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4 Ways First to File Changes the Patent System

Friday, October 04, 2013
Posted By John Dearborn

In March 2013, the implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) signaled major changes to U.S. patent laws. In essence, the system went from a "first to invent" scenario -- where the originator of an idea or product had first right to a patent -- to "first to file," where whoever applied first for a patent had claim to it.

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Have Beer, Will Innovate: Entrepreneurs Helping Each Other

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Posted By John Dearborn

On a warm Thursday night at the end of June, the Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood was buzzing with activity. Professionals of all ages milled around, beer in hand, while networking and catching up on work and life.

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Why a Liberal Education Creates Great Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Posted By John Dearborn

When then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPad 2 in March 2011, the device and its characteristics weren't the only things dominating the news cycle. In fact, one particular quote from Jobs' speech proved to be somewhat controversial. "It's in Apple's DNA that technology alone is not enough," he said.

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The 6 Habits of Highly Effective Mentors

Monday, March 04, 2013
Posted By John Dearborn

Thanks to movie characters such as Mr. Miyagi in Karate Kid or Robin Williams' engaging teacher in Dead Poets Society, the prevailing mentor archetype hews closely to the word's dictionary definition: "a wise and trusted counselor or teacher" or "an influential senior sponsor or supporter."

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Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31, 2012
Posted By John Dearborn

Count down to 2013 with this video celebrating some of the recent developments in Northeast Ohio's rapidly evolving startup scene.

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How The Midwest Is Becoming An Entrepreneurial Hotspot

Monday, December 10, 2012
Posted By John Dearborn

This fall, entrepreneurs and investors from all over the country gathered in downtown Cleveland for the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds (NASVF) annual conference.

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The Unexpected Value of Teaching Entrepreneurship

Friday, September 21, 2012
Posted By John Dearborn
When you think of entrepreneurial colleges, places like MIT, Stanford, Harvard and Cal Tech immediately come to mind. But according to Forbes, the school beating them all is Babson College, a small Massachusetts institution with a curriculum dedicated solely to encouraging entrepreneurship.
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How Crowdfunding Could Help Wireless Environment Market A Bright Idea

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Posted By John Dearborn

Wireless Environment’s energy-efficient, wireless LED lighting systems are one of Northeast Ohio’s brightest success stories. For instance, one of its two product lines, Mr. Beams—a series of motion-sensing lights you can use outdoors or inside the home— is consistently a top seller on Amazon.com, outranking some pretty big brands.

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Campus Shift: The Anatomy of a Pivot

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Posted By John Dearborn

For many young companies, especially in the IT space where you can get started with very little capital, there can be many “do or die” moments. Some make it past these challenges if they clearly see convincing evidence for the need to alter direction (to pivot, in startup speak).

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Darkside Scientific: Bask in the Glow of a Bright Idea

Thursday, August 02, 2012
Posted By John Dearborn

Northeast Ohio has long been a place where hard-working tech entrepreneurs can thrive and grow. While this can involve sequencing genomes or turning waste products into energy, the entrepreneurs at Darkside Scientific saw an opportunity to make their mark by introducing innovative applications that capitalize on the region’s manufacturing history and infrastructure.

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Tech Startups Creating Brain Gain in Northeast Ohio

Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Posted By John Dearborn

When JumpStart or one of our partners decide to provide support to entrepreneurs and their startups, we do so with the hope these companies will enhance this regional innovation economy—by attracting capital, generating revenue and, eventually, creating jobs. In Northeast Ohio, we’re starting to see measurable results.

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They Just Knew There Had To Be A Better Way

Monday, June 25, 2012
Posted By John Dearborn

Let’s reflect on the entrepreneurs living and working in Northeast Ohio. On this blog, we’ve highlighted the regional impact of these innovators, which is something national publications have also started noticing; witness Salon’s recent article, “Rust Belt Chic: Declining Midwest cities make a comeback.” What makes these entrepreneurs compelling? Passion.

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Visualize Disease Detection

Monday, June 11, 2012
Posted By John Dearborn

Entrepreneurs are audacious, determined people who can achieve great things. But sometimes their plans are bogged down by a shortage of funding or a lack of facilities that can truly be value-added. Such was the case with medical imaging company FMI Technologies and its CEO and President, William McCroskey. But because of the efforts of partners in the region, this fledgling biomedical company has been able to advance to great success.

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Surgical Theater: A Dress Rehearsal For Neurosurgeons

Monday, June 04, 2012
Posted By John Dearborn

Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial abundance starts with small seeds of opportunity. However, merely finding these seeds isn’t enough. A startup needs to know how and when to capitalize on these small but significant opportunities for dynamic growth. Entrepreneur Moty Avisar, president and co-founder of Surgical Theater, has done exactly that.

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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Offers Tools to Grow

Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Posted By John Dearborn

It's easier to be an entrepreneur in Northeast Ohio now than it was just five years ago. Our region continues to add an array of resources for entrepreneurs. And now, Cuyahoga Community College, in partnership with the Goldman Sachs Foundation, is offering Cleveland area small business owners the opportunity to apply for the upcoming class of 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) that begins in September.

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