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The Point at Otterbein University Hosts Its First IdeaFest 2017

February 09, 2017
Otterbein University

Participants will develop solutions around social innovation.

Westerville, OH—The Point at Otterbein University will host IdeaFest 2017, a chance for students to win prizes for coming up with solutions to build a better world at a fun, social and collaborative event. IdeaFest will be held on from 3-11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, and 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at The Point, 60 Collegeview Road.

Participants are invited to work with teams to create social innovations for problems our communities face every day, before pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, including social philanthropist Tony Wells. Prizes will be awarded to teams with the best ideas.

Solutions presented at IdeaFest 2017 may be put to use in the Otterbein and central Ohio communities.

IdeaFest 2017 is made possible The Wells Foundation. Additional sponsors include Big Kitty Labs, edgeThingZ Project Realization Hub, Ikove Capital Partners and OhioHealth.

Tony R. Wells, chief executive officer of The Wells Foundation, is a philanthropist who provides technology and social entrepreneurship grants to non-profit organizations through his foundation. He is a social innovator, who assists organizations in becoming sustainable without compromising their status as non-profits. Wells developed and funded the Social Innovation Initiative at The Ohio State University to develop and commercialize social benefitting technologies for individuals with disabilities. He is a Kellogg Scholar in Nonprofit Management at Northwestern University. Many Otterbein students have interned with the Wells Foundation, gaining valuable experience in their fields of study.

In addition to his foundation, Wells is also the founder of numerous information technology companies, the founding board member for local charities A Kid Again and GroundWork Group, and currently serves on the honorary board for Goodwill Columbus. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including Entrepreneur of the Year from EY; the Excellence in Community Partnership Building Award and the Dean’s Meritorious Service to Students Award from The Ohio State University; Board Leadership Fellow Award from National Association of Corporate Directors; and the Harry C. Moores’ Philanthropic Vision Award. He was one of 88 business leaders for the book, Leadership within Reach. 

Wells is an alumnus of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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