The Cycle of Entrepreneurship (Featuring Jake VanderZanden of OTTOLOCK)

November 1, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm, Johnson 102

Leadership Academy Pillar: PROFESSIONAL


The Launch-U Speaker Series is open to students of all majors who have a desire to explore and pursue entrepreneurship. Launch-U is co-sponsored by InnovationX, the Entrepreneurship Student Club, and the College of Engineering. Visit for more details and resources to help you move your ideas forward.


About our featured guest speaker:  

Jake VanderZanden, President of OTTOLOCK Designworks

Jake VanderZanden currently serves as President for OTTO DesignWorks, a start-up he founded which has launched revolutionary new products, including the OTTOLOCK, an innovative outdoor lock that provides portable and compact security for outdoor enthusiasts. Previously, he was Vice President of Product Development at DW Fritz Automation, spent 25 years as an executive at Blount International Inc., serving as President of ICS—a construction products company, and later as Senior Vice President for New Product and Business Development at Blount International. VanderZanden is a published author and accomplished public speaker. 

Mr. VanderZanden’s strengths are in strategy, marketing, new product commercialization, and developing organizations.  He is a creative, practical, action-oriented, and inspirational leader who subscribes to a philosophy built on users and talent first.  He holds numerous patents and is an avid cycling enthusiast, competing as an elite level Masters road cyclist in the Pacific Northwest.

Mr. VanderZanden holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University and is a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program.


Members of the Leadership Academy are encouraged to participate. Those who participate can complete one requirement for the Academy. Mr. VanderZanden will speak with students from 6-7 pm, followed by a networking reception from 7-8 pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Members who are interested need to: 
1. RSVP for this event by visiting this link (NOT the Academy Portal)

Not a member? Submit your application today!

(All OSU engineering students in good academic standing are eligible to apply)