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September 3, 2021

Will Zell sees exuberance in venture capital

Will Zell, founder of Zell Capital and Executive Chairman at Nikola Labs, offers his take on the view from the early stage....

By Adam Burroughs

August 27, 2021

Nat Clarkson on the impact of investor moves downstream

CFV Ventures Managing Partner Nat Clarkson on what he’s seeing at the seed stage, and how firms at his level may look to adjust their strategies if larger firms became a player in the mix....

By Adam Burroughs

August 13, 2021

Feuer Innovation Accelerator Fund Gives UH Leader Power To Promote Ideas From Within

A $2 million gift to University Hospitals by serial entrepreneur Michael Feuer and his wife Ellen aims to enhance the hospital’s ability to spur innovation by giving UH’s CEO the financial and decision-making latitude to back strong ideas. ...

By Adam Burroughs

July 29, 2021

Luke Cooper on how pluck and luck helped him sell Fixt to Assurant

Luke Cooper talks about Fixt’s sale to Assurant, strategies for fundraising as well as an initiative that’s underway to help connect African-American entrepreneurs with Fortune 500 companies....

By Adam Burroughs

July 29, 2021

How Wisr used pressure to distinguish serious investors

John Knific talks about fundraising and Wisr's deal with EAB. ...

By Adam Burroughs

July 9, 2021

Women and the unique challenges they face in their entrepreneurial pursuits

Linda Pringle Evans, CEO and Founder of Pringle Business Consulting, and the Director of Education at Empowering a Billion Women, discusses the state of female entrepreneurship in the U.S. ...

By Adam Burroughs

June 18, 2021

Pivoting during the pandemic saves the year for early-stage SaaS companies

Wendy Jarchow, chief investment officer at River SaaS talk about how early-stage companies fared during the pandemic, what she expects from that segment in 2021 and the factors that could influence their year....

By Adam Burroughs

June 18, 2021

To build your pipeline, write the checks

Marcus Whitney, founding partner, Jumpstart Health Investors on how technology helped him make some 80 investments in his first couple years at Jumpstart Foundry, and his newest fund, Jumpstart Nova....

By Adam Burroughs

June 11, 2021

Ryan Green continually adjusts his model to find success

Gridwise co-founder Ryan Green continues to evolve his business, using customer feedback and adjusting to the market to find success....

By Adam Burroughs

June 4, 2021

Dana Guthrie on the state of startups

Dana Guthrie, managing partner of Gateway Capital Partners, talks about how her firm got its start, how it addresses funding gaps in the market, and her sense of how the startup community is working through the challenges they’ve faced during the pandemic....

By Adam Burroughs

April 30, 2021

Carrie Thome on the state of her state’s VC community

Carrie Thome, managing director at NVNG Investment Advisors, talks about the state of the venture world in Wisconsin....

By Adam Burroughs

April 23, 2021

Eric Johnson on staying connected with Nashville’s business community

Nashville seems to have a healthy homegrown ecosystem, but Eric Johnson, Dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt, says there’s always room for improvement....

By Adam Burroughs

April 16, 2021

BlueTree Allied Angels’ Sreekar Gadde urges entrepreneurs to see IP differently

BlueTree Allied Angels’ Sreekar Gadde urges entrepreneurs to stop think about IP only in terms of protection, and instead create a holistic strategy to maximize long-term value....

By Adam Burroughs

March 18, 2021

Capital Midwest’s Dan Einhorn sees value in significant upfront investments

Dan Einhorn, Capital Midwest’s general partner, focuses his focus on the long-term interest of its portfolio companies early on. ...

By Adam Burroughs

March 5, 2021

Stuart Sorkin on why disruption is overrated

Former Affy Tapple CEO Stuart Sorkin talks investment approach and deal criteria, and why disruptors are overrated....

By Adam Burroughs

March 5, 2021

David Brophy says organize the venture world!

David Brophy, Professor of Finance, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, talks about the venture capital ecosystem and what its continued growth means for Michigan, the Detroit region, and the scale-up community that’s looking for growth capital....

By Adam Burroughs

February 12, 2021

Dan Roselli talks COVID vs VCs

Dan Roselli talks about the effect of COVID on early-stage investments fundamentals, the eagerness (or timidity) of capital, and the sectors with early-stage businesses that are attracting the most investor interest....

By Adam Burroughs

October 30, 2020

Brock Leonti on the importance of intellectual capital

Perscribe FIT's Brock Leonti on what it’s like to be a startup during a pandemic, and how funders factor in to the company’s success during turbulent times....

By Adam Burroughs

April 24, 2020

Jake Loosararian bets on himself — and Gecko Robotics

Jake Loosararian turned down an offer for Gecko Robotics in 2015 and stuck with the principles of why he started the company. He shares how that decision has paid off....

By Jayne Gest

February 6, 2020

CitySide Ventures’ David Weaver: When Your Plan Doesn’t Work, Be Ready To Pivot To Something New

Longtime dealmaker put more than three decades of diversified management experience to use to help early-stage companies connect with the resources they need to grow their businesses....

By Mark Scott

January 9, 2020

DHL Supply Chain gets proactive with the digital disruption

About three years ago, DHL Supply Chain changed how it considered digitalization, moving from defense to offense and working directly with startups. Sally Miller, CIO North America, shared how the company set up and runs this innovation funnel....

By Jayne Gest

December 19, 2019

Ovid’s Matt Geiger: Focus On Finding Ways To Get The Deal Done

Matt Geiger has experience as both an entrepreneur and an investor. When he’s an entrepreneur, he’s learned the value of letting the investor be the smartest one in the room....

By Mark Scott

December 17, 2019

Jessica Gibson on raising capital from inside a health-tech startup

Pittsburgh’s efforts to grow its regional health-tech and life science startup sector haven’t paid off as much or as quickly as city and business leaders would like. But Ariel Precision Medicine CEO and co-founder Jessica Gibson believes there’s still a path forward with more collaboration....

By Jayne Gest

December 12, 2019

Pre Brands’ Jason Pinter: Build An Investment Thesis That Works For You

Feedback is important as you’re building a business. But you’ve got to do what you think is best, says Pre Brands’ Jason Pinter....

By Mark Scott

December 9, 2019

Innovation Fund NEO Awards $275K To Five Startup Companies

Founded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation, Innovation Fund awards technology-based startups up to $100,000 so they can validate their technologies and business concepts....

By Mark Scott

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