Ask a BIG (Bobcat Innovators Group)

 “Ask a BIG” enables local high school students to ask questions and network with current Ohio University students, who want to help and mentor

You ask.

They answer.

Current Bobcats love helping local high school students. So what’s one question you have for an OHIO student who’s done what’s ahead of you?

How It Works

You ask.

Need help with an idea or active startup? Wondering about career options?

We recruit.

Our technology (powered by Protopia) uses AI to find the best experts to answer you.

Get answers.

We “hunt” until you have one or more responses. Delivered right to your email inbox.

Say ‘thank you.’

And build your network by continuing to stay in touch (such as via LinkedIn).

Not sure how to ask? We’ve got a short video that will turn you into a networking rock star.

Need inspiration? Here’s what others like you have asked.

“Hi my name is Nia and I am a junior at Athens High School. I love all elements of fashion — design, patterning, sewing, etc. I am frequently complimented on my outfits and am  always asked if I would make make skirts, dresses, etc. for others. I want to turn this skill into a business, but I don’t know what to do next.

It would be great to talk to someone who can help me. I would love to pursue this dream part time while I am a student and later make it my career.

Thank you!”

Need inspiration? Here’s what others like you have asked.

“I am Pat from Alexander High School and my dream is to start my own software company one day. I am a senior and get good grades and am a hard worker. I know html and am taking an online course in C sharp.

How can I get started? I need help find opportunities with small, growing software or tech business. I don’t think I’m ready to run my own business yet. Can any students share their experience of how they started out in tech while still in high school?

I very much appreciate your help.”

Need inspiration? Here’s what others like you have asked.

“My name is Morgan and I am a senior at Nelsonville-York High School. I love technology and cars! I am very interested in working for a leading electric vehicle (EV) company like Tesla or a leading company in autonomous driving such as Waymo.

What summer / side jobs can I get now to help reach my goal? How do I obtain these positions?

Thank you!”

Need inspiration? Here’s what others like you have asked.

“Hi – I’m Rasheed. I watch Shark Tank every week and I’ve read a lot about private equity. It seems like an amazing blend of finance, strategy and evaluating people. In addition, the profiles I’ve seen about industry leaders make them seem super cool with amazing lives and lifestyles.

What can I do to set myself up for a career in private equity?

Thank you in advance for your advice and assistance!”

Got a question on how it works?

What can I ask?

Literally anything to help with your academic or professional development. There are thousands of alumni, faculty, staff and friends that can help with class projects, building and growing a startup or figuring out career options.

What’s a good question?

Think of your question as an advertisement. Share who you are, what you are doing, and what you need help with. Keep it short and sweet. Here’s a short video on how to craft a great question that will get you results and help build your network.

Who will see my question?

We send your request to the best alumni, faculty, and staff in your area of interest.

Can I request someone specific?

No. We make our matches based on availability, proximity, experience and skills.

Can I ask follow-up questions?

Yes, of course! Once we make a match you’ll have direct, one-to-one communication and can ask additional questions.

How long will it take to get an answer?

Our goal is to get you answers within 3 business days. But it depends on what you’re asking. It can go as quickly as an hour to as long as 10 days or more.

How many answers will I get?

The number of answers depends on how many experts we have available with relevant experience. It may be one, three or more.

Will my questions and answers be confidential?

Your question will not be made public. It will be seen only by matched experts and a handful of administrators.

Is there a limit to how often I can ask?

No. You can ask as many questions as you would like. In fact, we encourage it as this is the simplest way for you to build your professional network.

Go ahead and ask

It has never been simpler to get help from others that have done what’s ahead of you.