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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

December 6, 2018

North Coast Angel Fund’s Todd Federman

The angel investor talks about common mistakes entrepreneurs need to avoid to beat the odds and monetize their ideas....

By Mark Scott

November 20, 2018

TechGrit’s Anthony Margida

Anthony Margida talks about key differences between business accelerators in Ohio and Silicon Valley and his thoughts on speeding up the flow of funding for startups....

By Mark Scott

November 2, 2018

LaunchHouse’s Todd Goldstein

LaunchHouse' s Todd Goldstein talks about the evolution of Cleveland’s entrepreneurial community and the value of looking at a deal from different points of view....

By Mark Scott

August 3, 2018

Flashstarts’ Charles Stack

How poker shaped his approach to dealmaking, the problem with risk in Cleveland’s investor community and the one thing entrepreneurs get totally wrong when making a pitch to potential investors....

By Mark Scott

May 4, 2018

How M&A strengthens the entrepreneurial economy

JumpStart's Ray Leach is excited about the potential that exists in Cleveland’s entrepreneurial economy to make huge strides in the years ahead....

By Mark Scott

March 9, 2018

Zapis Capital Group's Lee Zapis

Lee Zapis has invested in more than 20 companies since 2003, but he knows it takes more than capital to build an outstanding business. That’s why Zapis Capital Group prefers to take an active role in its portfolio companies, providing strategic advice and resources....

By Brooke Bilyj

March 2, 2018

JumpStart's Ray Leach

A critical part of Ray Leach’s role at JumpStart is his ability to ID strong business builders. Just as important, however, is his ability to engage with established business leaders who can help his startups....

By Mark Scott