April 17-19, 2015

CCAD Mindmarket

Events / Columbus 2015



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 said they wanted to continue work on the issue after the weekend

Community feedback:

“Taking the first step is the hardest sometimes. GBH encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to do it with tremendous models, mentors, and actionable coaching.”

 Joe DeLoss, Founder of Hot Chicken Takeover & Serial Social Entrepreneur

“GBH was probably one of the best experiences in my life. It was a wonderful introduction into the (social entrepreneurship). Not only did the funds help us get (our social impact idea) off the ground, but even MORE valuably, it gave us connections.”

– Eileen Guan, Designer, Student, GiveBackHack 2015 attendee, & Founder of Billion, L3C

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Tony Wells

The Tony R. Wells Foundation

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Matthew Goldstein

Besa Community, Inc.

Matthew launched Besa, a Columbus-based charity that connects people to community service. In its first 2 years, Besa has curated 250 service projects and contributed $225k in goods and services back to local nonprofits. Matthew is originally from Philadelphia. He graduated from Ohio State University with degrees in Marketing and Political Science. 

Dawn Tyler Lee

United Way of Central Ohio

Dawn Tyler Lee currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Community Impact at the United Way of Central Ohio. She leads the organization’s work in the impact areas of education, income, health and home and also oversees data and accountability, diversity and inclusion, public policy and volunteerism and engagement. In 2013, Dawn and her 36-member department were responsible for the investment of approximately $26 million in programs and initiatives that helped build pathways out of poverty for central Ohio individuals and families. Prior to joining United Way, Dawn enjoyed an 8-year career at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Vice President and was responsible for leading the University’s $10 million community reinvestment commitment on the near east side of Columbus.

Steven Moore

The Columbus Foundation

Steven, in addition to working with donors and their professional advisors to identify charitable goals, plays a lead role in supporting and growing organization endowment funds and philanthropic activities beyond central Ohio. Steven serves as a liaison to the Pickaway County Community Foundation, the Dublin Foundation, and other regional community foundations.


Joe DeLoss

Social Entrepreneur, Chicken Fryer

Joe, who also founded FreshBox, now serves as Founder and Head Fryer at Hot Chicken Takeover. HTC provides second-chance employment and skills training while teaching adventurous Columbus residents a thing or two about spicy chicken.

Michael Schott

Signet Equity Partners

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John Rush

CleanTurn, Freedom a la Cart

John is a social entrepreneur with a distinct focus on leveraging business as means for creating training and employment opportunities for individuals with significant obstacles to employment, including prior incarceration. After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, John focused his career on empowering those impacted by poverty and incarceration. He is very active in the non-profit community and has served on several nonprofit boards including Accion Chicago, RefugeeOne and NHS Redevelopment Corporation. John currently serves as President/ Board Chair of Freedom a la Cart, a social enterprise focused on providing training and employment for survivors of human trafficking in Central Ohio. He holds five Master’s degrees focused on urban studies, religion, history, non-profit management, including an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Mariah Beidleman

Community Housing Network

Mariah Beidleman is a seasoned public relations practitioner, writer, editor and graphic designer. In addition to serving as a communication specialist for a nonprofit, Community Housing Network, Mariah assists small- to mid-size companies with their business development, client outreach and B2B communication needs and is a Communication instructor at Ohio Christian University. Mariah earned a BS in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and specializations in Business and Sociology from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and a MA in Communication and Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.


Allen Proctor

Center for Social Enterprise Development

Allen Proctor is the President & CEO of the Center for Social Enterprise Development, founded in 2014 to support development of local social enterprises. Mr. Proctor has nearly 30 years of experience evaluating the financial health of organizations, developing effective business strategies, and enhancing organizational effectiveness. Allen has regularly developed innovative solutions to the financial and performance challenges of nonprofit organizations and for-profit corporations. Allen earned his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in economics and forecasting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Lois Hall

Ohio Public Health Association

Lois Hall’s career is Public Health, in the broadest sense, and she loves finding creative ways to help people live healthier lives – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and relationally. Lois is the Executive Director of the Ohio Public Health Association. She is also a national trainer for the Grief Recovery Institute.


Dan Rockwell

Big Kitty Labs

Dan Rockwell is the cofounder of Big Kitty Labs (BKL), a digital software agency in Columbus Ohio. With over 20 years experience building and shaping technology solutions Dan is an avid futurist, strategy and ideation technology specialist. His clients include fortune 500 companies such as PG, to Honda and has helped build numerous startups in the central ohio region. Known for his passion for hustle, he's an active mentor for startups across the midwest region, and helps organize such events as Startup Week, Startup Weekend, and Wakeup Startup. He spent 5 years working at THE Ohio State University in the intellectual property and commercialization group working with staff, faculty in students to help realize their ideas.

Before getting into software development Dan worked in Japanese animation, broadcast video, and market research. He's the guy you want to meet when you have an idea and you want it realized.

Leah McDougald

Design Research & Strategy

A Design Strategist with a focus on experience research. Ten years of gathering and translating consumer insights to improve human and design interaction on both emotional and functional levels. Leah provides the voice of the user within the innovation process to promote positive interactions where people live, work and play. She helps key stakeholders to achieve alignment for successful business strategies through the lens of their consumers. Passions include public speaking and providing user insight to inform great design / brand messaging, or to fuel innovation. Global travel and immersing in other cultures when possible is food for her soul.


Kim Hamper

Girl Develop It

Kim leads the Columbus chapter of Girl Develop It, a non-profit that provides classes, resources, and community for women learning to code (and male allies!). Kim believes in using her coding powers for good.


Patrick Pohler


Patrick Pohler has been developing web-based software for 10 years, he’s worked with large organizations such as Chase and the American Cancer Society, as well as startups such as Death to the Stock Photo. Patrick is the founder of local web and mobile web agency, Anecka, where he provides his technical expertise to startups, small businesses and non-profits.


Martin Butler

Neighborhood Services, Inc.

Martin has worked at NSI since November of 2012 in the Nonprofit Organization Management sector. He serves on the Board of Directors for Community Shares of Central Ohio, University Kiwanis and is a member of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank Agency Council. Prior to this position, he held positions at Huntington National Bank, Saturn of Columbus, Lazarus and the Ohio State University in their financial and management sectors for the past thirty years. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University.


Jeana Patterson

OSU Star House

Jeana Patterson is fortunate to be the Program Coordinator at the OSU Star House: A Drop-In Center for Homeless Youth, where she has worked for five and a half years. Previously, she spent 12 years working in the family shelter system advocating for children and their parents and/or guardians, including creating and implementing a Child Advocate position.


Adam Fazio

Local Matters

Adam Fazio is the Director of Operations for Local Matters, overseeing all grants and program funding for the organization, in addition to managing databases and program evaluations. Prior to joining Local Matters, he served as Project Manager for a large-scale qualitative research study of drug-using behaviors in urban populations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Working at Local Matters provides an opportunity to combine his passion for food-systems transformation and social justice work. Adam holds a B.A. from Middlebury College in Sociology/Anthropology and French. He lives in German Village with his partner, Karl.


Ryan Frederick

Principal, AWH & Director, Startup Grind Columbus & Director, i.c.Stars

Ryan Frederick has had the privilege of being part of several startups and growth companies. He has helped companies grow from inception, to viability, through to sustainability. During the evolution of these companies, Ryan as served on company boards and been instrumental in capitalization activities. He has also helped companies to expand to international markets. Ryan brings a unique blend of business acumen and technical knowledge to help companies and clients achieve their objectives. He now helps companies of all sizes build great products and become better product companies. Ryan (@ryanfrederick) is a Principal at AWH (@awhnet), Director for Startup Grind (@startupgrind | @startupgrindcmh), Chairman i.c.stars|*COLUMBUS (@icstarscolumbus), Co-founder <BLK hack> (@black_hack) and leader ProductCamp & ProductTank Columbus.

Jay Clouse

Founder, Unreal Collective

Jay is a writer and entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio. Jay fell in love with building products through his first software startup, Tixers, which was acquired in 2015.

After a stint in product management at a venture-backed healthcare startup, Jay founded Unreal Collective in 2017 to combine his interests in product and community building.

Unreal Collective is an online accelerator for founders and freelancers to find community and grow their businesses.

You can connect with Jay or receive his daily email at

Brooke Paul


Through his roles as CEO, CTO, founder, and investor, Brooke Paul has helped numerous early stage companies raise capital, grow revenue, develop products and successfully exit. He founded his first company in 1993 and continues to build and be involved with new companies in the Internet technology, software and IT security industries. He founded Taivara and Founder’s Factory to help early stage companies find viable and sustainable businesses. Through this work and more, he directly impacts and fosters the growth of Columbus’ entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Brad Griffith

Buckeye Interactive

Brad is a web developer and startup architect with equal passion for web technology and startup business strategy. He founded Buckeye Interactive after several years of consulting and developing web applications in-house for companies including JPMorgan Chase, QUALCOMM and the Go Big Network (now Brad earned a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering and an MBA from The Ohio State University. He lives in New Albany with his wife and their two beautiful little girls.

Sean McGee

Founder at CauseImpact

Bio coming soon.

Event Sponsors



Billion is a tournament style crowdfunding platform for social good. What this means is that Billion takes a basketball style bracket and applies it to crowdfunding. Users can go to our site and purchase "points" to allocate to a movement of their choice. Over the course of a few weeks teams are eliminated based off of how many points they earned. At the end of the bracket, the winning movement receives the entire fund and ideally, takes it and goes on to change the world. Our goal is to create a platform to generate global solutions. 

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Carry Me Forward

Millions of homeless children across the world carry their belongings in a black plastic trash bag. Here at CarryMeForward we want to help. CarryMeForward partners with local designers to create a one of a kind bag that anyone can purchase. With that purchase, one bag is donated to a child in need. With our buy-one-donate-one model, our goal is to give every child the ability to carry their belongings with safety, dignity, and pride.

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Abe's Kitchen

In Franklin County alone, over 200,000 people experience food insecurity where they do not have reliable access to affordable and healthy food. Abe's Kitchen is a food truck that travels to these food deserts and provides healthy alternatives on our own dollar menu. The long-term goal of Abe's kitchen is to bring education to our customers alongside a filling meal. 

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