Founded in 1988, the Ohio Business Week (OBW) Foundation provides high school students a unique, hands-on experience with business and entrepreneurship. The intensive week-long summer program brings motivated students together with business professionals from all over Ohio to experience entrepreneurship through the lens of our American free enterprise system.
During OBW, students experience college life as they translate textbook economic theories into “real world” business practices.
At the beginning of the week, participants form companies comprised of 10-12 students from across the state. Under the guidance of a business professional , each company develops an idea for a new, innovative product and transforms that idea into a start-up business venture.
After developing the idea, students embark on the Emerging Entrepreneur Project (EEP). During the EEP, each company researches and writes business, financial and marketing plans; designs a web page; constructs a trade show display; and creates an advertising campaign to promote their product. The EEP Competition culminates as each company gives a 10-minute presentation to a panel of business professionals who pose as venture capitalists.