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CIG Network Events

Join Us for CIG Innovation Summits, CIGtalks and Blackstone LaunchPad Community of Entrepreneurs Events!

CIGtalks are free networking events for area entrepreneurs, students, and alumni  to hear local stories of innovation and entrepreneurship! Satisfy your appetite with stimulating conversation, free pizza and beverages while exploring your role in Northeast Ohio's future. Register by phone 440.826.2393 or email


January CIGtalk

Featuring Alison Tanker, Founding Director of Tigress and Sea Change Representative

Sponsored by the Center for Innovation & Growth, Blackstone LaunchPad, BW Office of Community Outreach, and The Business of Good Foundation.

Students and the greater community met inspiring social entrepreneurs and learned how to turn ideas into ventures providing solutions for social problems. Led by Alison Tanker, founder of Tigress and representative of SEA Change, the CIGtalk included speed networking with startups with heart, including leaders of GiveNext, Honor Good Deeds, Rust Belt Riders, Pegasus Farm and IRTF - the InterReligious Task Force on Central America.

February CIGtalk

FEBRUARY'S FOR FOODIES: Culinary Startups Serve up Entrepreneurial Success

From delectable chocolates to vegan valentines, local entrepreneurs in Cleveland's culinary arts scene shared stories about turning passion into opportunities in the most delicious way possible! Featuring:
Gordon Priemer, president of J&M Real Estate Providers representing the shared commercial kitchen and business incubator Cleveland Culinary Launch Kitchen [CCLK] 
Jeanne Petrus-Rivera, owner of Red Lotus Foods
Drew Anderson, co-founder of Cleveland Kraut and
Penny Barend, co-founder of Saucisson

March CIGtalk (Part of Innovation Engineering Week at BW)

MEET GORDON DAILY:  Your Chance to Hear What It's Like to Launch a High-Tech Company in Cleveland | FREE Register at

Meet Gordon Daily and BoxCast.  Founded by 3 engineers, BoxCast is a fast-growing live HD video-streaming company that has created a TV station in a box that enables people to connect at any time, any where.  You only need a BoxCaster, an internet connection and a camera and you're good to go.  Gordon will share his "Top 10 Surprises in Launching BoxCast."  And better than Letterman's Top 10 List, Gordon will share thoughts on technology, fundraising and why being an entrepreneur is not for everyone.

Spring Innovation Summit | March 26, 2015
Part of Innovation Engineering Week at Baldwin Wallace
Interested in attending? Send email to

Featuring Doug Hall of Eureka! Ranch and Other Leading Innovators 

Innovation Summits are in-depth, semi-annual events where national and international leaders take deep dives into challenges and solutions faced by organizations in our constantly changing economy. The format focuses on problem-solving and the challenges of innovation faced by companies in the region. The events serve as gathering places for the NE Ohio community to connect with other thought leaders in a unique university setting. 


BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD EVENTS are meetings of BW's Community of Entrepreneurs.That's you! Free workshops, free pizza and open to all classes. ALL MAJORS. Thursdays. 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union's Quarry Room. ALSO - Check out the Start Something BW 2015 Idea Contest for a chance to win part of $1800 in prizes!


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