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  • 2016-02 SUW 5.0 First Place
    subheading titleUSI Student part of Winning Team

    Ryan Loehrlein and his team made up the Guardian Angel team, winning the top prize at Startup Weekend Evansville 5.0.

  • 2015-11 Cuisine Caterer
    subheading titleStudent's Product Launches from Entrepreneurship Minor Program

    Logan Hayford is creator of Cuisine Caterer, an alternate flameless heat source for use in the food industry.

  • 2016-09 USASBE Logo
    subheading titleUSI minor a finalist for Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program

    "Our entrepreneurship program has helped connect university and college visions, the university to the region, students and businesses to technology, and students to students,” said Dr. Kevin Celuch, professor of marketing and Blair Chair of Business Science.

Entrepreneurial Initiative

The focus is on three areas:

  • entrepreneurial education
  • entrepreneurial engagement
  • entrepreneurial outcomes

The goal of this initiative is to help foster an entrepreneurial community of innovative thought, openness to new ideas, interdisciplinary collaborations, and continual entrepreneurial mindset development.

Entrepreneurship in College Guidebook is a resource that provides users with the top apps and other tools that students can use to build their business. It provides a roadmap that highlights the path to becoming an entrepreneur, information to help you understand what it takes to succeed in business, and top scholarship opportunities for young entrepreneurs.

Startups Eligible for $660,000 from Elevate Ventures

Elevate ventures logoINDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 15, 2020) – Indiana startup companies can begin applying today for their share of $660,000 in pre-seed and seed investment from Elevate Ventures, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that funds promising young firms.

Applications for the 2020 Elevate Nexus Regional Pitch Competitions will be accepted through Sept. 28. Finalists will be selected on Sept. 29 and invited to compete. The competitions will be held virtually on the following dates:

  • Northern Region: Oct. 27
  • Central Region: Oct. 28
  • Southern Region: Oct. 29

The most recent Elevate Nexus competitions culminated in May 2020 with a total of $1.64 million invested throughout the state. Each winner also is considered an Elevate Ventures portfolio business and gains access to Elevate’s network of advisors and resources.   

Details and eligibility requirements can be found here. To apply, go to and select Elevate Nexus Pre-Seed and Seed Awards from the topic dropdown. The Sept. 28 deadline is at 11:59 p.m. EDT. 

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) $15,000 Pitch Competition will be entirely virtual for 2020 - powered by Peaqs

The 37th annual CEO Global Pitch Competition is completely virtual! To accommodate for this adjustment and expand upon the traditional pitch competition experience, CEO has teamed up with Danish EdTech Startup, Peaqs, a high-level learning game platform that combines an innovative product development process with a virtual stock market engine for real-time valuation and peer feedback. The deadline to apply for the CEO Global Pitch Competition is September 24, and all campuses, regardless of CEO membership, are welcome to participate! 

“I am very happy about the Peaqs partnership, this new way of conducting our pitch competition will significantly increase the quality of the businesses launched and the proficiency in our collegiate entrepreneurs as they continuously refine and upload elements of their business model in a Kickstarter-like fashion.” – James Zebrowski, CEO – Executive Director 

Throughout the competition, accepted participants will be guided through the creation of elements of their new venture profile, including: a business model, video pitch, quarterly launch plan, pitch deck and a conceptual narrative on their venture. All the while, mentors and advisors will work one-on-one with students to provide actionable feedback as they compile strong business profiles. Once the month-long process of profile creation comes to a close, judges will access the gamified stock market and evaluate each venture based on a variety of criteria including but not limited to concept feasibility, business model representation, "investability," traction and the individual’s aptitude for new venture creation. 

Judges, mentors and conference participants will be able to access the exchange and interact with the entrepreneurs via a comment function and a gamified stock market. Here, ‘investors’ can allocate their funds supporting business profiles that they believe have the most promise and traction.

After a week-long judging process, twenty (20) finalists will be announced.  Each finalist will compete on the main stage at our Virtual Global Conference for $15,000 in funding. The Global Conference will take place on November 6-7, 2020 and will feature keynote presenters such as the Founder of Starbucks, and GrubHubengaging simulations, the Venture Valley E-Sports Tournament, Workshops, Chapter Awards, Roulette Networking and Mentorship. 

Peaqs is offering a special introductory offer for USASBE/CEO members where you can skip all onboarding costs and only pay for the number of participants you invite to your Peaqs classroom session. Click here for more details on the introductory offer! Fill out our online form and leave behind ‘USASBE Early Bird’ in the message field along with your other comments before Oct. 15, 2020, and you’ll get access to our special offer along with a video tour of Peaqs. 

Startup Weekend Evansville


Startup Weekend Evansville 8.0, held at USI April 12-14, 2019, is one for the books!

Read about 2019 Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend Evansville is just one of the many opportunities USI shares with students and the region to foster entrepreneurial education, collaboration and creativity. Be sure to follow Startup Weekend Evansville on social media:
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More Than You Can Imagine: Josh's Story

Imagine taking rough ideas and sketches to improve airport runway safety and turning them into a marketable product. That’s what Josh is doing through USI’s entrepreneurship and technology programs. We’re helping Josh soar to new heights with our entrepreneurship and technology programs.

Outside Affiliates

In order to provide students access to opportunities in the entrepreneurial community, the Romain College of Business partners with various organizations. These partners augment our ability to connect students with speakers, conferences, competitions, and other entrepreneurial networks.

Startup WeekendGAGE Growth Alliance for Greater EvansvilleTedX EvansvilleUnited States Association for Small Business and EntrepreneurshipGlobal Entrepreneurship NetworkTech on Tap Logo

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