Encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs is vital to the economy. The colleges and universities in our region have programs focused on the mechanics of starting businesses and growing them into promising young companies. In an effort to expose students to the support and opportunities Northeast Ohio affords budding businesses, student entrepreneurs are invited to share their company ideas or launched businesses in the Charter One Foundation Student Business Idea Competition.
All participants are invited to attend the Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Expo on Monday, April 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art and their videos will appear in an “online gallery” of ideas, with the three finalists put up for public vote during the week of March 31.
The top six teams (based on a combination of offline judging by entrepreneurs-in-residence and online public vote) will be able to gain even more feedback from mentors, service providers and investors during the Speed Advising Sessions at the Expo; of these six, the top three will also receive win exposure, support resources and a check for up to $1500 to grow their businesses ($1500 first, $600 second, $400 third).
Are you a student that’s interested in participating? Are you a professor or teacher with a student who has a promising business idea? The deadline to apply is March 14, so email us for more information on how you can take part.