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Written by Tom Hodson.
Ethan Schultz graduated from Ohio University in 2015 with a degree in Fine Arts but instead of taking a job with a major company, he decided to start his own creative toy company called Opa.
Opa produces “high quality educational toys, that accelerate early developmental skills in children while remaining fun and engaging,” Schultz says. “Opa sees play as a vehicle for education and provides educators with toys to create games, stories, and beautiful works of art as a tool for playful learning…”
…Schultz has had this toy idea for several months. He pitched it at the StartUp Weekend, sponsored by the Ohio University Innovation Center and he won in March 2016. He claims the idea is a melding of fine arts, education, and engineering.
Since winning, Schultz has taken advantage of the many services available through the Innovation Center, TechGrowthOhio, and the Entrepreneurship Center. He is still in the process of developing his business and manufacturing plans…
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Originally published June 9, 2016.