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ONU to conduct Invention to Venture Workshop

Apr 11, 2007

The Ohio Northern University College of Business Administration, the Smull College of Engineering, the National Collegiate Inventors, & Innovators Alliance, and the Kern Family Foundation are teaming up to conduct an Invention to Venture (I 2V) workshop in the Dicke Forum on April 21. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The event will be comprised of a series of panel discussions involving seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, public company executives and experts in supporting roles to entrepreneurs, such as accountants and attorneys. Each panel addresses a common issue facing entrepreneurs from "Is Entrepreneurship for You?" to "Idea Validation and Opportunity Assessment" to "Selling your Idea to Secure Resources."

The I2V workshop is an outgrowth of the new ONU entrepreneurship program in both colleges. The event is made possible due to part of a grant received from the Kern Family Foundation and their collaborators at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).

Among the featured speakers is Ted Lienesch, a registered patent attorney and partner in the Intellectual Property practice group of Thompson Hine LLP of Dayton, Ohio. Lienesch specializes in domestic, foreign patent and trademark prosecution; copyright prosecution; intellectual property licensing; patent and trademark validity; right-to-use studies; and copyright, trademark and patent infringement litigation.

Rob Lydic (BUS'97) is one of two founding partners of Structured Innovations LLC, a telecommunications manufacturer's representative firm. Lydic has also been a member of the Columbus chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and has served on several entrepreneurial leadership panels at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business.

Jason Duff (BUS'05) is the President and CEO of Community Storage and Properties, Ltd. Duff is also involved with several community growth organizations and has been the driving force behind several reinvestment dollars, exceeding over $5 million.

Dr. Rick C. Farr is an entrepreneur who has "volunteered" part of his time and efforts in the capacity of Assistant Director to the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. He serves on a number of non-profit and for-profit boards in Utah. He has been instrumental in establishing six new-to-market high tech companies with a present combined sales volume of over $150 million dollars.

Tim Quellhorst is vice-president of engineering at Crown Equipment Corporation. Crown is the number one brand of electric lift trucks in the United States and the fifth largest lift truck manufacturer in the world.

Dave Kriegel is a native of Lima and is chairman/owner of several companies located throughout the Midwest and his partnerships with Centre Partners Management LLC in New York City and Los Angeles. He is a founding member of the Lima Memorial Hospital Foundation as well as a trustee of the Kriegel Family Charitable Trust and The Drug Emporium Foundation.

Also scheduled to particpate are Roger Smith, Global Director of Innovations and Technology of Owens-Illinois Healthcare and Robert Amico, owner of Amico Provisions.

To register online for the event visit or contact Diane Thede (419-772-2082; ) for more information.