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Instructional materials that help students develop the critical thinking skills needed to determine the commercial feasibility of a new product, service or idea. 

An important part of the Believe in Ohio program is the development of the critical thinking skills that students will need to determine the commercial feasibility of a new product, service or idea.  This is accomplished by having students develop their idea through the vehicle of Believe in Ohio’s “Roadmap to Future Jobs and Prosperity”, which is a STEM focused critical thinking tool based on the concept of the Lean Business Model Canvas (which is taught as part of the curriculum of leading business schools around the world).  To that end, two series of instructional materials are provided for teachers and instructors to use with their students:

          1.)  A five part Believe in Ohio program video series about how students can prepare for and develop a STEM Plan.


          2.)  A twelve part University of Akron video series which is a part of the curriculum of a 2016-2017 University of Akron online

                course focused on STEM commercialization titled:  “Introduction to Entrepreneurship”.


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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Click To Launch Video Vid ID Video Title Speaker/Video Creator Video Description
F01 Where You Want To Go & Why Mr. John Klipfell Before starting the journey, let's think about where you want to go and why (2:40)
F02 How To Get There & What We Are Looking For Mr. John Klipfell In preparation for the journey, let's determine how to get there and what we are looking for (5:00)
F03 Understanding Mileposts 1-3 Mr. John Klipfell Getting started with Milestones 1, 2 and 3 on the Roadmap (5:24)
F04 Working Through Mileposts 1-8 Mr. John Klipfell Taking a STEM plan idea on the journey from Milepost 1 to Milepost 8 (11:38)
F05 Working Through Mileposts 9-12 Mr. John Klipfell Working through Milepost 9-12 to complete your plan (6:57)

Believe in Ohio Five-Part Video Series - How to Prepare For and Develop a STEM Plan

Students may find it helpful to watch a series of short videos done by Believe in Ohio Co-Director John Klipfell that will walk them through the development of their STEM Plan using the “Ohio Roadmap to Future Jobs & Prosperity”.  Each video is only a couple minutes long and may be viewed on an individual basis or all five in sequence:

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University of Akron “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” Supporting Video Lectures

As part of the curriculum of an University of Akron 2016-2017 online course titled “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” three credit hour course, a series of instructional videos were developed to help students understand Mileposts 1 through 8 on the Ohio Roadmap to Future Jobs and Prosperity which is a critical thinking  tool used in the course.  In the videos, Dr. Brian Davis, Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Akron, Ms. Courtney Gras, a dynamic, young, accomplished entrepreneur, University of Akron graduate and one of Fortune Magazine’s 30 under 30 young entrepreneurs, and Believe in Ohio program entrepreneur Mr. John Klipfell, share their experiences and add perspective about Mileposts 1-8 on the Roadmap.  Instructors and students will find these short videos instructive and are encouraged to view them.  Teachers and instructors are also encouraged to download a copy of the course syllabus and to use as much or as little of it as they wish in developing their own curriculum.

Click To Launch Video Vid ID Video Title Speaker/Video Creator Video Description
F06 Milepost 00 Dr. Brian Davis
Ms. Courtney Gras
Mr. John Klipfell
An introductory explanation about the Roadmap to Future Jobs and Prosperity (4:11)
F07 Milepost 01 Dr. Brian Davis
Ms. Courtney Gras
Mr. John Klipfell
What is your problem statement, pain point or market opportunity? (5:06)
F08 Milepost 02 Dr. Brian Davis
Ms. Courtney Gras
Mr. John Klipfell
What is your proposed solution? (3:07)
F09 Milepost 03 Dr. Brian Davis
Ms. Courtney Gras
Mr. John Klipfell
What STEM concepts underlie your proposed solution? (4:06)
F10 Milepost 04 Dr. Brian Davis
Ms. Courtney Gras
Mr. John Klipfell
Who are your intended customers and intended users? (4:04)
F11 Milepost 05 Dr. Brian Davis
Ms. Courtney Gras
Mr. John Klipfell
Who are your competitors? (3:08)
F12 Milepost 06 Dr. Brian Davis
Ms. Courtney Gras
Mr. John Klipfell
What is your customer value proposition and competitive advantage? (3:23)
F13 Milepost 07 - Part A Dr. Brian Davis
Ms. Courtney Gras
Mr. John Klipfell
What types of startup funding methods do you expect to use? (5:07)
F14 Milepost 07 - Part B Dr. Brian Davis
Ms. Courtney Gras
Mr. John Klipfell
What types of operating revenue streams do you expect to generate? (7:31)
F15 Milepost 08 - Part A Dr. Brian Davis
Ms. Courtney Gras
Mr. John Klipfell
What startup costs do you expect to incur? (7:20)
F16 Milepost 08 - Part B Dr. Brian Davis
Ms. Courtney Gras
Mr. John Klipfell
What operating costs do you expect to incur? (7:20)
F17 Milepost 08 - Supplement Dr. Brian Davis
Ms. Courtney Gras
Mr. John Klipfell
Supplemental discussion about the dynamics of the patent process (7:21)
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