A Tribute to David T. Morgenthaler

Anyone who has ever taken on a challenge, including starting or growing a company, knows that a great mentor is one of the most important assets one can have. On June 17th, one of my most important mentors, David Morgenthaler, passed away. David didn’t just succeed at venture capital—he helped to...

Five Questions With Triogen Founder Tasheika Johnson

Tasheika Johnson understands the negative consequences that inconsistent prescription drug use can have on patients and those around them. Recognizing an opportunity to solve this problem, she created a software designed to keep physicians updated on their chronic disease/mental health patient’s medication adherence, allowing for improved healthcare. Tasheika is also...

JumpStart Employee Spotlight: Gloria Ware

JumpStart Principal, Inclusion Gloria Ware spends her time leading the development and implementation of JumpStart’s inclusive entrepreneurship strategy. She brings a wealth of finance and business development expertise to the organization, along with a true passion for community engagement. Recently, we sat down with Gloria to ask her five questions...

7 things I wish I had known before starting my business

When I started my first business, things were much different. We were still in the Stone Age — no internet, and people were still rewinding VCR tapes. Still, there are a few common elements to this “entrepreneur thing” that might resonate with a business owner just getting started today. Here...

Startup Scaleup 2016 In Pictures And Video

The entrepreneurial energy was flowing throughout the Gordon Square Arts District on June 28, as more than 1,300 individuals gathered to attend workshops and panel discussions, pitch their businesses and connect with mentors during Startup Scaleup. At 15 different venues, the event offered over 40 sessions geared towards a wide variety...

5 Tips For A Successful Investor Meeting

So, you’ve secured a meeting with a potential investor; now what? The pitch can be intimidating, but preparing a thoughtful approach beforehand will put you in a position to leave a great first impression and lay the right groundwork for a successful relationship going forward. Here are five tips to...

Sidewalk To Stage Winner Spotlight: Xyla Foxlin and Parihug

Although virtual communication can lessen the strain of distance, it doesn’t replace the physical connection we miss when our loved ones are away. Taking inspiration from her own long distance relationship, Xyla Foxlin has spent the last year engineering a way to physically communicate using technology. The Case Western Reserve...

Sidewalk To Stage Winner Spotlight: Ben Colas and KinderKits

A staggering 25 of 26 kindergarten students were considered unprepared for kindergarten when they entered Ben Colas’s class on the first day of school last year. Colas, a teacher for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, took it upon himself to solve this problem. He developed KinderKits—an educational toolkit that provides...