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November 21, 2019

Pitt Ohio spinoff Idelic iterates quickly, including during fundraising

Hayden Cardiff approaches raising capital the same way he approaches building a product — with a lean startup methodology of build, measure and learn. The Idelic CEO discusses the company's growth and how he's applying what he's learned....

By Jayne Gest

November 7, 2019

MedPilot Co-Founders Bring A Methodical Approach To Scaling Their Business

Matt Buder Shapiro and Nathan Spoden have taken a humble yet confident approach to building MedPilot....

By Mark Scott

October 24, 2019

Denise Devine’s tips and traps for capital-raising entrepreneurs

RTM Vital Signs' co-founder Denise Devine explores the stages of capital raising and what entrepreneurs should look for, and look out for, at each....

By Adam Burroughs

October 22, 2019

Fifth Season expands its vertical farming, stays focused on capital efficiency

Vertical farming is capital intensive, which is why Fifth Season co-founder and CEO Austin Webb relies on his financial analyst and investment banking background to help manage the funding for the startup, which has raised over $35 million to date....

By Jayne Gest

October 10, 2019

These sisters roll up their sleeves for the nitty gritty hard work of growing The W Nail Bar

Manda Mason and Lauren Hunter share the story behind their rapidly growing nail salon business, which includes a unique store-within-a-store partnership deal with DSW....

By Jayne Gest

October 2, 2019

Angel Investing: The Power Of Group Intelligence

Former American Eagle President Don Morrison, who now mentors entrepreneurs as chairman of deal flow for BlueTree Allied Angels, talks about angel investing, scaling startups and what entrepreneurs should be looking for when it comes to investors....

By Jayne Gest

September 27, 2019

Studio B’s Bonnie Smith: Think Before You Bootstrap

Brand agency founder Bonnie Smith talks about the key questions you need to ask before you try to bootstrap your business and her role as a pioneer for other African-American female entrepreneurs....

By Mark Scott

September 19, 2019

As Gus Gear grows, Sarah Palya eyes taking on investors

Sarah Palya had limited business experience when she started Gus Gear. She’s had to learn as she goes, and now she feels her medical device startup is ready to jump to the next level, including possibly taking on investors....

By Jayne Gest

September 13, 2019

Ikove Takes High Risks For Big Returns In Tech Commercialization

Ikove Capital Partners keeps a low profile, investing at the founder level in companies that commercialize technologies in partnership with Midwest research institutions like Ohio State. By the end of next year, it expects to have 20-plus companies in a portfolio that already includes Nikola Labs, ParaGen Technologies and Cognovi Labs....

By Jayne Gest

September 12, 2019

TPA Stream's Jacob Sheridan: Find A Problem, Then Start A Business

Don’t try to start a business, advises TPA Stream CEO Jacob Sheridan. Try to find a big problem and come up with a creative way to solve it. That's your business....

By Mark Scott

August 21, 2019

Pitt's Big Idea Center guides first-time entrepreneurs

Babs Carryer, director of Pitt's Big Idea Center talks about Pittsburgh’s startup ecosystem, raising capital and the Big Idea Center....

By Jayne Gest

August 16, 2019

VentureOhio’s Tabs Top 50 Startups To Watch

Columbus’ startup culture is bustling, with 24 Central Ohio companies called out by VentureOhio in its 2019 list of Ohio’s top 50 most promising startups. Northeast Ohio has 10 startups on the list....

By Jayne Gest

August 16, 2019

Investors Seek Startup CEOs Who Are Willing To Take Risks

Early-stage entrepreneurs who are willing to put it all on the line to build a business are held in high regard by investors — even if they ultimately fail, says StartInCLE founder Ed Buchholz....

By Mark Scott

August 15, 2019

GhostWave's Dean Zody pinpoints route to commercialization

GhostWave founder Dean Zody discusses his company, which grew out of research at The Ohio State University, and its progress toward scale and commercialization....

By Jayne Gest

August 7, 2019

Mobility Startups Ride Wave Of Momentum

Ann Arbor SPARK’s Komal Doshi is working to create more mobility deal opportunities for companies like May Mobility, which has raised more than $33 million for its autonomous shuttles....

By Mark Scott

August 1, 2019

COHatch's Matt Davis Seeks To Connect Startups To Investors

The founder of COhatch discusses how it fits — or doesn’t — into the coworking space, and how he hopes to leverage the business to strengthen startup communities....

By Jayne Gest

July 26, 2019

Collaboration Drives Momentum In Cleveland’s Startup Community

JumpStart CEO Ray Leach has been focused on urgency of late in his assessment of Northeast Ohio’s startup community....

By Mark Scott

July 23, 2019

Mark DeSantis steers RoadBotics through rapid growth

RoadBotics CEO Mark DeSantis shares his experience building RoadBotics from the ground up, including rapid two-year growth since it got its first customers....

By Jayne Gest

July 8, 2019

Find Investors Who Fit Your Startup's Business Model

It often takes some time for early-stage entrepreneurs to learn the value of authenticity in their pitches to investors. That has certainly been the case for Laura Adiletta and Cullen Naumoff, co-founders of Farm Fare....

By Mark Scott

July 2, 2019

Fairmount's Charles Robins: The algorithm and alchemy of tech startups

Tech company valuations are based on wholly different ideas, a collection of measurements and assessments that are as much alchemy as they are algorithm....

By Adam Burroughs

June 21, 2019

Marc Kramer: What early-stage CEOs need from their angels

Marc Kramer, whose Angel Venture Fair has helped 2,000 companies around the world connect to U.S. angel investors, discusses a few issues that can cause partnerships to get lost in translation....

By Michael Marzec

June 20, 2019

UPMC Enterprises invests in its own disruption

Officially created five years ago to create health care innovations that improve the lives of patients in meaningful  ways, UPMC Enterprises encompasses the $130 million a year that UPMC lays out for corporate venture investments and R&D....

By Jayne Gest

June 18, 2019

PLSG invests in four regional life sciences startups

In the first half of 2019, the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse has invested $155,000 in four startups — Health IT companies RIMSYS and Clinical Platform, therapeutic company CytoAgents and medical device company Neuro Kinetics....

By Jayne Gest

June 13, 2019

WESCO and Plug and Play launch accelerator

The Silicon Valley organization's newest accelerator, B2B Sales and Distribution, will focus on industry-specific startups and their technologies....

By Jayne Gest

June 13, 2019

Woodward Angels Ready To Spark Entrepreneurial Growth

Lauren Hoffman of Woodward Angels and Tim Parker of Grand Angels talk about their effort to make connections and spark more early-stage entrepreneurial growth in Southeast Michigan....

By Mark Scott

June 7, 2019

Drips Ponders Best Path To Continued Growth, Liquidity

Co-founder and CEO A.C. Evans talks about lessons learned building a business without outside investors, and why it may be time to change that approach....

By Mark Scott

June 6, 2019

Braxton Miller learns the Xs and Os of investing

Braxton Miller isn’t just putting time in on a football field these days. He’s turned to business — investing in and endorsing several brands....

By Jayne Gest

May 29, 2019

Ryan and Hoa McManus go full throttle with microtransit startup SHARE

After quietly raising $5 million, the microtransit business is expanding into Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis and Dallas, with more cities on the way....

By Jayne Gest

May 22, 2019

Hilliard manufacturing incubator slated for former Rahal Racing facility

Converge Technologies, a commercial engineering firm, has committed to building a technology innovation and development capability in Hilliard. The founders of Converge recently purchased the former Rahal Racing research and development facility....

By Jayne Gest

May 21, 2019

Diamond Kinetics swings for the fences with sensor technology

CEO C.J. Handron talks about how he brought Diamond Kinetics from the lab to the ball diamond with the help of Pittsburgh’s early-stage community....

By Jayne Gest

May 14, 2019

Pipeline Angels: Driving change in Detroit’s angel investor community

Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Pipeline Angels bring needed guidance to help young entrepreneurs shape their vision and target markets that offer a better chance for success....

By Mark Scott

May 10, 2019

Wisr's Kate Volzer: Networking Makes Anything Possible For Your Startup

Kate Volzer, co-founder and CEO at Wisr, talks about her entrepreneurial journey that began as a student at the University of Chicago....

By Mark Scott

May 3, 2019

Steven Santamaria: Getting To 'No' And Other Startup Secrets

The serial entrepreneur and CEO of Folio Photonics shares lessons learned from the business deals he’s made and explains why starting a business is a lot like going on vacation....

By Mark Scott

May 1, 2019

Jim Grote opens EDGE Innovation Hub

The EDGE Innovation Hub, founded by Donatos founder Jim Grote, hosted its grand opening, the Columbus Dispatch reports....

By Jayne Gest

May 1, 2019

Joe DeLoss nearly got burned before making Hot Chicken Takeover a success

From nearly missing payroll to expanding too quick, the founder survived missteps on the way to building one of the area's hottest fast-casual restaurant chains....

By Jayne Gest

April 25, 2019

JumpStart's Cathy Belk: Plan Your Exit Before You Start Your Business

You can’t start a business these days without planning your way out.For early-stage entrepreneurs, thinking about a potential exit from the business starts before the company is even launched.“Many of...

By Mark Scott

April 23, 2019

Honeycomb Credit expands crowd financing model beyond Pittsburgh

How CEO George Cook is blending crowd funding and community banking to change the way small businesses get loans....

By Jayne Gest

April 19, 2019

Chris Rizik: Honesty Is The Best Policy When Pitching VCs

Chris Rizik shares his insight on how to make a better pitch to investors, as well as the growth opportunities that exist in Detroit’s VC community....

By Mark Scott

April 18, 2019

Female founders on rise, as women-focused angel group disbands

Although X-Squared Angels disbanded at the end of last year as membership fizzled, early-stage and startup female founders appear to be on the rise. We talk to Cindi Englefield and Mary McCarthy of the Women’s Small Business Accelerator....

By Jayne Gest

April 9, 2019

Corporates join VCs to fill pipeline for Pittsburgh tech investment

Pittsburgh’s tech startups attract the lion’s share of funding and attention, says Innovation Works’ Gary Glausser. We spoke with him about trends in tech investing, including highlights from Investment in Pittsburgh’s technology sector report, and the upcoming the AI & Robotics Venture Fair....

By Jayne Gest

April 5, 2019

Rev1 Ventures hits $2B in economic impact in 6 years

In 2018 alone, Rev1 clients generated more than $123 million in revenue and attracted more than $157 million in capital to the region....

By Jayne Gest

April 3, 2019

MentorcliQ’s Phil George

CEO Phil George shares MentorcliQ’s growth story – which includes raising $5 million in capital — and offers his advice for other founders....

By Jayne Gest

March 15, 2019

Venture for America taps Cleveland for accelerator

Venture for America has selected Cleveland to host its national business accelerator targeting entrepreneurs that are recent college graduates, netting out competing proposals from Columbus and...

By Michael Marzec

March 8, 2019

UH Ventures seeks every opportunity for innovation

Through UH Ventures, University Hospitals Health System hopes it can become a powerful force to enable the next generation of health care....

By Mark Scott

March 6, 2019

Startup future is bright — and diverse

Tom Walker talks about the startup climate and how Rev1 is encouraging startup diversity....

By Jayne Gest

March 6, 2019

Gilbert part of Detroit's first angel investor group

Membership in Woodward Angels requires a minimum investment of $25,000 per calendar year in Detroit-area startups....

By Adam Burroughs

February 6, 2019

The rise of corporate venture funding

Pittsburgh’s old industrial companies are paying attention to startups and Idea Foundry CEO Mike Matesic thinks the surge in corporate venture funding bodes well for local M&A activity. We spoke with Matesic about how corporations and startups are working together to grow Pittsburgh’s economy....

By Jayne Gest

February 5, 2019

You can’t fake passion

Passion is an authentic emotion. That’s why it’s the first trait Pete Martin looks for in Votem Corp. employees. Martin talks about building on market opportunities, the role of resilience and going all in on your vision....

By Mark Scott

January 17, 2019

JumpStart’s Jerry Frantz

JumpStart’s Jerry Frantz knows he’s in a risky business. “Any way you cut it, deploying capital into young companies is an inherently risky proposition,” he says. Frantz talks about the role of early-stage capital in economic health and managing risk as a startup investor....

By Mark Scott

January 3, 2019

StartInCLE’s Ed Buchholz

Ed Buchholz about some of the challenges faced by Cleveland’s startup community and how the region can attract and empower quality startups....

By Mark Scott