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Welcome to the Center for Entrepreneurship

The University of Cincinnati’s Center for Entrepreneurship educates through innovative classes, programs and community engagement.


Who are we?

Founded in 1997, the University of Cincinnati's Center for Entrepreneurship offers a range of curricula, programs, funding, and resources to help all UC students develop their entrepreneurial mindset. Housed on the 4th floor of the Lindner College of Business in the Kautz Attic innovation space, we foster an interdisciplinary community where students can meet one another and test out their ideas in a safe, supportive environment while learning from experienced founders and mentors from the greater Cincinnati entrepreneurial ecosystem.  


Upcoming Events

Get engaged in our student entrepreneurial community by attending one of our upcoming events. All events are held in the Kautz Attic (Lindner College of Business 4350) unless specified differently.

Bearcat Launchpad

Tuesdays 5:30-7PM

5-week business model development workshop series.

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Free Food
Getting Started
Meeting (Asst Dir. Josie)

Tues. & Thurs. 2PM-4PM

Weekly drop-in for help on forming your venture idea & learn about the center.

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(CEO Allen Woods)

Tuesdays 3PM-6PM

Weekly one-on-one meeting for advice & guidance on your business.

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Innovation Challenge

Wednesdays 5:30PM

Weekly meetup for students interested in building a product or business model.

Sponsored by CEAS Tribunal.

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Free Food
Open Source Meetup

3rd Thursday of the Month

6PM- 7:30PM

Monthly meetup for students to collaborate on OS projects & meet experts in the field.

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Free Food
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Competitions and Funding

We offer several ways for UC students to test their business and nonprofit ideas and gain non-dilutive (free) funding to advance their venture forward by working with us. Additionally, for select, interested UC student teams, we offer the ability to subsidize your travel and lodging costs for participating in regional or national business competitions where additional funding and mentorship is available.

Spark Grant

Powered by the Fealy Bearcat Bridge Fund, Spark Grants provide $500 to UC students looking to advance a for-profit or nonprofit idea. Funds can be used for prototyping, marketing, technical or legal assistance.  Spark Grant applications are accepted every fall and spring semester.

Applications Due:

April 1st, 2023

Awardees Announced:

April 8th, 2023

Applications Due:

March 19th, 2023

In-person Pitch Competition & Awards Ceremony:

April 6th, 2023

IQ-Elevator Pitch Competition

Are you a first-year and have an idea for the next big business? Applications for our Spring 2023 first year IQ-E Pitch Competition are now open. Send in a video of your pitch by Sunday, March 19th for a chance to win a share of $2,500 in total cash prizes! Work by yourself or with a team to develop a business model to any problem you want!


Ways we can support you

Have an idea but don't know where to start? Looking for a co-founder or want to meet other likeminded UC students? Need access to a makerspace for prototyping purposes? Check out the following cross-campus, regional and online entrepreneurial resources available to help get you started.


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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