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Who is the
UC Center for Entrepreneurship?

The Center for Entrepreneurship was founded in 1997 to provide state-of-the-art entrepreneurship curricula and research while fostering strong community ties in the wider Cincinnati business community.  We recognize entrepreneurship as a highly interdisciplinary field of study and support collaborative opportunities to bring audiences of various backgrounds together to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. We believe that everyone has the potential to be an entrepreneur and professionally gain from studying and getting involved in entrepreneurship.


Kate Harmon

Executive Director

Our Executive Director

Kate Harmon is the El and Elaine Bourgraf Director of Entrepreneurial Practice where she brings over 10 years of experience mentoring students, faculty/staff and alumni and building inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Josie Dalton

Assistant Director

Josie Dalton's primary role is to engage students with hands-on experience in the startup ecosystem and connecting the center to further opportunities and resources.

Our Assistant

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Candace Wade

Program Coordinator

Our Program Coordinator

Candace Wade leads the student marketing team at the center and oversees programs and events hosted by the center.  Additionally, she supports the Executive and Assistant Directors in connecting students to entrepreneurial resources. 

Our Entrepreneur in Residences

Allen is the creative force behind the MORTAR brand, as well as a business consultant and training facilitator for UC students. The MORTOR program, originally intended for aspiring entrepreneurs in Over-The-Rhine, is built around a 15-week course intended to help current and future entrepreneurs construct a “comprehensive business canvas” and learn the details of business management. The program’s objective is to launch companies that generate jobs and circulate dollars locally.

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Adam Koehler

Entrepreneur In Residence


Allen Woods

Entrepreneur In Residence

Adam is an experienced entrepreneur and real estate investor with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Adam co-founded dotloop, a digital documents company that facilitated over $2 trillion in sales volume and was acquired by Zillow Group in 2015 for $108 million. He has also led Reversed Out Creative, a digital agency that has completed hundreds of custom web designs and thousands of logo design and branding projects for clients including Fortune 500 companies.


Sid Barton, PhD

Professor Emeritus and Associate Professor


Alex Burkhart

Adjunct Professor


With over 120+ years of collective teaching experience between our faculty members, we bring entrepreneurial theory and practice into the classroom helping students build thriving businesses and successful professional careers. 


Tom Dalziel, PhD

Associate Professor


Greg Lechner

Adjunct Professor


Charles H. Matthews, PhD

Distinguished Teaching Professor


Ronald Meyers

Associate Professor - Educator


Derek Shewmon

Adjunct Professor

Student Staff

Meet our student staff members who bring their considerable talents to increasing the center's reach across campus and into the wider Cincinnati entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Dimitri Dickos

Sustainability Coordinator

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Ben Booker

Sustainability Coordinator


Joshua Moore

Community Engagement Specialist


Jay Kothari

Community Engagement Specialist

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Mariah Paul Jones

Student Entrepreneur-In-Residence


Jaden Walton

Student Entrepreneur-In-Residence

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Morgan Gonzales

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

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Nida Aslam

Event Operations Specialist

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 Noelle Scheper

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

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Brooke Ramlow

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

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Tahta Fofana

Women In Entrepreneurship President

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Sara Campbell

Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

Contact us

Want to learn more about the available entrepreneurial resources on campus and how to best get engaged? Contact Kate Harmon, Executive Director, UC Center for Entrepreneurship, at

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