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In their own words, stories of entrepreneurs from students to serial entrepreneurs

Almost anyone can become an entrepreneur if they choose to.  In addition to having an idea for improving a product or service or solving a problem, an entrepreneur must be passionate, learn to take reasoned risks, work hard, be persistent and believe in themselves.  While people often point to famous entrepreneurs as role models, that can also strengthen a stereotype that only a select few can become entrepreneurs when reality is that ideas both big and small are important, and that anyone, regardless of age, sex, or background can become an entrepreneur if they so choose.


Content Track B includes a diverse group of more than 70 youth and adult entrepreneurs of all backgrounds who tell their stories in their own words.  Teachers and instructors from the college, high school and middle school levels will find many of these videos of interest and value to their students.


These online course and instructional materials were developed by Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio (EEO) as part of the Believe in Ohio program. 

Believe in Ohio is a program of The Ohio Academy of Science (OAS) that was collaboratively developed by OAS and EEO. 

Phone: 614-914-5095 - Email:  BelieveInOhio@ohiosci.org - Copyright 2013-2016

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B01 Kaufmann Foundation Video Series #1 Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation In their own words: Nationally known adult entrepreneurs
This video includes four Kauffman Foundation sketchbook videos that discuss what an entrepreneur does, how they think & what makes them tick. (13 min)
B02 Kaufmann Foundation Video Series #2 Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation In their own words: Nationally known adult entrepreneurs
This video includes three Kauffman Foundation sketchbook videos that discuss how entrepreneurial startups may be funded and includes the commercial from the 2012 Super Bowl game titled, "Will it be you?" (8 min)
B03 "Micro Business for Teens" - Part 1 Western Reserve PBS Public Media, Ms Carol Topp CPA In their own words: Southwest Ohio youth entrepreneurs
Real world stories about SW Ohio teens who have successfully launched their own micro businesses – Part 1 - This part features Phillip who developed FreeForums.org and Ethan who had a guitar lesson business. (17 min)
B04 "Micro Business for Teens" - Part 2 Western Reserve PBS Public Media, Ms Carol Topp CPA In their own words: Southwest Ohio youth entrepreneurs
Real world stories about SW Ohio teens who have successfully launched their own micro businesses – Part 2 - This part discusses about how to develop an idea for a Micro Business. It also features Lenaya who had a Chinese tutoring business, Carly and Hannah who had a scarf knitting business, and Libby who had a consignment clothing business. (15 min)
B05 "Micro Business for Teens" - Part 3 Western Reserve PBS Public Media, Ms Carol Topp CPA In their own words: Southwest Ohio youth entrepreneurs
Real world stories about SW Ohio teens who have successfully launched their own micro businesses – Part 3 - This part discusses how to write a business plan and features Emily who had a youth ballet lesson business. (12 min)
B06 "Micro Business for Teens" - Part 4 Western Reserve PBS Public Media, Ms Carol Topp CPA In their own words: Southwest Ohio youth entrepreneurs
Real world stories about SW Ohio teens who have successfully launched their own micro businesses – Part 4 - This part offers additional advice to those who wish to start a micro business. It features Lucas who had a landscaping business and does a follow up story on Phillip who developed FreeForums.org (12 min)
B07 Real world stories of six high school student entrepreneurs Various Contributors In their own words: high school entrepreneurs
Six high school students discuss their startups, their inspirations, and the challenges that they faced. All were part of the LEAP Program at the Shaker Launch House Business Accelerator. (7 min)
B08 Real world stories of five collegiate entrepreneurs at the LaunchNet program at CWRU Various Contributors In their own words: collegiate entrepreneurs
Five current or recent students at Case Western Reserve University discuss their startups, their inspirations, the challenges that they faced and offer advice to other prospective entrepreneurs. All participated in the LaunchNet program at CWRU (12 min)
B09 An Interview with two inspiring young adult African American entrepreneurs Dr. Julian Earls interviews Mr. JeShaune Jackson & Mr. Blaine Mickens In their own words: young adult entrepreneurs
Dr. Julian Earls interviews two successful young adult African-American entrepreneurs who are role models for all students. They discuss their experiences, their inspirations, their challenges and offer advice to other prospective young entrepreneurs. (16 min)
B10 Real world stories of eight female entrepreneurs working with Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland Various Contributors In their own words: female entrepreneurs
Eight women in the Fall 2013 class at Bad Girl Venture Cleveland share their experiences, inspirations and challenges, and offer advice to other entrepreneurs (13 min)
B11 High School Entrepreneurs Interview Established Entrepreneurs Various Contributors High School Entrepreneurs Interview Established Entrepreneurs
Filmed on location in Cleveland at the JumpStart Startup Scaleup 2015 Community Event, Ms. Kelli Klus, Founder of Swell Skin and Mr. Matt Radicelli, CEO of Rock The House are interviewed by high school entrepreneurs.
B13 Real world stories of seven entrepreneurs at the Akron Global Business Accelerator Various Contributors In their own words: Successful entrepreneurs share their experiences
Seven different successful entrepreneurs discuss their startup businesses and the challenges that they faced and offer their wise counsel to prospective entrepreneurs. All have their roots in the Akron Global Business Accelerator (13 min)
B14 Wise counsel offered to prospective entrepreneurs by the directors of the GLIDE Incubator Mr. Cliff Reynolds and Mr. Dennis Cocco In their own words: Two experienced entrepreneurs offer their advice and wise counsel
In this video, the Co-Directors of the GLIDE Technology Incubator in Lorain County, Mr. Cliff Reynolds and Mr. Dennis Cocco discuss the GLIDE program and what it's like and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. (16 min)
B15 Real world stories of two entrepreneurs at Youngstown Business incubator Mr. Rose Shaffer and Mr. Devyn Bellamy In their own words: entrepreneurs at the Youngstown Business Incubator
In this video, Ms. Rose Shaffer from The Lightning Grader and Mr. Devyn Bellamy from Dieselfist Studios discuss their experiences with their startups and the challenges that they faced and offer their counsel to other prospective entrepreneurs. (7 min)
B16 Real world stories of collegiate entrepreneurs at the LaunchNet program at Kent State University Various Contributors In their own words: collegiate entrepreneurs
Four current or recent students at Kent State University discuss their startups, their inspirations, the challenges that they faced and offer advice to other prospective entrepreneurs. All participated in the LaunchNet program at KSU (14 min)
B17 Up and Comers Pitch Competition, Part 1 Various Contributors In their own words: Promising Entrepreneurs Compete in Up & Comers Pitch Competition (Part 1)
Filmed on location in Cleveland at the JumpStart Startup Scaleup 2015 Community Event, this part includes two of twelve participants in an Up & Comers Pitch Competition: Mr. Michael Wransky, Pollen Prism and Mr. Dan Fernback, CEO, JuggerBot 3D.
B18 Up and Comers Pitch Competition, Part 2 Various Contributors In their own words: Promising Entrepreneurs Compete in Up & Comers Pitch Competition (Part 2)
Filmed on location in Cleveland at the JumpStart Startup Scaleup 2015 Community Event, this part includes three of twelve participants in an Up & Comers Pitch Competition: Mr. Brian Bowles, CEO, Blackwolf Tactical; Mr. Andreas Inmann, CEO O2 Regen Tech ($10,00 award winner); and Mr. Chris Dell, CEO, Go Baller.
B19 Up and Comers Pitch Competition, Part 3 Various Contributors In their own words: Promising Entrepreneurs Compete in Up & Comers Pitch Competition (Part 3)
Filmed on location in Cleveland at the JumpStart Startup Scaleup 2015 Community Event, this part includes three of twelve participants in an Up & Comers Pitch Competition: Mr. Andrew Bennett, Co-Founder, KnowledgePost; Mr. Brock Bernholtz, CEO, InCheck Service; and Ms. Kritika Cerreta, Co-Founder, KnotProfit ($5,000 award winner).
B20 Up and Comers Pitch Competition, Part 4 Various Contributors In their own words: Promising Entrepreneurs Compete in Up & Comers Pitch Competition (Part 4)
Filmed on location in Cleveland at the JumpStart Startup Scaleup 2015 Community Event, this part includes two of twelve participants in an Up & Comers Pitch Competition: Mr. Patrick Leimkuehler, CEO, Apollo Medical Devices ($20,000 award winner); and Ms. Lisa Bright, CEO, OcuFreeze.
B21 Up and Comers Pitch Competition, Part 5 Various Contributors In their own words: Promising Entrepreneurs Compete in Up & Comers Pitch Competition (Part 5)
Filmed on location in Cleveland at the JumpStart Startup Scaleup 2015 Community Event, this part includes two of twelve participants in an Up & Comers Pitch Competition: Ms. Jackie Sanders, Founder, Purple Carrot, and Mr. Joe Rotunda, Partner, RADoptic.
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