Entrepreneurship

Chuck Schmal Serves as Judge for Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Program E-Day

April 13, 2020

On April 8, 2020 Woodard Emhardt partner, Chuck Schmal, joined members of Indiana’s venture capital and entrepreneurship communities as an “E-Day” (Evaluation Day) judge for Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Center New Venture Creation Course. During E-Day, seniors majoring in entrepreneurship present their business plans to a panel of judges who decide whether a student passes or fails out of the program. Chuck has served as an E-Day judge since 2011 and has always been impressed by the student teams, thoughtful presentations and overall business plans.


Woodard, Emhardt Hosting E-Day for Ball State’s Entrepreneurship Program

April 27, 2012

Woodard, Emhardt is hosting “E-Day” (Evaluation Day) for Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Program on May 1, 2012.

Ball State’s Entrepreneurship Program has been nationally ranked in the top ten for about a decade. During “E-Day,” seniors majoring in entrepreneurship present their business plans to a panel of three judges who decide whether a student passes or fails out of the program. The pool of judges includes business people, attorneys, and members of Indiana’s venture capital and entrepreneurship communities. Woodard, Emhardt wishes good luck to all of the participating students!


Woodard Attorney Participates in Entrepreneur Summit

March 5, 2012

Well-established entrepreneurs and alumni of Wabash College gathered at the school on February 11, 2012, for the Second Annual Entrepreneur Summit.

A panel of entrepreneurs and Wabash alumni which included Woodard Emhardt partner Chris Brown, ’89, educated members of the Crawfordsville community and students from Wabash and other nearby colleges about becoming an entrepreneur.  Chris primarily discussed the legal aspects of entrepreneurship including various intellectual property considerations.


Woodard, Emhardt Hosts Ball State’s Entrepreneurship Program 2011 E-Day

May 6, 2011

Demonstrating our continued support of Indiana’s entrepreneur community, Woodard, Emhardt hosted Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Program E-Day (“Evaluation Day”) on May 3, 2011. Partners Dan Lueders and Chuck Schmal also participated in E-Day as judges. More information about the event can be found in our previous blog post.

Ball State’s Entrepreneurship Program has been a top ten nationally ranked program for about a decade and was recently ranked as the first of “10 College Classes that Impact the Outside World” by U.S. News & World Report.

During E-Day, seniors majoring in entrepreneurship presented their business plans to a panel of judges who decide whether a student passes or fails the program. A key feature of E-Day is this final pass or fail review that requires seniors to put their degrees on the line as their business plans are scrutinized by a group of top business leaders. If they pass, they receive their diplomas; if they fail, they are required to either return the next year with a revised plan or to seek another degree. Many of the business plans presented by the students at E-Day concerned technological innovations, such as a thermite torch that is able to cut through any metal within seconds, a simulated skin product used for practicing surgical skills, a medical computer cart, a laser system used to extricate victims from vehicular accidents, and a communication system for tracking students on school buses.

Woodard, Emhardt is proud to sponsor and promote the entrepreneurial spirit in Indiana and throughout the Midwest.


Woodard, Emhardt Attorney Selected As Judge for the Enterprise 8 Business Plan Tournament for Entrepreneurs

March 30, 2010

Congratulations to Woodard Emhardt partner Chuck Schmal for being selected as a judge for the Enterprise 8 Business Plan Tournament. The Enterprise 8 is a business plan tournament for entrepreneurs hosted by Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Center. It attracts students from universities across the United States and Canada.