Shawnee State University and Yost Labs Invited to Present at University Startup Demo Day
Yost Labs of Portsmouth was among 40 University Startup companies selected to present to Fortune 1000 corporations, policy leaders, federal government agencies, angel investors, and entrepreneurs in Washington, DC in mid-April 2017 as part of University Startups Conference & Demo Day.
The event featured universities and partners with innovative applied research as well as internship opportunities. As a university partner, it was an honor for SSU President Rick Kurtz to be invited to talk about our relationship with Yost Labs, describe our game development programs, and introduce Greg Merril, CEO of Yost Labs, who shared highlights of products they are developing with the help of faculty, students, and resources here at SSU.
Shawnee State University Hosts
PORTSFuture Entrepreneurship Roundtable
Photos courtesy of Tristan Smith
Moderator: Greg Merrill, CEO, Yost Labs
Alex Russell of LiTS, and Dale King and Renee Wallace of Doc Spartan
Shawnee State Student Ambassadors
Dr. Rick Kurtz, President, Shawnee State University
John Glazer and Faith Knutsen of TechGROWTH Ohio
Alexander Kohls, U.S. Small Business Administration
Kelly O'Bryant, The Ohio State University South Centers
Jason Kester, Southern Ohio Port Authority
On Monday, March 13, 2017, Shawnee State hosted the PORTSFuture Entrepreneurship Roundtable.
Attendees heard success stories from local business owners and learned about resources
available to start and grow their own businesses.
The PORTSFuture project provided funding for this event. This project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office.
Greg Merril, CEO of Yost Labs, served as a member and moderator of the panel which also included Dale King and Renee Wallace of Doc Spartan and Alex Russell of LiTS. Dale and Renee appeared on Shark Tank on February 10, 2017, and received an offer from Robert Herjavec. Alex, a senior Computer Engineering Technology major at Shawnee State, helped to start LiTS, an Information Technology service provider.
In addition to Shawnee State University, our sponsors included the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, TechGROWTH Ohio, The Ohio State University South Centers, the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO), the Jackson County Economic Development Partnership and the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission.
We are working to encourage the creation of new business in our community.
Shawnee State University will be a leader in regional entrepreneurism when our new
Innovation Accelerator opens on Chillicothe Street in downtown Portsmouth in 2017. This is a landmark facility
that will promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity in the region.
The Innovation Accelerator will be housed in existing properties that the institution owns in the Portsmouth downtown main street area, immediately adjacent to campus. These properties will be renovated to showcase state-of-the-art technology including a physical delivery point for OARnet, immersive technology lab resources, and contemporary study and project rooms where students can work with faculty mentors, business leaders, and community members to conduct research, collaborate on business ventures, and develop team-building and leadership skills.
This shared campus-community facility will also serve as an outlet for (1) student research and proof of concept development, and (2) outreach programming supplied by our university resources and existing partners, including small business development workshops, mentoring and coaching, and commercialization. The physical facility will include collaborative workspace, state-of-art video conferencing and high-speed data access, tech development maker-space, and pre-seed incubation suites.
We are pleased to have a number of distinguished individuals serving on our Innovation Accelerator Advisory Board. View the list of advisory board members.
Connecting Downtown to Campus
University property on the corner of Chillicothe and 3rd Street was removed as part of the first phase of downtown renovations that include a streetscaped corridor to campus. The second phase of the project will include renovation of two buildings, 310 and 308 Chillicothe Street, to locate several existing university offices. Plans are also being developed to create a new Innovation Accelerator in this area to provide space and resources for students, faculty and regional businesses to promote entrepreneurship, provide unique educational opportunities and partnerships in the community, and collaborate on research and business start-ups.
Entrepreneurial ToolkitAre you interested in starting your own business? Numerous resources and templates are available at the links below that can be utilized to start or expand your small business. These tools are provided through our partnership with the Ohio State University South Centers, Endeavor Center in Piketon, Ohio:
- Business Plan and Access to Capital Overview (PDF)
- Business Plan Template (DOC)
- Business Plan Template (PDF)
- Financial Model (XLS)
- Start Up Guide - A go to resource for starting up a business (PDF)
- Ohio Secretary of State's Business Publications
inventhub.techgrowthohio.com, you can request assistance from TechGROWTH to connect you with the experts, money and other critical resources to turn your creative inventions into business opportunities.
Shawnee State University is a Gateway for LIGHTS which provides expertise, training and resources to the regional workforce, entrepreneurs, companies and local communities. LIGHTS is for individuals who live or work in the 28-county region and are interested in building a product and/or creating a business. This program partners with various regional hubs and gateways that give its team the ability to make your ideas happen. Contact LIGHTS.