepreneurship, venture capital and accelerator communities, innovators, academics and students.

    AGENDA

    Featured Speakers

    headshotShawn Springs, Founder and CEO, Windpact
    Protecting Body & Mind: An Entrepreneurial Journey

    Join us to learn more about Shawn's inspiring entrepreneurial journey as the founder and CEO of Windpact, an impact protection company developing safety technology to be used in sports, military and recreation equipment.

    Interactive Panel: Student Pathways to Entrepreneurship
    This interactive discussion will feature Wolstein Scholars and other entrepreneurial Ohio State students and alumni who will share their experiences along the entrepreneurship continuum.

    headshotJordan Davis, Director, Smart Columbus
    Pathways to Opportunity

    Learn more about Smart Columbus' innovative public and private partnerships and how the initiative is setting the path forward for entrepreneurship and economic opportunity in central Ohio.

     

    headshotGene Smith, Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director
    Learn more about how the Wolstein Leadership Academy equips student-athletes with the knowledge and skills necessary to emerge as leaders on and off the playing field.

    Interactive Panel, The Entrepreneurial Future of Ohio
    A panel of experts from central Ohio's thriving entrepreneurship community will discuss the future of entrepreneurship in the region and beyond. Featuring:

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    Falon Donohue
    CEO
    Venture Ohio

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    Cheryl Turnbull
    Sr. Director, Venture Capital and New Ventures
    The Ohio State University

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    Wayne Embree
    Executive Vice President
    Rev 1 Ventures

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    Rich Langdale
    Partner
    NCT Ventures

  • September 19 2017, Innovation Practice Workshop

    How to Deliver Dramatically Better Innovation Results with "Jobs-to-Be-Done"
    Mason Hall Rotunda, Columbus, OH | 8:30-10:00am (doors open at 8:00am)

    We know from study after study that the key to successful growth is having a clear understanding of customers' unmet needs.

    Yet many leaders struggle with how to innovate, differentiate and grow because they don't know where their target customers' needs remain unmet. Without this information, it's very hard to create new offerings that matter, or brand messaging and positioning that connects. Instead, leaders resort to guessing about what will create value for customers and, not surprisingly, this leads to high failure rates, frustration, wasted resources and damaged reputation.

    Join CIE and Urko Wood to learn about the jobs-to-be-done approach to uncovering your customer's unmet needs in a form that is ideal for driving innovation and growth. The JTBD approach enables companies to: 

    • Turn innovation into a predictable business process increasing new product success rates 2 - 3X
    • Create new offerings that customers want, experiences that delight, and messaging that connects
    • Complement and improve other approaches, e.g., design thinking, lean startup, etc.
    • Prevent wasting time and money on ideas customers don't want
    • Accelerate revenue growth


    This interactive workshop will include a brief overview with time for application and Q&A.

    When: Tuesday, September 19, 8:30 - 10:00am (Doors open at 8:00am).
    Light breakfast items and beverages will be provided.
    Where: Mason Hall 2nd Floor Rotunda, 250 W. Woodruff Avenue. Parking is available in the Lane Avenue and  Tuttle Parking Garages.

    Urko
    Urquhart (Urko) Wood, Founder and President, Reveal Growth
    Urko started Reveal Growth Consultants in 2012 to help clients differentiate, innovate, and grow using the jobs-to-be-done approach. Some of his clients include Battelle Memorial, Becton Dickinson, Cintas, General Motors, Herman Miller, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, and NetJets. For seven years prior, he was a Strategy Advisor at Strategyn, the pioneer and leader of the jobs-to-be-done approach. Urko is a Contributing Writer on growth strategy for The Business Journals. He has a BA from Kenyon College and an MBA in Marketing from The Wharton School.

  • August 16 2017, Summer Session Part 2: Data and Digital Disruption

    THE FAWCETT CENTER, COLUMBUS, OH | 9 A.M. - NOON (FOLLOWED BY NETWORKING LUNCH)

    Fisher's Summer Series on top business challenges continues in August with a look at how the explosion of data and disruptive digital technologies are transforming businesses in a variety of industries.

    Today, technology companies aren’t the only ones that need to be worried about a disruptor appearing overnight and rewriting the rules of the game. The accelerating pace of digital innovation – and a related explosion of available data
    – is a force to be reckoned with in any industry, and successfully adapting for the digital age is becoming a critical factor in growing competitive edge. For companies that invest in staying ahead of the curve, the opportunities are many – but so are the risks.

    “Top Business Challenges: Data and Digital Disruption” features a blend of big-picture perspectives on digital disruption and risk along with a ground-level view inside companies finding their own way in this exciting new territory:

    Featured speakers at the session include:

    • Digital Vortex: Jeremy Aston, a senior director at IT giant Cisco, kicks off the morning with a look inside the company’s own digital transformation and research insights from Digital Vortex, a new book co-written by leaders in its Digitization Office. Past Cisco research has found that as many as 40 percent of industry incumbents could be affected by digital disruption in the next half-decade, yet only a quarter of executives say they’re proactively tackling the challenge.
    • Transformed Digital, Born Digital: The session continues with a pair of case studies of two very different companies leveraging data and digital technologies in unique ways to grow and thrive. Bruce Millard, VP of Digital and Customer Innovation at Columbus-based Safelite, will share how the 70-year-old company has transformed itself for the digital age. Mark and Megan Kvamme, founders of Columbus-based FactGem, follow up by sharing their “born digital” story and how they’ve harnessed the power of data analytics at their local startup.
    • Data and Digital Risk: Dennis Hirsch, director of the Program on Data and Governance at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, closes out the morning with a look at the many risks companies leveraging data and digital technology should be aware of.
  • July 18 2017, Summer Session Part 1: Winning the Talent War

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 9:00am-noon 

    The U.S. work force is at a turning point, with change swirling everywhere: Millennials are now the largest generation in the workplace. Baby boomers – and their decades of institutional knowledge – are nearing retirement after putting it off during last decade’s recession. Constant technological leaps are rewriting the rules for the skill sets that matter. What does this mean for organizations trying to attract and hire today’s talent? How does this change the game for their ongoing efforts to build an innovation culture and develop their existing employees?

    At this session, gain insights on this issue from three compelling angles:

    • The Big Picture: Brookings Institution Fellow Marek Gootman will be unveiling results of a new work-force survey conducted in conjunction with the National Center for the Middle Market. The survey, set to be released in late June, looks at how companies are responding to large-scale shifts in work-force dynamics to hire and retain workers.
    • The Ground War: Join four talent acquisition and management leaders from major Ohio-based companies for a wide-ranging panel discussion on how their organizations are responding to these work-force trends. The panel, moderated by Fisher HR expert Marc Ankerman, features:
      • Tony Moore, head of talent acquisition, Marathon Petroleum Corp
      • Will Shepherd, director of enterprise learning and development, Wendy's Co.
      • Kathy Smith, VP talent development, Nationwide
      • Kelly Wilson, VP HR-talent management, Cardinal Health 
    • The Pipeline: Jamie Mathews-Mead, senior director of graduate career management at Fisher closes out the session with a look at how the college is preparing students to best meet companies’ rapidly evolving needs and how organizations can best partner with the college to build and grow their work forces.
  • Innovation Summit 2017 Sponsored by the Cullman Family

    INNOVATION SUMMIT 2017
    SPONSORED BY THE CULLMAN FAMILY

    Innovation and Disruption in the Next Digital Age
    Hosted by The Ohio State University
    Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Doors open at 8 a.m.
    Fawcett Center Ballrooms, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210

    Breakfast and lunch provided

    Digital technologies — such as analytics, mobile, social media, embedded devices and artificial intelligence — continue to advance rapidly as enabling and disruptive forces in many industries. Join us to learn more about the strategic and organizational factors that drive successful innovation and digital transformation.

    The Ohio State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Innovation Summit 2017 will bring together perspectives from industry and academia. We will explore a variety of frameworks, insights, resources and connections to better understand and address innovation challenges. The program will feature engaging speakers and unique and interactive program design.

    WHO WILL ATTEND:

    Entrepreneurial-minded leaders, academics & students. Innovators, technology leaders, R&D experts, marketing executives and managers from diverse industries
    Agenda

    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Trish GormanDr. Trish Gorman, Innovation Expert, The Ohio State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Innovators, Disruptors & Strategists: Competing in the Digital Arena
    Dr. Gorman’s interactive session will provide tools and approaches to help you set your firm’s innovation agenda and strategize in the face of disruptive forces. How can your organization benefit from artificial intelligence, big data, IoT, social or mobile?  Applying the fundamentals of innovation can help your firm harness digital technologies to create new sources of value. Trish Gorman is an educator and author with extensive consulting experience.  She has developed innovation tools used in hundreds of organizations and leads programs in corporate entrepreneurship and innovative growth strategies. 

    dmangesAn Interview with Dan Manges, Chief Technology Officer, Root
    Conversation led by Ryan Frederick, Principal, AWH and Director, StartUp Grind
    Dan Manges is the CTO of Root, an auto insurance startup that uses data science to identify and insure good drivers. Root was started in 2015 in Columbus, Ohio, and has raised $7M from Drive Capital. By not insuring bad drivers, Root is able to reduce insurance premiums for good drivers significantly. Prior to Root, Dan was the founding CTO of Braintree, an online payments company that was acquired by PayPal in 2013 for $800M.

    INTERACTIVE EXPERT PANELS

    j.sonnettOpportunities and Challenges of Digital Transformation
    Facilitated by Jim Sonnett, Redwood Innovation
    Digital technologies continue to transform customer experience, internal processes and entire business models. Our expert panel will discuss strategies and challenges related to identifying and capturing new opportunities.

    mweilerDesign Thinking and Disruption in the Wild
    Facilitated by Monica Weiler, Stratos Innovation Group
    More than ever, companies are using a design thinking approach to create disruptive solutions. Our unique workshop-style panel of experts and design thinking pioneers will discuss the realities of design thinking "in the wild" and will share their insights, successes and challenges. The discussion time will include rapid hands-on activities and useful tools to help you navigate the complexities and ambiguity when integrating design thinking into your innovation process.

  • Innovation Practice: Killer Ideas Workshop

    PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN INNOVATION PRACTICE WORKSHOP - KILLER IDEAS

    Wednesday, March 29, 4:30-6:00pm. Doors open at 4pm
    Featuring Dr. Trish Gorman, Senior Lecturer, Fisher College of Business and Innovation Expert, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Are you looking for your next big killer idea?  Are you starting up an innovation initiative, business or social enterprise around a truly valuable and unique core idea?  If you are looking for a 'category killer' idea of your own - or want to build from the kernel of an idea to a truly powerful concept, join us.  You will learn a highly effective process that has been used in hundreds of ideation workshops and has created millions of dollars worth of innovative services and products in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

    When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 4:30-6:00pm; registration begins at 4pm
    Where: Pfahl Hall 202 (adjacent to The Blackwell), 280 W. Woodruff Avenue, Columbus, OH
    Parking: Available in the Lane Avenue or Tuttle Park Place parking garages.

  • Executive Education - Innovation Practice

    Infuse an Innovation Competency Into Your Organization
    Learn how to effectively harness the theories, tools and practices of innovation for your employees, teams and organization

    Sustainable innovation is one of the most important issues facing businesses today. The introduction of new ideas, products, services and processes that drive revenue growth for industries and companies requires a culture of innovation in which every employee is engaged.

    Our research and experience confirms that creating and maintaining an innovative culture requires trained experts to guide and encourage innovation.

    The Ohio State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Fisher College of Business Executive Education program are once again offeringInnovation Practice, an interactive, project-based course which provides strategies for top-line revenue growth across the organization. Over the course of five consecutive Fridays, students learn to apply the theories, tools and practices of innovation that create, capture and deliver value to an organization and its customers. Topics include the types and levels of innovation; ideation and design thinking; consumer research methodologies; competitive strategy; risk management and measurement; portfolio management; organizational structures; and leadership and culture.

    When: Five sessions on Fridays in 2016:
    January 22 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    January 29 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    February 5 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    February 12 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    February 19 8 a.m. - noon

  • Champions of Innovation in the Middle Market

    If you are a middle market leader looking to drive growth and innovation in your organization, plan on attending this insightful and valuable conference presented by Inc. Magazine and The Ohio State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

    October 2, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, CO

    Champions of Innovation featured Michael Leiblein, Associate Professor at the Fisher College of Business and Academic Director of The Ohio State University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Leiblein presented "Managing Innovation in the Middle Market: What the Best Companies Do" based on findings from "Organizing for Innovation in the Middle Market," a report from Dr. Leiblein, the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) and Cherry Bekaert LLP. The research, which examined perspectives on innovation among C-suite executives of middle market companies, found firms that employ low-risk innovative initiatives produce valuable returns, while the most adept companies with a more aggressive innovation profile grow more quickly.

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