Monday, May 25, 2009

Keeping and attracting talent to Columbus - IdeaPitch and Industry Forum wrapup

On Wednesday May 20th Tech Columbus and Business Builders Club collaborated to present the IdeaPitch and Industry Forum.  There were over 200 people in attendance at this meaningful event.  The Industry Forum was a new twist on the career fair - where students, companies, and industry professionals were able to connect and build relationships in a casual yet professional environment.  Thanks to PMI and all participating companies/individuals for sponsoring the Industry Forum!

The IdeaPitch Competition was the second of it's kind put on by the Business Builders Club.  It featured three rounds: (1) Executive Summary, (2) Elevator Pitch, (3) Venture Capital style pitch.  The competition featured two tracks: "Back-of-the-Napkin" (purely conceptual idea) and "Ready-to-Fly" (currently operating business).  First place winners in each track received $500 each - in the form of a big check (check the pictures!).  The winner of the Back-of-the-Napkin track was Columbus Green Consultants (contact: Michael Pintar  The winner of the Ready-to-Fly track was Frosh Tees Limited (contact: Nils Root  The IdeaPitch competition was made possible thanks to generous support from Sterling Commerce and FastSwitch

The IdeaPitch Competition allows undergraduate students at Ohio State and Central Ohio universities to conceptualize and articulate their ideas - and get feedback from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors.  To get involved in future IdeaPitch Competition or other Business Builders Club initiatives - contact Luke Barbara (President 2009-2010) at

Business Builders Club is the entrepreneurship student organization at Ohio State.  Business Builders Club connects current and aspiring entrepreneurs with the knowledge, resources, and connections to build successful businesses and social ventures. (new website launching soon!)  TechColumbus accelerates the growth of the innovation economy by providing vital resources and assistance to people and enterprises that depend on technology to achieve their business goals.  Both organizations look forward to working together in the future to catalyze entrepreneurship and innovation in Central Ohio!

Luke Barbara
President, Business Builders Club


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