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Innovation Center offers free workshops, coaching for entrepreneurs

From staff reports | Aug 29, 2017

The Innovation Center, Ohio University’s high-tech small business incubator, is offering free workshops and business coaching for area entrepreneurs this fall.

The IDEAtion Workshops are designed to help individuals develop new business ideas. Erin Rennich, Innovation Center client liaison and certified Strategyzer Facilitator, will guide participants through answering questions such as: Who are my customers? What do they want? What is the problem that I’m trying to solve? What makes my idea better than the other ideas?

Participants receive a Strategyzer Business Model Canvas, Strategyzer Value Proposition Canvas and a plan for next steps.

The workshops will be held on the following dates:

  Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  Tuesday, Oct. 3, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  Tuesday, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Participants must register online for their workshop date of choice:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eehljo0s8d1ac40f&oseq=&c=&ch = All workshops will be held at the Innovation Center, 340 W. State St., Athens. Contact Rennich at 740-593-9401.

In addition to the IDEAtion Workshops, the Innovation Center continues to offer open coaching hours this fall. TechGROWTH Ohio Executive-in-Residence Michele Migliuolo is on-site several times per week to talk with budding entrepreneurs about their business ventures and to provide free feedback, guidance and advice. Migliuolo, co-founder of five technology companies, is an advisor, coach and mentor to multiple startups.

Individuals seeking startup advice can meet with Migliuolo at the following times:

  Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about open coaching hours or other programs at the Innovation Center, please contact Tanya Conrath, associate director, at 740-593-9346 or conratht@ohio.edu.  Visit the Innovation Center online at www.ohio.edu/innovation.