Since its establishment in 2000, the Business Builders Club at The Ohio State University has worked to educate and assist students interested in entrepreneurship. This year is no exception.
Once a week, the club hosts one-hour meetings where members and business leaders are given 60 seconds to pitch their ideas, ask for advice, or seek help with new ventures, and guest speakers share their entrepreneurial struggles and successes.
Members of the BBC’s 20-person executive team are charged with finding local entrepreneurs to speak.
“Our only criteria are that they must be successful in their own right, whether they failed at starting a business and are now in the corporate world or whether they’re successful business owners,” says Andy Sparks, the club’s chief connector.
The next weekly meeting is scheduled for Jan. 25 and will feature Bob Millat of Millat Industries.
On Friday, the BBC will host an event called The Entrepreneurship Spectacular. It has three components: a panel discussion with local and national entrepreneurs, a keynote speech (this year’s speakers will be the founders of Phusion Projects, which makes Four Loko), and a career and internship fair.
Further down the road, on April 15, the club is hosting its annual Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit.
Sparks says the event, which is put on by the BBC, OSU’s Fisher College of Business, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Net Impact, and the International Poverty Solutions Collaborative, “seeks to educated, inspire, and empower individuals to alleviate local and global poverty through market-based solutions.”
To date, the BBC has 86 members representing several disciplines.
“Many of our members are not business majors, but rather engineers and liberal arts students,” Sparks says.
Membership is limited to full and part-time students; both undergraduates and graduate students are welcome.
The club’s partners, which include NCT Ventures and TechColumbus, provide financial support and mentorship.
To learn more about the Business Builders Club, visit BusinessBuildersClub.org.