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The Keith B. Key Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program (BSEP) seeks to educate, equip and empower student social entrepreneurial leaders who will transform knowledge into action and create communities in which innovation, creativity, and cooperative partnerships abound.

All educational content will be provided in workshops designed to create learning environments based on “real-world” experiences that students need to become social entrepreneurs.

Students have an opportunity to choose from three BSEP Workshop Tracks: Each educational track is designed to help students develop their leadership and social entrepreneurship skills.

BSEP Student Tracks:

Track 1 StartUp: This track will expose students to faculty, social entrepreneurs and community stakeholders that will assist the student in gaining an understanding of what social entrepreneurship is and how to start businesses engaged in social entrepreneurship.

Track 2 Pitching: This track is for students that need assistance in creating and implementing their business plan and preparing their pitch presentation content.

Track 3 Investor: This track will give students the resources and tools on how to tell an exciting story about the business and provide insight into their financials and potential growth margins to potential investors. Students will learn how to sell their vision.

BSEP Workshop:

Before choosing a social entrepreneurship track, it is encouraged that students attend a BSEP Foundations Workshop:


BSEP Entrepreneurial Finance

This workshop will provide content on the various aspects of funding entrepreneurial ventures and understanding the diversity of business growth and models. Students will learn about risk management for various investor types and be exposed to real-world examples representing different sectors such as, corporate and non-profit. BSEP plans to have a local angel investor at this lecture to discuss some of the things they like to see from startups and discuss their investment interests.

Presenter: Perry Jeffries III, CEO Phy-nancially Fit LLC.

  • Thursday, October 5, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room # 2145



BSEP Social Entrepreneurship Foundations (Foundational)

This workshop will provide content on the definition and historical perspective of social entrepreneurship and what leadership qualities are needed to be a social entrepreneur.

Presenter: Allen J. Proctor, President & CEO, SocialVentures

  • Saturday, October 21, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Ohio Union, Ohio Starters, Inc. Founders Room #2144



BSEP Startup Bootcamp (Foundational)

Got a great idea for a business? Come learn how to take your idea to reality. This session will consist of providing students with a framework for a business model and tools so that you can avoid common mistakes of creating and implementing your Startup.

Presenter: Lauren Edwards, Owner, Next Step Business Consulting

  • Thursday, October 26, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Barbie Tootle Room #3156



BSEP How To -Turn Your Passion Into Profit (Foundational)

This workshop will provide students with successful ways to transform their passion into profit as well as developing lifelong business development skills and learning the relationship between passion and innovation.

Presenter: Felicia Farrar, Internal Revenue Agent, Large Business & International business unit for the Internal Revenue Service

  • Thursday, October 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room #2145



BSEP Social Entrepreneurship Business Models (Foundational)

This workshop will assist students in learning the elements of a business plan which consist of: an executive summary, market analysis, company description, organization/management, marketing and sales strategies, service/produce line, funding requirements and financials. Lastly, the importance of the business plan's role in being the guide to meeting their business and financial goals.

Presenter: Kay Coughlin, CEO, Donor Relations Mindset LLC

  • Saturday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Ohio Union, Interfaith and Reflection Room #3020C
  • Thursday, November 9, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room #2145



BESP Leadership, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Thinking

This workshop will assist students in learning how to incorporate their passion for a social cause into their new business venture and how to utilize their creativity, innovation and leadership skills within a business environment. Students will be exposed to various tools and concepts that will assist them in being confident in their decision making, dealing with risk and failing as a social entrepreneur.

Presenter: Matthew Van Jura, Assistant Director, Leadership and Community Engagement, Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University

  • Thursday, November 2, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Barbie Tootle Room #3156
  • Thursday, April 5, 6:00 p.m. – 8: 00 p.m., Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room #2145



BSEP The Role of Social Entrepreneurship in the Non-Profit Sector

Students will hear directly from social entrepreneurs and non-profit executives on how they collaborate to support each other’s mission in creating social changes for communities.

Presenter: Farooq Busari, IBM Client Executive, State of Ohio Government and Education

  • Thursday, November 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Ohio Staters, Inc. Traditions Room #2140
  • Thursday, February 1, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room #2145



BSEP Learning Communities Social Entrepreneurship Leadership Information Workshops

Students who are living or engaged with a learning community will have the opportunity to learn about BSEP and its various programs and services. Social entrepreneurs and faculty will be guest speakers on various aspects of social entrepreneurship along with readings and discussions.

Presenter: Ashley Pryor, Interim Director, Department of Social Change, The Ohio State University

  • Tuesday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room #2145
  • Thursday, March 29, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room # 2145



BSEP Social Entrepreneurship, Customers, Branding and Capital

Students will learn about branding, marketing, image building and financial issues confronting a social entrepreneur venture. A special emphasis will be placed on how to gain and retain customers and capital resources. Real world cases and examples will be provided.

Presenter: Mark Barbash, Senior Strategic Advisor, Council of Development Finance Agencies

  • Thursday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room #2145
  • Thursday, January 25, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Barbie Tootle Room #3156
  • Thursday, February 8, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room #2145
  • Thursday, April 12, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room #2145



BSEP Developing Communication and Presentation Skills

This workshop will assist students in identifying the forms/modes of communication indicating their advantages and disadvantages. These forms will consist of written, verbal and non-verbal. Students will learn the importance of how their personal branding is linked to how they communicate and present themselves and the value of their product.

Presenter: Dr. Osei Appiah, Professor, Faculty, School of Communication, The Ohio State University

  • Tuesday, January 9, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Brutus Buckeye Room #3044
  • Thursday, February 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Barbie Tootle Room #3156



BSEP Social Entrepreneurship Internship

In collaboration with Buckeye Careers, students will have an opportunity to apply for a spring or summer internship with a social entrepreneur and/or social enterprise. Students will need to provide an internship impact report summary of their experience.

Students will learn how corporations value and become engaged with social entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs will share their criteria and real-world cases on how they support social entrepreneurship that coincides with the mission of the corporation.

Presenter: Erin Halleran, Finance student at The Ohio State University with a Leadership Studies minor graduating in May 2018

  • Thursday, January 11, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room #2145



BSEP Entrepreneurial Finance

This workshop will provide content on the various aspects of funding entrepreneurial ventures and understanding the diversity of business growth and models. Students will learn about risk management for various investor types and be exposed to real-world examples representing different sectors such as, corporate and non-profit. BSEP plans to have a local angel investor at this lecture to discuss some of the things they like to see from startups and discuss their investment interests.

Presenter: Perry Jeffries III, CEO Phy-nancially Fit LLC

  • Thursday, October 5, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room # 2145



BSEP Practice for the Pitch!

Students will have an opportunity to practice and perfect their pitch for the Pitch Competition. There will be refreshments, faculty members, administrative staff and others willing to provide pointers to students that are preparing for the Pitch Competition.

Presenter: Community Leaders

  • Thursday, March 8, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Location: TBD



BSEP Pitch Competition

Students will have the opportunity to pitch their social entrepreneurship business idea to faculty, entrepreneurs, community leaders and potential investors.

  • Thursday, March 22, Community Leaders, Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room #2145