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.  


These videos contain more than 70 entrepreneurs of all types (primarily from Ohio) telling their stories in their own words.  Students can learn much from hearing them tell their stories and offer advice to other prospective entrepreneurs.


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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 (Ohio) 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 (Ohio) 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 (Ohio) 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 writea business plan and features Emily who had a youth ballet lesson business. (12 min)
B06 "Micro Business for (Ohio) 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 at the Shaker Launch House Various Contributors In their own words: NE youth entrepreneurs
Six high school students from Solon HS, Shaker Hts HS, Hawken School and University School discuss their startups, their inspirations, and the challenges that they faced. All are part of the LEAP Program at the Shaker Launch House Business Accelerator. (7 min)
B08 Real world stories of five collegiate entrepreneurs at the Blackstone Launch Pad at CWRU Various Contributors In their own words: Northeast Ohio 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 Blackstone Launch Pad 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: NE Ohio 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: Northeast Ohio 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 Real world storeis of high school student entrepreneurs Various Contributors In their own words: Northeast Ohio high school student entrepreneurs
Filmed on location at JumpStart's 2015 StartUp ScaleUp Community Event high school entrepreneurs share their stories in a program titled The Founders Session: What Makes Them Tick?
B12 Real world storeis of high school student entrepreneurs Various Contributors In their own words: NE Ohio high school student entrepreneurs
Filmed on location at JumpStart's 2015 StartUp ScaleUp Community Event high school entrepreneurs share their stories in a program titled The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
B13 Real world stories of seven entrepreneurs at the Akron Global Business Accelerator Various Contributors In their own words: Successful NE Ohio 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 NE Ohio 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: NE Ohio 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 Blackstone LaunchPad at Kent State University Various Contributors In their own words: NE Ohio 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 Blackstone Launch Pad program at KSU (14 min)
B17 Real world stories of NE Ohio entrepreneurs competing in a "Pitch Competition" (Part 1) Various Contributors In their own words: Promising NE Ohio High Tech Startup Entrepreneurs
Filmed on location at JumpStart's 2015 StartUp ScaleUp Community Event 15 HIgh Tech Startup entrepreneurs pitch their startups in a "Up-And-Comers Pitch Competition"
B18 Real world stories of NE Ohio entrepreneurs competing in a "Pitch Competition" (Part 2) Various Contributors In their own words: Promising NE Ohio High Tech Startup Entrepreneurs
Filmed on location at JumpStart's 2015 StartUp ScaleUp Community Event 15 HIgh Tech Startup entrepreneurs pitch their startups in a "Up-And-Comers Pitch Competition"
B19 Real world stories of NE Ohio entrepreneurs competing in a "Pitch Competition" (Part 3) Various Contributors In their own words: Promising NE Ohio High Tech Startup Entrepreneurs
Filmed on location at JumpStart's 2015 StartUp ScaleUp Community Event 15 HIgh Tech Startup entrepreneurs pitch their startups in a "Up-And-Comers Pitch Competition"
B20 Real world stories of NE Ohio entrepreneurs competing in a "Pitch Competition" (Part 4) Various Contributors In their own words: Promising NE Ohio High Tech Startup Entrepreneurs
Filmed on location at JumpStart's 2015 StartUp ScaleUp Community Event 15 HIgh Tech Startup entrepreneurs pitch their startups in a "Up-And-Comers Pitch Competition"
B21 Real world stories of NE Ohio entrepreneurs competing in a "Pitch Competition" (Part 5) Various Contributors In their own words: Promising NE Ohio High Tech Startup Entrepreneurs
Filmed on location at JumpStart's 2015 StartUp ScaleUp Community Event 15 HIgh Tech Startup entrepreneurs pitch their startups in a "Up-And-Comers Pitch Competition"
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Introduction To The Innovation Economy Of Ohio

In their own words: Stories of entrepreneurs from students to serial entrepreneurs