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SunDown Rundown Business Pitch Event – Columbus

Central Ohio is full of great entrepreneurial talent.

If you have an idea and you want to make it happen, SunDown RunDown is the best place to showcase your idea and grab a beer while you’re there.

Doors open at 5:30pm, pitches start by shortly after 6:00pm

Here’s how it works for those who pitch:

1) Before the event: Submit your idea to us on our site here.  – you’ll actually hear back from us, no secret handshakes, no buddy, buddy shenanigans with us.

2) Register to Attend

3) We’ll schedule you to pitch at one of our events – and you better show up!

4) You pitch, get feedback on your idea, and maybe make a connection to help move your idea further. And we do this at night and we try to have 4 pitches during that time.

Here’s how it works for the audience:

1) Register to Attend

2) Give critical, but constructive feedback to the pitched business idea.

 

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Product and Service Creation I – Evaluating Your Idea

Ages 16+
Under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian.

Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

Believe it or not Innovation and Creativity is a process.  You actually have to work at it to come up with ideas.  Very rarely does lightning just strike your brain, unless your idea is a lightning rod directly attached to your skull, but I digress.  This session will walk you through some of the strategies and activities you can do to come up with ideas for your next great product or service and evaluate that idea to see if there are actually customers willing to buy.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

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Forming Your Business II – Setting The Stage for Success

Ages: 16+
Under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian.

Instructor: Paul Proffitt, SunDown Group

When you set out to form your business, you need to also think about the end.  How will you exit the business?  Do you want to sell it, take it public, pass it on to future generations, or just shut it down when you are done?  Success takes on different forms and this session will help you prepare for it.

This course is structured in a lecture and workshop format; giving you not just the theory, but real world scenarios.

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SunDown Rundown Business Pitch Event – Columbus

Central Ohio is full of great entrepreneurial talent.

If you have an idea and you want to make it happen, SunDown RunDown is the best place to showcase your idea and grab a beer while you’re there.

Doors open at 5:30pm, pitches start by shortly after 6:00pm

Here’s how it works for those who pitch:

1) Before the event: Submit your idea to us on our site here.  – you’ll actually hear back from us, no secret handshakes, no buddy, buddy shenanigans with us.

2) Register to Attend

3) We’ll schedule you to pitch at one of our events – and you better show up!

4) You pitch, get feedback on your idea, and maybe make a connection to help move your idea further. And we do this at night and we try to have 4 pitches during that time.

Here’s how it works for the audience:

1) Register to Attend

2) Give critical, but constructive feedback to the pitched business idea.

 

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Ohio State Business Builders Club – Entrepreneurship Spectacular

The Entrepreneurship Spectacular is a speaker event presented by the Business Builders Club at Ohio State, open to anyone, both non-students and students.

BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL

Success in entrepreneurship requires grit and creativity. Come listen to well-known, successful entrepreneurs and thought-leaders tell the exciting, perhaps not-so-public details about their climbs to success, by means that many of us might consider… unusual.

Speakers

  • EVERETTE TAYLOR – Top 10 Snapchat influencer, CMO at Skurt, former CMO at Sticker Mule, internationally acclaimed marketing genius and entrepreneur.
  • MICHAEL REDD – Former NBA Star, Entrepreneur/Investor, venture partner at Third Wave Digital, a VC firm in California.
  • JASON FRIED – We will be having a live video Q&A with Jason, the cofounder and CEO of Basecamp, which is the leading web-based project management and collaboration tool.
  • ROGER BLACKWELL – World renowned speaker, author, and namesake of the Blackwell Inn.
  • DANNY ORTIZ – Investor relations at Third Wave Digital and has traveled the world speaking in countries such as Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico and almost every major city in the United States.
  • XANDER SCHULTZ – Founding team member of multiple notable consumer tech startups, former CEO of Complete (an Apple Best New App).
  • BILLY GOLDBERG – Founder and president of The Buckeye Group, author, and former Vice President at Bank of America.
  • CONNOR BLAKLEY – At 17 years old, he worked and continues to work alongside Intercept Group, a North American Gen Y & Z consultancy, who supports brands like Microsoft, 3M, 7-Eleven, Unilever, Toyota and L’Oreal.
  • JONATHAN LACOSTE – an award-winning entrepreneur and writer, co-founder and President of Jebbit, the youngest entrepreneur to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in Marketing and Advertising, was the “Emerging Executive of the Year” in the state of Massachusetts and is considered one of the youngest entrepreneurs to raise venture capital, at age 19.

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SunDown Rundown Business Pitch Event – Akron

Northeastern Ohio is full of great entrepreneurial talent.

If you have an idea and you want to make it happen, SunDown RunDown is the best place to showcase your idea and grab a beer while you’re there.

Doors open at 5:00pm, pitches start by shortly after 5:30pm

Here’s how it works for those who pitch:

1) Before the event: Submit your idea to us on our site here.  – you’ll actually hear back from us, no secret handshakes, no buddy, buddy shenanigans with us.

2) Register to Attend

3) We’ll schedule you to pitch at one of our events – and you better show up!

4) You pitch, get feedback on your idea, and maybe make a connection to help move your idea further. And we do this at night and we try to have 4 pitches during that time.

Here’s how it works for the audience:

1) Register to Attend

2) Give critical, but constructive feedback to the pitched business idea.

 

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SunDown Rundown Business Pitch Event – Columbus

Central Ohio is full of great entrepreneurial talent.

If you have an idea and you want to make it happen, SunDown RunDown is the best place to showcase your idea and grab a beer while you’re there.

Doors open at 5:30pm, pitches start by shortly after 6:00pm

Here’s how it works for those who pitch:

1) Before the event: Submit your idea to us on our site here.  – you’ll actually hear back from us, no secret handshakes, no buddy, buddy shenanigans with us.

2) Register to Attend

3) We’ll schedule you to pitch at one of our events – and you better show up!

4) You pitch, get feedback on your idea, and maybe make a connection to help move your idea further. And we do this at night and we try to have 4 pitches during that time.

Here’s how it works for the audience:

1) Register to Attend

2) Give critical, but constructive feedback to the pitched business idea.

 

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Columbus Metro Club – Be The Boss: How to Start and Fund A New Business Recap

I had to opportunity to attend the Columbus Metro Club’s Forum on Tuesday, May 3rd to see what was going to be covered from the panel.  Going into this forum, I knew the main focus of funding was going to be talking about taking on debt – after all two of the three panelists represent alternative lending groups and the moderator also represented an alternative lending group.  This was were much of the conversation was around… access to capital… which was access to debt.

The typical talking points about how we have a very talented workforce, entrepreneurs trying to bootstrap, great corporations, a top university, etc., etc. are all of the ones we have heard before.  During the Q&A we did get to the core of the issue of what is needed to make startups successful in Ohio – Risk Capital.

Allen Proctor Speaks to part of the issue of risk capital here.

I come in a bit later and try to more directly address the elephant in the room with investment and risk capital for startups here.

The answers we got from the panel was a bit short in this area for strategies and suggestions on how to get more people off of the bench and into the game.  Education at a high level is nice, but these educational programs are not well attended.  We have run investor education classes with low turn outs, Allen’s group has done the same with the same results.  The facts are that we are in a very low risk area of the country.  What I have found is tremendous cheer leading from groups around Central Ohio, but very little true action to help take startups to the next step.

It comes down to the people that have the ability to do more by putting their dollars into new ventures.

 

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