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CIG Network Events

Join Us for CIG Innovation Summits, CIGtalks and Blackstone LaunchPad Community of Entrepreneurs Events!


Innovation Summits

Blackstone LaunchPad Workshops

Bad Girl Ventures Courses

BAD GIRL VENTURES FALL COURSES HELD AT THE CIG are premier entrepreneurial resources for women in Ohio. Bad Girl Ventures empowers female entrepreneurs by providing them with essential startup tools as well as access to capital. The 10-class curriculum combining funding with education is immensely valuable. $35/class or $250/pass for all classes. Takes place Wednesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. starting September 17. Open to the public. Bad girls, and bad guys, alike. See schedule here.Register today.

CIGtalks are free networking events for area entrepreneurs, students, and alumni  to hear local stories of innovation and entrepreneurship! Satisfy your appetite with stimulating conversation, free pizza, and beverages while exploring your role in northeast Ohio's future. 

Tuesday, September 16 | 5:30 p.m.
Surrarrer Auditorium (Telfer Hall)
With RYAN FARRIS, Ph.D., P.E., Parker Hannifin Corp.
Co-inventor of the first lightweight and portable exoskeleton that allow paraplegics with severe spinal cord injuries to stand up and walk!
See: Wearable Robots for Millions Confined to Wheelchairs
And: Paralyzed Man Able to Walk Again with Help of Mechanical Device

Tuesday, November 18 | 5:30 p.m. | Registration Open Soon
Center for Innovation & Growth | CIG 112-113
Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week
Learn from inspiring social entrepreneur Liz Ferro, the woman who created a nonprofit, which empowers young girls through fitness. Helping them lace up for a lifetime of achievement, the girls turn to inner strength when times get tough.
See: NBC Today Show Spotlight on Girls with Sole

INNOVATION SUMMITS are in-depth, semi-annual events where national and international innovation leaders take deep dives into challenges and solutions faced by organizations in our VUCA (volatile, unstable, complex, ambiguous) economy.  The format focuses on problem-solving and the challenges of innovation faced by companies in the region. Learn from the successes and trials of area leaders while building social capital.

CIG INNOVATION SUMMIT Registration Open Soon
SAVE THE DATE | Thursday, November 20 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | CIG 112, 113, 114
Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week
Meet Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award winners. Featured speakers will share stories of innovation and the effect on their organizations in a TED Talk-style format. 

BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD EVENTS are meetings of BW's Community of Entrepreneurs.That's you! Free workshops, free pizza and open to all classes. ALL MAJORS. Thursdays. 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union's Quarry Room, Register Here.

Sept. 4 - Why Be an Entrepreneur? Idea Generation 101
Sept. 11 - How to Recognize an Opportunity
Sept. 25 - Intro to Legal Structures and IP
Oct. 9 - The Business Model Canvas
Oct. 23 - Next Step? Make One!
Oct. 30 - Building Your Personal Network
Nov. 6 - The Elevator Pitch
Nov. 20 - Funding Your Idea (Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week)
Dec. 4 - Professionalism and Business Etiquette


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