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Redhawk Ventures and 1809 Capital are excited to provide our second Speed #Mentoring program emphasizing professional VentureCapital mentors!

Priority will be provided ESP 401 students preparing for the December 7 Redhawk Venture Pitch Competition. Miami students, faculty and alumni are also welcome to register and participate.

To provide optimal access sessions will be available November 29th & 30th from 2pm-5pm!

Please register by filling out the form below:

Location: Fisher Innovation College@Elm, 20 S Elm St, Oxford, OH 45056


- Speed Mentoring

- 15-minute sessions

- Students/Faculty will be guided to rotate to stations/mentors of interest


- Opportunity for teams competing in the Redhawk Venture Pitch to receive venture investor feedback on business plan and presentations

- Create connections in the investor community

- Provide advice and counsel - industry insights, idea validation, startup roadmap, venture capital and funding options, and company ownership structures

Mentor list:

For the 16th year in a row, the Miami University John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship is ranked in the Top 10 among public undergraduate institutions by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine!

This is the Altman Institutes highest ranking yet, which we believes emphasizes the exceptional value of their approach, and the supportive atmosphere that fosters the entrepreneurial spirit within the Miami University ecosystem.

What was once a single entrepreneurship course offered in 1992 now includes today: 50+ courses; 12 co-curricular programs; the John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship; three Entrepreneurship Centers (the Page Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and the Center for L.I.F.E.); two student-led investment funds; a funded internship program; a startup accelerator program; World Creativity & Innovation Week/Day (WCIW/D); and many others.

Impact of the Program:

  • 4,164 = Total number of undergraduate students taking entrepreneurship class offerings in 2022-23.

  • 530 = # of students enrolled as a co-major, co-minor or completing a certificate in 2022-23.

  • 116 = number of undergraduate majors represented in the program.

  • 400+ = students placed in internships in more than 100 companies, across 17 states, and three countries.

  • 571 = # of unique students who have developed an actionable business plan while at Miami University.

  • 155 = # of companies started by graduates in the last five years.

  • 820 = # of mentors who worked with students through a school sponsored program.

  • 12+ = the number of alumni startups to reach unicorn status.

  • 1 = the only university integrating Techstars® Startup Weekend into the curriculum.

  • 1 = the only university in Ohio to have a Venture Capital Investment Team, one of six selected teams in the midwest to compete, finishing Top three among 100 top business schools in five of the past six years.

  • 1 = the only university to be home to World Creativity Day/Week, the largest university-led celebration of creativity and innovation in the world, celebrated annually.

What a phenomenal week in Oxford!

The main event was the 1809 Capital annual Limited Partner meeting. Miami University President Greg Crawford kicked the meeting off with a warm welcome, and we had a packed agenda that included venture capital market and 1809 Capital business updates; an expert panel on investment opportunities in the area of artificial intelligence; CEO presentations from three 1809 portfolio companies; and program updates from Tim Holcomb, Chair of the Miami University Department of Entrepreneurship; Dr. Beena Sukumaran, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing, and the announcement of 1809 Capital’s supporting role in the launch of College@Elm Innovation and Workforce Development Center.

A big highlight was Jim Ryan’s shout out to the amazing accomplishments of all the Miami student entrepreneurs, and the post-meeting reception that 1809 Capital hosted along with with the Farmer School Business Advisory Council, and The Altman Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.

In addition to the 1809 Capital LP Meeting, our team was also busy in Oxford at other points in the week as we hosted a reception with the Miami University Foundation Board and then conducted the first (but not last!) Speed #Mentoring Day, an event that brought together 1809 Capital LPs and partners with students and faculty for a day of learning, networking, and mentorship. Last (but not least) 1809 Capital also collaborated with Glynn Capitalfrom Silicon Valley to produce an engaging Founder and Investor Summit at Cintrifuse Capital’s Union Hall innovation center in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

Here’s to a week of connection, learning, and impact at Miami University!

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