March 31 - April 2, 2017

CCAD MindMarket

Events / Columbus 2017



participants at the event


new ideas pitched


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of participants surveyed rated event support, check-ins and mentorship as effective


of participants surveyed rated their overall experience as “Good” (23%), “Great” (54%) or “Changed My Life” (23%) – with 0% indicating it was “Not Good”, or even “Okay”


of teams received post-event resources (including marketing, law, accounting, software)


Jen Bowden

Director of Community Investment, IGS

Jen Bowden is the Director of Community Investment for the IGS Family of Companies, where she works to carry forward the company’s purpose of building a meaningful energy future together. In this role, she’s responsible for investments into the communities where IGS does business including philanthropic investments, employee community engagement, community economic development and volunteerism. Additionally, she has responsibilities on IGS’s corporate innovation team.

Before joining IGS, she was the vice president of community relations for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus’ professional hockey team. Jen has also held roles as the director of corporate and government relations and capital campaign manager for Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Prior to her time with the Foodbank, she spent several years in charitable fundraising in Washington, D.C. She received a degree in International Studies from The Ohio State University.

Jen actively serves the community through volunteerism and civic participation. In addition to her role on the Conscious Capitalism Columbus board, she serves as a board member of Deep Griha USA, chairs the HRC Columbus Gala, and annually serves as a roster judge on Election Day.

She lives in Upper Arlington with her partner, Josh Flynn, and daughter, Parker.

Tony Wells

The Tony R. Wells Foundation

Check back soon for more about Tony.


Jerry Dannemiller

VP, Strategic Communications and Marketing, United Way of Central Ohio

Jerry Dannemiller is United Way of Central Ohio’s Vice President of Strategic Communications and Marketing. In his role, Jerry leads a team committed to raising awareness and engagement year-round through campaigns and events focused on United Way’s work of improving lives, strengthening our community, and helping people build pathways out of poverty.

Prior to his joining United Way of Central Ohio in October 2014, he was Director of Marketing and Communications at the Wexner Center for the Arts ( where he oversaw all tactical and strategic planning for the center’s outreach, publications, media relations, advertising, CRM and data analysis, digital and social media efforts. He guided the center’s brand and reputation, partnering with internal university groups, external vendors and community partners to develop programming, messaging and key annual campaigns. Prior to the Wexner Center, he was with University Communications at Ohio State where he served in several roles including writer, editor, producer, and Assistant Director within the university’s Publications and New Media Unit.

Jerry also has written for several publications and online outlets including The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Monthly, National Public Radio, and the Ohio State University Alumni Magazine. He’s active in both the arts and community organizations in Columbus, volunteering with Greater Columbus Sister Cities (Africa Selection Committee), the Columbus College of Art and Design, the Columbus Music Co-op, and has helped organize art events and festivals big and small throughout Columbus. He holds degrees from The Ohio State University and Wesleyan University.


Doug Ulman

President / CEO at Pelotonia

In his role as president and chief executive officer, Doug Ulman oversees the strategic vision and direction of Pelotonia and also serves as an advisor to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Doug is a three-time cancer survivor and globally recognized cancer advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma during his sophomore year of college and malignant melanoma twice since, Doug and his family founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, educating and connecting young adults, their families and friends, who are affected by cancer. He served as executive director of the organization for four years before joining the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2001 as director of survivorship. He went on to lead LIVESTRONG as president and chief executive officer for seven years before joining Pelotonia in 2014.

During his time at the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Doug helped transform the nonprofit into an internationally-known brand and leader in the global movement for people affected by cancer. Doug has earned a reputation as the “Most Savvy Health Care Leader in Social Media” for his innovative use of social media to spread awareness and knowledge around the world’s leading cause of death. His online community includes a Twitter following of more than one million.

Doug currently holds numerous civic and charitable board positions for organizations such as the Union for International Cancer Control, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and C-Change. He also sits on the advisory board for Provectus Pharmaceuticals and is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Doug served for four years as the Chairman of the National Cancer Institute Director’s Consumer Liaison Group.

In his spare time, Doug enjoys traveling, reading, playing golf and running. He has participated in 14 marathons, including a 100-mile ultramarathon in the Himalayan Mountains, and recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Most importantly, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

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.


Calvin Cooper

Associate, NCT Ventures

Calvin is an associate on the NCT Ventures investment team and focuses on identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities. He specializes in raising capital, market research and intelligence, due diligence, and portfolio management. Prior to joining the NCT family, Calvin served in an executive role at OMSDC where he conducted the merger due diligence and integration of two regional organizations. He has experience in supplier diversity and business development, connecting diverse owned companies to Fortune 500 corporations. He also founded and launched the MBE Academy in partnership with the City of Columbus. Additionally, he has public relations and marketing experience that includes creating and publishing the Connections Magazine, government affairs, strategic marketing, and branding initiatives. Calvin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital University in Financial Economics and has presented economic research at national conferences.

Mackenzie King

Director of Design Research and Insight Translation, Lextant

Mackenzie believes in customer led innovation and has worked with clients across industries to help them integrate their customers' voices in their innovation process from the fuzzy front end of a business challenge to co-creating a design strategy or business model, to iteration and implementation. She has engaged physicians to design smart devices that integrate into complex hospital informatics systems; NYC students to create a hip hop-themed college prep high school, Millennials to design the car of the future and community leaders to envision an innovative live-work development. With over 10 years experience, she now serves as Director of Design Research and Insight Translation at Lextant. Her clients have included Best Buy, Nissan, P&G, Pepsico. Mackenzie holds a design degree from Pratt Institute and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

David Ciccone

Sr. Assistant Vice President Community Impact, United Way of Central Ohio

David Ciccone is a Sr. Assistant Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Central Ohio. Mr. Ciccone facilitates planning and process to guide the structure and role of Community Impact investment as part of UWCO's strategic organizational framework. He manages cross functional projects and activities designed to support UWCO's work related to poverty reduction. This includes facilitating collaboration among community agencies, donors, and other key community stakeholders around the development and implementation of community impact strategies.

Most recently, he has helped guide UWCO's emerging alignment of cross functional community impact priorities and investments to address social determinants of health and other integrated strategies to influence education, financial capability, community development, and health outcomes. He has contributed to a number of committees and work groups including the Ohio Healthy Food Financing Taskforce, Health Policy Institute of Ohio's Prevention and Public Health Policy Advisory Group, and the National Collaborative on Education and Health. He is currently serving on the Health Policy Institute of Ohio Board of Directors.

Prior to joining United Way of Central Ohio, he directed all recruitment, selection, and planning activities within the admissions process for City Year Columbus -- a local nonprofit organization that pairs tutors and mentors with youth in schools to ensure they stay in school and on track.

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.

Ida Abdalkhani

Founder, Ability to Engage

Ida is the Founder & Chief Catalyzer of Ability to Engage, Inc. Ability to Engage helps brands develop marketing communications, product ideas, brand strategies (brand personality, equity, and architecture), and consumer segmentations. The A2E team also develops and facilitates innovation sessions, strategic meetings, and team effectiveness workshops. Clients include start-up companies, international government groups, and some of the world’s largest and most respected companies in brand and marketing such as Clorox, ConAgra Foods, McGraw Hill, Ogilvy, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, and Red Bull.

In addition to running a boutique consultancy, Ida is a professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, where she teaches a graduate course, Creativity & Design Thinking- Strategies for Innovation. She also serves as a Board Member and Trustee for Ohio Business Week, an entrepreneurial summer camp for high school students and is a member of Forbes Agency Council, an invitation only organization for senior-level executives in successful PR, media strategy, creative and advertising agencies. Ida holds six patents with the USPTO and has been published in Prentice Hall, YOUNG MONEY® magazine, and several blogs. As a certified Laughter Yoga instructor, she also enjoys getting people find their “inner child” through laughter.

Casey Borders

Java Instructor, TechElevator

Casey is currently a Java instructor at TechElevator in Columbus. He has been a professional developer for over 10 years but his love of technology goes all the way back to his father teaching him QBasic at 9 years old. Throughout his career he's had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of environments from a 10 person start-up to a Fortune 25 company and everything in between. Most recently he has been focused on mobile development, leading teams targeting both Android and iOS, as well as working with and mentoring junior developers.

Casey is also a co-organizer of the Google Developer Group in Columbus where he puts on monthly meetings to help inform people of the latest technology news. For the last two years GDG Columbus has partnered with Google and Udacity to present an introduction to Android development courses.

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.

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.

Kwame Christian

Negotiation Coach & Consultant | Lawyer | Podcaster

Kwame a corporate attorney with a passion for using negotiation and the psychology of persuasion to help clients get the best deals possible.

His TEDx Talk, Finding Confidence in Conflict, was viewed over 24,000 times in 24 hours and I also host the top negotiation podcast in the country, Negotiate Anything. The show has been downloaded over 270,000 times and is a resource for business professionals in over 140 different countries.

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

Alex Purtell

Accelerator Director, Lumos

Alex is a 4-time startup founder and Accelerator Director at the Lumos Accelerator, a Columbus based startup accelerator, where he is in charge of finding, funding and creating a support network for early-stage founders. He has worked as the resident growth hacker and consultant for over 80 startups and is also the head of growth and marketing at - a SAAS for physical therapists that decreases patient's time to recovery. Alex has a passion for helping earl-stage entrepreneurs who want to take their ideas to the next level.

Kevin Mack

UI Designer/Developer, User Experience at Cardinal Solutions, Co-Organizer & Co-Founder of Columbus Web Group

Kevin Mack is a developer, designer, and consultant that is focused on creating user interfaces and user experiences for large-scaling websites. Kevin is also a co-founder and co-organizer of The Columbus Web Group where he actively participates in growing and educating the community around design, development, best practices and standards for the web. You can find him on Twitter (@nicetransition), YouTubeCodePen, or GitHub.

Emily Savors

Director of Grants Management, The Columbus Foundation

Since 1991, Emily has assisted the Foundation in carrying out its services to donors and supporting organizations, nonpro t organizations, and the community at-large. She has served as a catalyst in addressing community needs by researching, reviewing, and spearheading projects for funding consideration, and developing funding partnerships for special initiatives.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Emily was director of housing and community services for South Middlesex Opportunity Council.

Emily has a bachelor of arts in Economics from Kenyon College and masters’ degrees in public policy and theological studies from Harvard University.

Justin Foley

Owner, Modern Web

Justin is a serial entrepreneur and software developer. His work ranges from large corporate software (Epic Systems), to university work at the University of Dayton where he earned his masters, to serving as the CTO of an energy reduction startup. After his experience working in the startup world he formed his own consultancy and began picking up work with startups and corporate clients in addition to working on his own ventures. Justin also organizes the Meteor Columbus Meetup.

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Friday - March 31

Doors Open
Dinner & networking (don't miss this!)
Friday night begins! We'll cover everything you need to know, let you pitch, vote on top ideas & form teams for the weekend
Wrap up!
Facilities close

Saturday - April 1

Doors open & breakfast to start the day!
Morning business/mentors arrive
Community updates - circle up and discuss progress
Afternoon Mentors arrive
Dinner sponsored by Rev1
Wrap up!
Facilities close

Sunday - April 2

Doors open + breakfast to start the day
Business/mentors arrive + community updates
Pitch practice
Presentation tech check
MindMarket Closes/Move to Canzani Auditorium
Community arrives at Canzani + final presentations
Judging and awards
Wrap up and celebrate
Facilities close


The ebullient Suzy Bureau (as she was referred to in TechCrunch) has a heart and mind for startups, a knack for building community, & a love of social entrepreneurship. By day, Suzy is Senior Product Owner at one of the fastest growing companies in the nation – CoverMyMeds. Prior to that, Suzy was an early member of the team, working to take the startup from pre-product to growth. Outside of work, Suzy focuses on building community – locally & globally. As a local organizer and global facilitator for Startup Weekend since 2012, Suzy has facilitated events from Ohio to Mexico, Ireland, & more. She was also invited to facilitate at the inaugural Startup Extreme in Norway, and in 2013, was selected to represent the USA at Global Startup Youth in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -an event that brought together the top startup hustlers from 105 different countries around the world.

Louisa Lee is a Venture for America fellow and a recovering Art History major from Williams College. She has a background in startups and the non-profit space, which naturally evolved into a passion for social enterprise. She jumped onto the GiveBackHack organizing team in early 2015 and is excited to help it expand its impact across the country. She currently works on the New Products team at CoverMyMeds, a health tech startup in Columbus, OH.

Edward is a designer who loves print as much as the digital world. He geeks out on maps, old posters & ephemera, typography, and behavior psychology. His curiosity and love for travel has taken him around the world, but somehow, he could not resist returning to his roots in Columbus. He's an active IxDA member and currently works at Fuse by Cardinal Health as a UX Designer.

Heidi loves building relationships with people and looks forward to the amazing things that can be accomplished by taking what’s "Good" and making it "Great!"

She currently works as a senior SEO specialist for DSW, but also owns her own business managing digital marketing strategies for small businesses. She has worked in the digital marketing field for 7+ years.

Jim is a full-stack web and mobile software developer. Jim currently works at one of the fastest growing healthcare IT companies – CoverMyMeds. Prior to that, Jim worked at Ohio State to help bring the official mobile app for Ohio State students into reality. He is passionate about changing the world for better and always loves to learn from those around him.

Brian is a developer and tester that has moved over to managing a full-blown testing team for CoverMyMeds, one of the fastest growing healthcare IT companies. Brian brings his attention to detail to everything he does – whether organizing events or testing software. Beyond GiveBackHack, Brian is Captain for the CoverMyMeds Peloton (where he biked over 100 miles! - pfew!) – leading a team that raised $80,000 for Cancer Research in Columbus. Brian also uses his passion for the community and ability to hustle through logistics via involvement as an organizer for Startup Weekend, while also mentoring at PairColumbus.

Alfred triumphantly frolics through life as a sophisticated charmer, performing two primary tasks: entertaining people and helping them find their passion and make their difference. Outside of his job in Fraud Strategy Analytics for Chase, Alfred fears and avoids technology and is using GiveBackHack as a method of exposure therapy. Alfred enjoys food, sports, and all things Columbus – particularly the non-profit and philanthropy scene as a board member for Columbus Gives Back and 1girl.

In the venn diagram of web design, social enterprise, and donuts - Eileen sits smack dab in the middle. She first stumbled across GiveBackHack in 2015. She went on co-found Billion- a tournament-style crowdfunding platform for global movements, and took home first place and $4,000. After building her startup for 2 years, which resulted in raising $15,000+ through Billion to give back to local social enterprises and non profits, she graduated and became a Venture for America Fellow. Then after working in product and marketing in a handful of high-growth startups, she decided to give corporate a try. During the day you'll find her doing UI design at Abercrombie and and at night, organizing and volunteering for rad events like GiveBackHack and Columbus Product Club.

A junior at the Ohio State University, Mike is studying Accounting at the Fisher College of Business. Passionate about social enterprise, he has spent most of college investigating the social needs of Columbus communities, from volunteering at nonprofits to working on the frontiers of startups. With the student organization Alleviating Poverty through Entrepreneurship, Mike acts as internal director, coordinating logistics and fundraising to fuel its flagship summit of social enterprise speakers. Professionally, he does accounting for DOmedia – a technology company recently named the fastest growing company in Central Ohio.

This spunky teen dropped out of college to launch the social enterprise, Aunt Flow. A buy-one, give-one subscription box for 100% cotton tampons and pads, the company is committed to ensuring that all humans have access to menstrual products. When not talking about menstruation, Claire is jamming out to Macklemore, teaching aerobics classes, and doodling boobs.

Mike is a software developer currently working as a UX/Front-end Engineer at Finite State, a stealth-mode IoT security company based out of Columbus, Ohio.   Outside of work, Mike spends much of his time helping to organize and grow GiveBackHack. He is passionate about the organization as he believes social enterprise provides the most solid, sustainable foundation for social change.

At different points in her life, Lauren has tried her hand at being an elementary school teacher, a graphic designer, a screenwriter, and an entrepreneur. These days, she runs her own startup-focused marketing agency while pursuing her MBA at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. In her downtime, Lauren is the Marketing Lead for CMU's Hyperloop Team, a Columbus Startup Weekend organizer, and an evangelist for all things entrepreneurial. She once was voted "Most Likely to Eat Bacon for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner," and this remains her crowning achievement to date.

Clayton is an artist who went to business school at The Ohio State University. After living in England and California, Clayton co-founded a design and stationery brand called Little City Love, which has sent cards to more than 40 countries around the world. He's passionate about working on meaningful and important problems -- where solutions can be found at the intersection of design, strategy, and creativity -- and looking forward to helping make GiveBackHack a launchpad for social innovation.


Ears On
We provide a way to help disenfranchised individuals and there families in getting affordable hearing aids for them and their loved ones. We provide a recycling hearing aide service as a part of the Columbus Ohio Area.
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Bust A Move
Creating an appropriate bra for young girls with larger breasts to help keep young girls from having to quit sports because they are unsupported
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Brake the Cycle
A business model that will employ returning citizens to build bicycles that will be sold to the Columbus community
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DACA Time makes the DACA application process easier and more affordable. Using our secure online tool, we'll walk you through every step of the application process.
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The Friendly App
An app that helps establish which businesses in the community are LGBTQ friendly and will provide a Friendly certification for businesses to display
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My Family Nurse
App that connects nurses with families who are caring for aging family members to provide care and additional employment opportunities for nurses
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Rental program that allows schools to rent VR equipment to bring virtual field trips to low income schools
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Urban Garden Exchange
Produce exchange and donation app for urban gardeners
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Locally sourced and employed clothing company that uses environmentally friendly material
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Higher Ground Agriculture
An aquaponics closed loop system of growing vegetables faster and more organically
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Move It
Crowdsourced moving app that pairs those that have pickup trucks with those who need to move items to a new location
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Volunteer management platform
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Co-Pay It Forward
Point of Sale donation service that allows you to donate extra money when you pay your own copay. These extra funds will then pay for the co-pays of those that can’t afford them
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App that allows you to round up your purchases and donate to a charity of your choice
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