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CIG Network Events
CIGtalks are get-togethers for area entrepreneurs, BW students and alumni interested in building social capital and connecting with innovative thought leaders. CIGtalks are held to promote engaging discussions around innovation opportunities and their role in Northeast Ohio's future. The free events usually take place one Tuesday each month, except for months when we combine the CIGtalk with CIG's spring and fall Innovation Summits. Satisfy your appetite with pizza and stimulating conversation on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.!
Fall 2013 CIGtalks
Social entrepreneur Mary Johnson, assistant executive director at Conucopia & Nature's Bin shared how - since 1975 - the businesses evolved from an idea to a social enterprise transforming lives, futures, and communities.
Local celebrity artist George Viosich III, of GV Art + Design, wowed the crowd who learned how he turned a passion for artwork and toys into a world-renowned venture. George's "Etch-a-Sketch" drawings have allowed him to meet some of the most famous athletes, celebrities, and world leaders of our time, while also providing a springboard to open his own design firm!
INNOVATION SUMMITS are in-depth, semi-annual events where national and international innovation leaders take deep dives into challenges and solutions faced by organizations in our VUCA (volatile, unstable, complex, ambiguous) economy. The format focuses on problem-solving and the challenges of innovation faced by companies in the region. Learn from the successes and trials of area leaders while building social capital.
BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD EVENTS are bi-weekly meetings of BW's Community of Entrepreneurs. Half of the events feature presentations from successful local entrepreneurs, including several BW alumni. The other events are informational (e.g. "Non-Profits and Social Entrepreneurship"). Each event features a 15-minute presentation, followed by a Q&A session and networking. Pizza is served at all.