Miami president testifies on Capitol Hill, cites Cintrifuse

Miami University President Greg Crawford says universities must encourage more entrepreneurial business experience for students despite a national decline in entrepreneurship.

On July 19, Crawford delivered a testimony to the House Small Business Committee that detailed not only higher education’s role in entrepreneurial training, but also the steps that Miami University and southwestern Ohio has taken to combat a national decline in entrepreneurship. During the testimony Crawford, an entrepreneur himself who co-founded a drug testing platform company Myomics and medical device group Corum Medical, cited that 1,500 Miami alumni identify as co-founders and that the university works hard on its relationships with regional entrepreneurial groups, such as Cintrifuse.

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Transcript of Crawford’s mention of Cintrifuse:

Among other things, Miami University has a permanent presence at Cintrifuse in Cincinnati. Cintrifuse is a start-up catalyst, a public/private partnership that exists to build a sustainable tech-based economy for the Greater Cincinnati region. Our students are embedded, full-time, at Cintrifuse and with local start-ups. Miami students are part of actual start-up teams, bringing the depth and experience of our university to help them succeed. Through this partnership, our students have worked directly with such Cincinnati companies as The Brandery, 84.51, Frameri, and Roadtrippers. And our students’ engagement with the Cincinnati start-up ecosystem extends beyond Cintrifuse to all of the local accelerators, including companies like Ocean, UpTech, and Hillman. Our aspiration, if I have my way, is that all students in every major will have this experience.

Five days after Crawford’s testimony on Capitol Hill, the House Small Business Committee passed three bills that aimed to increase entrepreneurs’ access to capital.

To watch the full committee meeting and to hear Crawford’s testimony, click here.

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