Center for Innovation & Growth



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CIG Network Events

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

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. Register by phone 440.826.2393 or email



Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 4:15 p.m. @ the CIG
Tuesday, February 17 | 5:30 p.m. @ the CIG
Tuesday, March 24 | 5:30 p.m. @ the CIG

January CIGtalk

Featuring Alison Tanker, Founding Director of Tigress and Sea Change Representative

Sponsored by the Center for Innovation & Growth, Blackstone LaunchPad, BW Office of Community Outreach, and The Business of Good Foundation.

Alison Tanker is a social entrepreneur passionate about female empowerment to affect social change. Her background includes an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Miami University; working internationally in Latin America, the Caribbean and the UK supporting the growth of micro-entrepreneurs and social enterprises founded by Richard Branson, Bono of U2, and Ashoka Fellows; and founding TIGRESS, a young female empowerment program that uses entrepreneurship and the creative arts to spark transformative female changemakers.

*CIGtalk participants are invited to join in BW's MLK Jr. Candlelight March at 6 p.m., which immediately follows the program. Register by phone 440.826.2393 or email

February CIGtalk

FEBRUARY'S FOR FOODIES: Culinary Startups Serve up Entrepreneurial Success

From delectable chocolates to vegan valentines, local entrepreneurs in Cleveland's culinary arts scene share stories about turning passion into opportunities in the most delicious way possible!

March CIGtalk (Part of Innovation Engineering Week at BW)

MEET GORDON DAILEY:  Cleveland Engineer with one of the Hottest Tech Startups in the Region 

Come learn from Gordon, founder of BoxCast, a live HD video-streaming company launched in the basement of a converted West Park convent and now headquartered in the "BoxCast Hangar" at Burke Lakefront Airport. A Case Western Reserve University alum with a passion for Cleveland, technology, talent and service, he'll share the story of his startup success and what it might mean for you.

Save the Date for the Spring Innovation Summit | March 26, 2015
Part of Innovation Engineering Week at Baldwin Wallace

Featuring Doug Hall of Eureka! Ranch and Other Leading Innovators

Innovation Summits are in-depth, semi-annual events where national and international leaders take deep dives into challenges and solutions faced by organizations in our constantly changing economy. The format focuses on problem-solving and the challenges of innovation faced by companies in the region. The events serve as gathering places for the NE Ohio community to connect with other thought leaders in a unique university setting. 



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. Spring schedule will be announced soon.


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