Center for Innovation & Growth

 

CIG Past Events

Fall 2013

 

 

 

  September CIGtalk

NONPROFIT INGENUITY - Social entrepreneur Mary Johnson, assistant executive director at Conucopia & Nature's Bin (Lakewood, Ohio) shared how - since 1975 - the businesses evolved from an idea to a social enterprise transforming lives, futures, and communities.

October CIGtalk
ETCH-A-ENTREPRENEUR - Local celebrity artist George Viosich III, of GV Art + Design (Lakewood, Ohio), wowed the crowd who learned how he turned a passion for artwork and toys into a world-renowned venture. George's "Etch-a-Sketch" drawings have allowed him to meet some of the most famous athletes, celebrities, and world leaders of our time, while also providing a springboard to open his own design firm.

Spring 2013  

 
 

February CIGtalk
EarthQuaker Devices (Akron, Ohio) - BW (and SPROUT) '01 grad Julie Robbins and husband, former Black Keys tour manager Jamie Stillman, wowed the crowd while sharing their entrepreneurial success story about turning their passion for music into "one of the most creative, futuristically retro stompbox outfits in the biz." (Premier Guitar magazine) 

March CIGtalk
Bold Alternatives (Cleveland, Ohio) - Rob Martens, founder of one of the most active solar businesses in the area shared how his company has been pushing the boundaries of technology and applications for the solar industry since its 2007 launch. Students and guests learned how action-oriented individuals turned passion into a business model that really got things going (and even led to the 416 solar panels installed on top of the CIG roof!
 

Fall 2012  

 
November

Innovation Summit featuring winners of the 2012 Northeast Ohio Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program

Participants learned how northeast Ohio based companies continue to overcome challenges, inspire others, and ultimately, fuel the region's economic growth at "Ingenuity & Perseverance: Real World Insights on Innovation" from 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winners Joseph A. Carrabba, chairman, president & CEO of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.; A.J. Hyland, president & CEO of Hyland Software; Eric Lofquist, founder, co-Owner, president & CEO of Magnus International Group; and Theodore Zampetis, president & CEO of Shiloh Industries Inc.

Blackstone LaunchPad Guest Entreprenuer Presentation
Connections Count: Networking for Entrepreneurs Presented by Margey Lowery, Owner, Ladies Who Launch - Cleveland

Blackstone LaunchPad Guest Entrepreneur Presentation
Featuring Alex Nosse, Co-founder, Joy Machines Bike Shop
 

October

October CIGtalk
Dr. Ray Onders, Director of Adult Minimally Invasive Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Dr. Onders shared insights on medical innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit, including how he developed a minimally invasive procedure to allow ventilator-free breathing for paralyzed patients (including actor Christopher Reeve). He has since led the effort to apply that same technology to extend the lives of ALS patients.

Blackstone LaunchPad Guest Entrepreneur Presentation
Know Your Customer: Voice of the Customer Training
Evaluating Your Venture Idea: Is it REAL? Can it WIN? Is it WORTH doing?
  

September

September CIGtalk
Tom Lix, Cleveland Whiskey
More than 40 students, innovators and community members gathered to enjoy learning from Tom Lix, Founder of Cleveland Whiskey, who shared his story as a serial entrepreneur whose most recent venture is revolutionizing whiskey production and helping transform the region. See gallery.

Blackstone LaunchPad Guest Entrepreneur Presentation
Micki Tubbs: Co-founder and CEO, FIT Technologies

Blackstone LaunchPad Opens for Business
Baldwin Wallace University officially opened the doors to a new campus program that encourages young people to pursue entrepreneurship as a career and to turn untested ideas into real business ventures. See gallery.

   

Spring 2012

 
April

Spring Innovation Summit
The Heart of Innovation - Building Trust & Encouraging Risk
Keynote speakers:  
Mark Shapiro
President, Cleveland Indians and
Carmen Medina
Recently retired Deputy Director of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency
 

February  

CIG Innovation Salon - "From an Idea to a Business"
Guest Speakers: Entrepreneurs Mike Belsito and Bryan Chaikin
Co-founders, eFuneral, the first online platform to connect families in need with funeral directors in their own neighborhoods (and which launched in its first market – Cleveland – at the time Mike and Bryan visited CIG)
Andradia Scovil
Recruiting Leader, Bizdom Cleveland
 

January

CIG Innovation Salon - "Local Brothers. Ice Cream Innovators."
Guest Speaker: Pete Mitchell
Co-founder, Mitchell Brothers Ice Cream
 
   

Fall 2011

 
November 

Fall Innovation Summit
Myths and Realities: Building a Culture of Innovation"
Keynote speaker:  Saul Kaplan
Founder and Chief Catalyst, Business Innovation Factory

Don Esch, President & COO, Bettcher Industries

Susan Luria, Vice President, BioEnterprise

Paul Pirozzola, Global Marketing Manager, The Lubrizol Corporation

Dale Ashby, Vice President of Innovation & Technology, Parker Hannifin
 

October   

LiveStream Interactive Program (Webinar)
"Growing Thought Leadership"
Keynote speaker: Peter Senge
Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Founder of Society for Organizational Learning and award-winning author of The Fifth Discipline
 

October

CIG Innovation Salon - "Nonprofit Ingenuity"
Guest Speaker: Juliana Chase-Morefield
Executive Director, Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
 

September

CIG Innovation Salon - "Innovation in Marketing from the Agency Perspective"
Guest Speaker:  Jason Therrien
Founder & President, thunder::tech


Spring 2010

Spring Summit Open Innovation - video

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