2020 Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship

Sebo Series 2019 - Innovation Nation - Everyone is an Entrepreneur

Friday, April 24 | 9:00 a.m. 

robert seboThe Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship is the culmination of Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week) presented by the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the College of Business at Bowling Green State University. Each year this program attracts highly successful, world-class entrepreneurs to campus who share their valuable messages to more than 600 business and community leaders, students, faculty, and administrators. This renowned program has been a sold-out event and we expect the same for this year.
We are excited to bring you the 2020 Sebo Series with the theme – “Innovation Nation: Everyone is an Entrepreneur”.

About J. Robert Sebo '58, '13 (Hon.)   

Since its inception, the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship has been generously sponsored by J. Robert Sebo who earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1958 from BGSU.  

Dr. Sebo is a successful business executive, and retired as the senior vice president of Paychex, Inc., a Rochester, New York-based payroll and human resources company. He is a longtime contributor to his alma mater and supports a variety of areas, including the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship and football and jazz studies scholarships. The Sebo Athletic Center is named in his honor and recognizes his financial support to that facility. He served as a member of the university’s Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2011. BGSU granted an honorary degree to him in 2013. 

Keynote Speaker

John Nottingham
John Nottingham,

Co-Founder, Nottingham Spirk Family Office

John Nottingham is the Co-Founder of Nottingham Spirk, a family office and a leading business innovation firm with over 1,250 patents, of which 95% have been commercialized. The Nottingham Spirk “Vertical Innovation™” process has helped partner companies earn over $50 billion in combined sales for product lines like Dirt Devil, Little Tikes, Dutch Boy, and AXE.

Nottingham Spirk partners with other family offices to create companies based on NS innovations, like the Crest SpinBrush venture which was sold to P&G, returning $475 million, 24 times EBITDA to family office investors. Their Swiffer Sweep+Vac venture was also sold to P&G. The ThermoScan Ear Thermometer venture was sold to Braun/Gillette for $175 million. Their new Tempo Walk Autonomous Golf Caddie was recently acquired by Club Car. Their CardioInsight non-invasive electrocardiographic mapping venture was acquired by Medtronic and has so far returned over $100 million to investors.

The Nottingham Spirk current portfolio of venture companies include TecTraum; concussion therapy system, Sterifre; low cost disinfection system, XaTek; blood coagulation monitor, HairClinical; break-through technology in hair care, and Polar Delight; single-serve premium ice cream dispensing system.

Nottingham Spirk recently partnered and co-invested with InvestIndustrial to acquire Jacuzzi Brands and is currently co-creating the next generation of premium spa products to double sales, triple profits and drive equity growth.

John serves on the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees, Case Western Reserve University Technology Commercialization Board, CWRU Think[box] Makerspace Advisory Board, boards of Global Center for Health Innovation, Great Lakes Biomimicry, and Cleveland Institute of Art, as well as several private equity company boards of directors.

John is one of the top individual patent holders in the USA, a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, an inductee of the Inside Business Hall of Fame, and a 2017 winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Other awards include Gold IDEA Award, Edison Gold Award and DuPont Packaging Gold Award.

He has presented numerous times at family office events on the subject of innovating for maximum equity growth for portfolio companies. He has been featured on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Japan Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Times, Wired and Fast Company.


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