We Build Entrepreneurs
The Business Builders Club is more than a student organization. We are a group of passionate students who collaborate with the Columbus Community and organizations around the world to foster entrepreneurship. The BBC recruits, educates, and funds talented students at Ohio State. Our members are excited by the challenges and opportunities provided by entrepreneurship. Some of us are determined to end poverty. Some of us want to be millionaires. All of us want to change the world.Become A Member Now
Once a week the members and guests of the BBC get together for a weekly meeting. The meetings last one hour and are intended to educate and inspire our members. There are number of ways we engage our members on a weekly basis.
Quarterly IdeaPitch Competition
Each quarter, The Business Builders Club runs our signature IdeaPitch Competition. The event is simple: you pitch your idea to our stellar panel of judges, they give you invaluable feedback, and, if you have one of the top three pitches, we’ll cut you a big fat check. We wouldn’t be able to put the event on without our fantastic partners and sponsors.
The Entrepreneurship Spectacular
Entrepreneurship is spectacular. It drives economic growth worldwide and is responsible for the cars we drive, the planes we fly, the smartphones we love, and the beer that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This year, we brought over a dozen entrepreneurs for three panel discussions regarding entrepreneurship, followed by an earth-shattering keynote and a career fair with over a dozen local companies. This event rules.
Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit
The Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit is a dynamic conference that engages students, academics, and community leaders to explore innovative, market-based solutions to poverty. Started in 2009, APTE has grown to a 400+ attendee event, thanks in part to our dynamic speakers who are movers and shakers in their field. Organizations who have been a part of APTE include Ashoka, Acumen Fund, Freshbox Catering, Nuru International, the World Bank, Grameen America, Kiva, Energize Clinton County, FrontlineSMS:Medic, World of Good Development Organization, PassionWorks Studio, and many more.
We Couldn’t Do It Without Them
Rich Langdale and the entire NCT Ventures team have played a pivotal role in creating an entrepreneurial culture at Ohio State. Walking through their office in Columbus’ Arena District, you’ll notice they’re very comfortable working with BBC talent. Langdale helped OSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship get off the ground and is also a regular supporter of the BBC’s mission.
Dr. Michael Camp, Nikki Modlich, and Nancy Ray are professionals in the Fisher College of Business who are working hard to lead, educate, and serve aspiring entrepreneurs. By hosting the Center’s annual Business Plan Competition, placing students in local startups via the Wheeler Internship Program, and providing work space for startups within the BBC, the Center has successfully enriched the lives of many students pursuing their passion for entrepreneurship.
Mark Pukita and Randy Dean of Fast Switch have “walked the walk” by supporting the Business Builders Club with the vision of creating a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Central Ohio. Their successful business practices and philanthropic generosity are characteristics all of us in the BBC work to emulate.
During Rob Nicholson’s time as President of the BBC, the club met and passed the vertex of the proverbial hockey stick growth model. If you’re not sure what that means, email Nicholson and he’ll grab coffee with you to explain it. Following that explanation, he’ll help you start your first business. Nicholson’s dedication to the long-term success of the BBC is a true testament to his passion for giving back. His company, The Nicholson Center, is a great example of using entrepreneurship to better the lives of others.
Paul Haggard is the Community Affairs and Diversity Director at Sterling Commerce and has been a supporter of the BBC for the past 2 years. His big-picture approach is contagious. Thanks to Paul and Sterling Commerce’s efforts, the BBC has been able to fund entrepreneurial-minded students at OSU.
Working with Tech Columbus has helped the BBC host IdeaPitch competitions that fund students’ entrepreneurial ideas. Located just a stone’s throw away from OSU’s main campus, Tech Columbus serves as a major resource of funding and incubation for startups in Central Ohio. Tech Columbus is working to grow Central Ohio into a technology powerhouse.
Ben Blanquera is determined to foster a community of technological innovation and entrepreneurship in Central Ohio. He won’t tell you his work is done, but if you take a look around, he and his organization Tech Life Ohio have done a great job of bringing together local tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, investors, professionals, and students. His weekly newsletter, Columbus Startup Digest, is spreading the global entrepreneurship movement one informative email at a time.
You won’t hear a more refreshing speaker than our friend Ray Bohac, the Founder / CEO of CallCopy and winner of the Ernst & Young 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Ray gets entrepreneurship and he gets the mission of the BBC. His enthusiasm and passion for creating a great company culture reverberate throughout our club.
A business and community leader, Tony Wells has provided key support to the BBC in launching initiatives that allow young entrepreneurs to meaningfully engage their communities. His mentorship has led to events such as the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit and the Seeds 4 Social Change workshop series. In addition to being a great friend of the Club, Tony serves on the board of numerous local nonprofit organizations and runs a private family foundation that provides technology and social entrepreneurship grants to nonprofit organizations