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Otterbein MBA students pitch their ideas to investors

Otterbein MBA students pitch their ideas to investors

The excitement surrounding the “pitch” in the Towers Hall classroom could easily be compared to that of the television show that inspired it, Shark Tank

Under the keen eyes of five industry professionals serving as judges, MBA students in Scott Billman’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership course pitched their creative and unique projects during their final class April 21 as part of The Pitch Otterbein. A total of twelve presentations were made, everything from retail athletic wear to cutting-edge technology. They included proposals to launch a craft beer brewing company, an emergency call telephone app, a conveyor belt sushi restaurant and a mobile animal clinic in India. 

“The goal of this inaugural event has been to create an entrepreneurial atmosphere for both start-up and corporate activity,” MBA Program Director Eric Lloyd said. “We want students to be aware of and give more attention to innovation in any industry.” 

The students had ten minutes to showcase their idea, with ten minutes for questions and answers.  Lloyd said he isn’t aware of any projects taking off at this point, but feels the experience is beneficial to the students and the corporate community. 

The panel of judges represented various fields:  Mike Compton, Columbus College of Art and Design; Neil Collins, Innovate New Albany; Wayne Embree and Rick Copeland of Rev 1; Kim Sharp, City of Westerville; and Claudia Harrington of Jobs Ohio. 

Lloyd gives credit to instructor Scott Billman for playing a large role in incorporating the event into the MBA course and being the inspiration behind it. Besides teaching in the MBA program, Billman is a sales and marketing executive at Cardinal Health, Inc. where he has a strong track record of building, developing and leading teams and leveraging new business development initiatives. In his role as Director of Sales and Marketing/Laboratory Services, he is responsible for strategic planning, portfolio management, sales execution, intra-organization leadership and product development synergy.

Lloyd is excited about future possibilities for MBA Pitch participants.

“This is something we intend to continue to infuse into the MBA program at Otterbein. With the opening of the Otterbein STEAM Innovation Center, this will be the perfect location for innovation, development and production to take place.”  

Learn more about Otterbein's MBA program on their website.