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UD Business Plan Competition to award nearly $190,000 in cash prizes and other support

The University of Dayton Business Plan Competition boasts nearly $190,000 in cash prizes and other support and is open to anyone in the Miami Valley region. The submission deadline is October 12.

Get all the details and significant dates here.

A special thanks to the TECDayton newsletter for putting this item in our editor's inbox.

Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses program accepting applications

The entrepreneurs taking advantage of this free business management education program develop the practical skills they need to grow their companies. Classes to be held at the Cuyahoga Community College.

For complete information, including eligibility requirements, application details and class schedules, click here.

Microsoft BizSpark's Silicon Valley News features Chagrin Falls-based Pixsi

Amazing ideas often come from concerns we find in our everyday lives. That piece of wisdom rings especially true for Pixsi, a new consumer-centric mobile marketing company whose headquarters are located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Over the past few months, I've had the opportunity to watch Pixsi grow first-hand. As a Startup Technologist for Microsoft, I see many startups growing on a daily basis. Pixsi is unique and a brilliant model example for entrepreneurs. Here are some takeaways that you can learn from Scott Andrews, the CEO of Pixsi.

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Entrepreneurial boom expected in Ohio as a result of health care reform, study finds

Ohio could add as many as 67,000 new entrepreneurs as a result of the federal government subsidies made available to aspiring business owners through the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from the Urban Institute.

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Ten Cincinnati startups to watch

Bright ideas are taking shape across Greater Cincinnati as the region embraces the value of supporting innovation that will create business and jobs for the future. The goal: to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports the brightest startups with investment capital, physical space to grow and mentorship from top corporate, business and university experts in the region.

Read about all of Josh Pichler's 10 top startups to watch in 2013 here.

TechPint: A mini-tech conference for Cleveland. In a bar. With pints.

On Thursday, June 20, the first TechPint event will be held in Cleveland at the Market Garden Brewery. This new event series will then be held every three months in drinking establishments across the city. TechPint will feature speakers that will shake things up for you and give you a chance to see how fellow innovators are progressing with new ventures. Pints will be flowing freely, and undoubtedly new ideas and connections, too. Cost: $12.

Get all the detail and registration info here.

Dayton Business Journal rounds out 40 under 40 Hall of Fame

The Dayton Business Journal has named four new members of its 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame.

2011 marked the addition of the Hall of Fame to the 40 Under 40 awards program and was designed as a way to further honor those past winners who have continued to grow within their careers and have a positive impact on the local community.

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ArtPlace America grant will help create Columbus Idea Foundry HQ

A $350,000 grant will kick off renovation of the new Franklinton headquarters for the Columbus Idea Foundry, a community workshop seen as a key to redeveloping the neighborhood by investing in the creative economy.

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IBM acquires UrbanCode to help businesses rapidly deliver mobile, cloud, big data and social softwar

IBM announced it has acquired UrbanCode Inc. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, UrbanCode automates the delivery of software, helping businesses quickly release and update mobile, social, big data, cloud applications.

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Queen City Angels hosts two-day entrepreneur boot camp june 3-4

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HealthSpot raises $10.4m from investors, secures $1.5m state loan

HealthSpot Inc., the Dublin company seeking to bust open the telemedicine market with its big blue booths, has raised another $10.4 million in a private investment round that included Cardinal Health Inc. and has secured a $1.5 million state loan.

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GE Aviation to spend $200 million in Ohio

GE Aviation said Friday it is investing $200 million over the next three years in its Ohio operations, including Evendale, Peebles and the Dayton area.

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Ohio's Scripps Innovation Challenge Winners Announced

ATHENS, Ohio (April 11, 2013)—Six Ohio University students shared the $10,000 grand prize of the inaugural Scripps Innovation Challenge on April 11 after presenting their idea for a mobile alarm clock app designed to encourage young people to consume news.

Broadcast journalism seniors Devin Bartolotta, Matt Digby, Glenn Janos, Leah Petrovich, Sarah Tranelli and management information systems junior Ryan Vibbert collaborated to design an app that would allow users to receive targeted news on their mobile devices at their desired time of day. Their challenge – to Craft a Strategy to Get More Young People to Consume News – was submitted by Ogden Newspapers.

“It started out as a class project and, as the idea developed, we realized it could be so much more,” said Tranelli. “We felt really confident about our idea and hoped we could come in here and get the judges to believe in it. Our professor, Mary Rogus, was behind us every step of the way, and we thank her.”

The Scripps Innovation Challenge, a campus-wide contest sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication, provided the opportunity for students to innovate creative solutions to actual challenges from the media industry.

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Middle-market companies from Ohio choose open innovation to achieve competitive advantage

NineSigma, Inc., of Cleveland, the leading innovation partner to organizations worldwide, today announced several new clients they will work with under the Ohio Third Frontier Open Innovation Incentive (OII) Program. As part of the program, NineSigma received a grant from the State of Ohio to help middle market companies, with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion, leverage Open Innovation strategies.

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Columbus ranked among most intelligent cities by Intelligent Communities Forum

Consider Columbus, Ohio, one of this nation’s “legacy cities” in the industrial heartland. In a review of the city’s accomplishments toward earning the Most Intelligent title, Robert Bell, founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, cites assets including Ohio State University, the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the innovation incubator TechColumbus as significant advances in smart technology application and education. The city is further lauded for its multi-sector partnerships, inclusion of citizens in visioning and transparency of process in decision making.

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