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Our client and portfolio companies are making regional and national headlines. Read their stories below. Media inquiries on any of the companies can be directed to Scott Thompson at  scott.thompson@jumpstartinc.org or 216.363.3400 and he can put you in touch with the entrepreneur.

Crain's Cleveland Business

Catacel Corp. purchased by London-based Johnson Matthey plc

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Catacel Corp. of Ravenna, a maker of catalytic reformer and heat exchanging technology, has been bought by a large specialty chemicals company from London. Read More ...

PR Web

NuGrowth Solutions Implements Cureo – a Cutting Edge Collaboration Tool

Saturday, August 30, 2014

NuGrowth Solutions, a digital marketing and sales as a service firm, is excited to further strengthen collaboration with its clients by partnering with Cureo, an Ohio based technology firm. Cureo is a cutting edge collaboration tool designed to help organizations streamline internal and external communications. Read More ...

PR Web

Your Teen Magazine for Parents Announces New College Survival Guide

Friday, August 29, 2014

Today’s students, thanks to the Internet, are aware of college and university choices that were simply not known about or were unavailable 30 years ago. More international students are making their way to America for higher education thanks to the Internet as well, which can make acceptance for American citizens tougher. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

OnShift gains McKesson Corp. affiliate as referral partner

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

OnShift has made a very powerful friend. An affiliate of McKesson Corp. — a health care products company that ranks as the 15th largest business in the United States, according to Fortune magazine — has agreed to serve as a referral partner for the Cleveland-based health care software company. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

Breakthrough anti-rust coating could net startup Tesla Nanocoatings $55 million

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The U.S. military believes that a Northeast Ohio company has discovered a cheap way to keep rust at bay. And so does a huge South Korean conglomerate called SK Holdings, which plans to invest $55 million in Tesla NanoCoatings over several years. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

BoxCaster next-generation broadcast box from BoxCast of Cleveland

Sunday, August 24, 2014

BoxCast is thinking big with the new version of its BoxCaster broadcast box, which it says “allows anyone with a camera to stream live HD-quality video to anyone, anywhere.” Read More ...


LumiLor Electroluminescent Coating System Tapping Into the Darkside of Light

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Darkside Scientific company that specializes in electroluminescent (EL) coating technologies has developed a sprayable LumiLor Electroluminescent Coating System that offers revolutionary functional capabilities and requires no special tools or equipment to apply. Read More ...

Coatings World

Abakan Introduces Disruptive Materials for Billion Dollar Metal Processing Equipment Market

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Abakan Inc., an emerging leader in the advanced coatings and metal formulations markets, has completed initial field-testing, on full-sized production equipment, of its proprietary nanocomposite liquid metal corrosion-resistant coating, PComP M, with a leading steel producer. Read More ...

MedCity News

New-wave insulin maker Thermalin Diabetes raises $5.9M

Monday, July 28, 2014

Thermalin Diabetesinsulin is picking up steam – and funding – as it develops a more concentrated and faster-acting version of insulin. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

Juventas Therapeutics hires two longtime pharmaceutical industry executives

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Juventas Therapeutics has added two longtime pharmaceutical industry executives as it prepares to enter a pivotal phase. Read More ...

MedCity News

Personalized medicine: GenomOncology on the “silliness” of reimbursers

Friday, July 18, 2014

Personalized medicine is here. But it’s up to insurance carriers to catch up with technology that’s hurtling forward faster and faster, or so says Manuel Glynias, CEO of Cleveland-based GenomOncology. Read More ...

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Betchyu mobile app enlists your friends to bet for -- and against -- you nailing your fitness goals

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's July. How are you doing on those New Year's resolutions? A free mobile app launching today called Betchyu promises to help you reach those long-sought-after fitness and wellness goals -- by using your friends to bet you can't do it. Read More ...

PR Web

Your Teen for Parents Magazine Connects with First Lady Michelle Obama on Children’s Health, Diet and Fitness Issues in Latest Issue

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Your Teen for Parents Magazine announces a special interview with First Lady Michelle Obama in the new, July-August 2014 issue of the digital and print magazine dedicated to helping parents raise healthy children and teenagers. Read More ...

Market Wired

OnShift Introduces Scheduling Task List in New Release

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

OnShift, the leader in web-based staff scheduling and labor management software for long-term care and senior living, today introduced its newest release featuring a configurable dashboard with an intuitive scheduling task list. This actionable "to-do" list prioritizes the most critical scheduling tasks for fast resolution, so schedulers can more easily meet organizational staffing goals and quickly move on to other daily responsibilities. Read More ...

Business Energy

Wireless Environment Debuts NetBright™ Technology at LightFair 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wireless Environment, an innovator of LED lighting technology that optimizes performance in off-grid lighting applications, is debuting its newest patented technology, NetBrightÔ, at LightFair 2014. NetBright uses radio frequency transceivers to allow lights to create a private wireless communication network and operate in coordination with other lights in a system Read More ...

Business Journal Daily

1,029 jobs promised in tax deals led by Alliance Data, CoverMyMeds and Jeni’s

Monday, July 14, 2014

Columbus City Council will consider approval next Monday night of tax incentives for eight businesses promising 1,029 jobs, led by Alliance Data Retail’s plans for 700 jobs at Easton. Read More ...


Tech Talk: Daniel Mansoor's GiveNext is at the Forefront of the Philanthropic Revolution

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

From a contributor perspective, philanthropic giving could be a whole lot easier. Depending on the cause, donation can quickly become a complicated enterprise, requiring research and by extension time. Because the success of solicitation for many organizations relies so heavily on the convenience of donation, even the slightest obstacles can become significant deterrents. Read More ...

Insurance News Net

Segmint Named a Preferred Vendor of MAGNET Global Network

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Segmint, Inc., the company that securely activates enterprise data to intuitively deliver personalized engagements attributed across channels, announced today that the company has been named a preferred vendor of the MAGNET Global Network. As part of the collaboration, Segmint will provide MAGNET's 40 member agencies the opportunity to leverage their client's own customer data and create one-on-one marketing campaigns driven by detailed analytics. Read More ...

Business Journal Daily

KSU Researcher Forms Firm to Market Flexible Electronics

Thursday, July 03, 2014

A new company formed by a Kent State University researcher and inventor will market a technological innovation -- flexible, electrically conductive transparent films. Read More ...

PR Web

Your Teen Magazine Releases Crazy Sports Parents Feature to Put Focus on Competition Over Brawls

Monday, June 30, 2014

How some parents deal with teens and sports is the focus of a continuing series from Your Teen magazine, which recently released, “Crazy Sports Parents Not Allowed!” Read More ...

PR Web

BOLD Guidance Entrepreneur Nichelle McCall Finalist in Chevron PowerMoves Power Pitch Competition during 2014 ESSENCE Festival

Monday, June 23, 2014

Nichelle McCall, CEO and Founder of BOLD Guidance software will compete for a chance to win $25,000 and access to a network of potential investors at this year’s ESSENCE Festival. In addition, the finalist whose business model best captivates the audience takes home a $5,000 cash prize. Read More ...


Tech Talk: A Conversation with Crowdentials CEO Rich Rodman

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS) Act, signed into law in 2012, was intended to alleviate some of the financial pressure points facing entrepreneurs and investors, most notably a restriction on fundraising limiting the ability of startups to pubicly request capital. But with the legislation came new requirements for compliance: to avoid running afoul of Title II alone, the part of the law which makes general solicitation legal, all companies are required to ensure their investors meet the definition of “accredited” as outlined by the JOBS Act. That kind of verification can become prohibitively expensive for cash-strapped startups, giving larger corporations an unfair advantage. Read More ...

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Al "Bubba" Baker and daughter, Brittani, de-bone the competition

Friday, June 13, 2014

Al Baker is massive.As a defensive end, the Browns listed him as 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds.Twenty-four years later, he's a few ribs heavier, but Baker still looks like a brick wall with wheels, ready to flatten some NFL quarterbacks. Instead, "Bubba" Baker and his daughter, Brittani, are smoking the competition in the world of barbeque. Read More ...

Cleveland Jewish News

Innovative entrepreneurs win awards

Thursday, June 12, 2014

EveryKey, a Bluetooth wristband that is a universal key for immediate access to personal devices, won first place in the Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year competition May 28 at Beachwood High School. Read More ...


Tech Talk: A Chat With Big River CEO Ron Cass

Thursday, June 12, 2014

We’ve heard it a thousand times: Cleveland is a rustbelt city in transition. There are many paths to reinvention, but one that holds particular promise is technology. With business accelerators like JumpStart, Bizdom, FlashStarts and LaunchHouse, new companies are blooming in Northeast Ohio and the startup scene is beginning to draw nationwide attention. And the numbers are impressive: according to JumpStart, 245 tech companies generated an impact of $424 million in the last year. Read More ...

Green Lodging

Wireless Environment Debuts SwitchSense Technology

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Wireless Environment, an innovator of LED lighting technology that optimizes performance in off-grid lighting applications, has created a retrofit, backup power source for individual lamps that does not require special wiring. Wireless Environment debuted its new, patented SwitchSense backup power technology at LightFair 2014. Read More ...

Akron Beacon Journal

Business news briefs — June 4

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Paragon Robotics of Hartville was among five Northeast Ohio technology-based startup companies awarded funds totaling $275,000 on Tuesday from the Innovation Fund. Read More ...

Electrical News

Wireless Environment Debuts SwitchSense™ Technology at LightFair 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Wireless Environment, an innovator of LED lighting technology that optimizes performance in off-grid lighting applications, has created the first retrofit, back-up power source for individual lamps that does not require special wiring. Wireless Environment will debut its new, patented SwitchSense™ backup power technology at LightFair 2014 in booth #8201. Read More ...

PR Web

Your Teen Magazine for Parents Addresses Negative and Dramatic Teenage Attitudes by Offering the Hope of Self-Esteem for Teens

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Next to the “terrible twos,” the tempestuous teenage years rank highest in terms of stress value placed upon families. And unlike the infamous infant season of discontent, parents often find they have much less control over the situation and much less input over their adolescents during those trying teenage years – especially when their teenager decides to be dramatic, moody, sarcastic or snide – a mood or phase today being described as “snarky.” Read More ...

Market Watch

Abakan Technology Receives Further Validation From NASA

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Abakan Inc., an emerging leader in the advanced coatings and metal formulations markets, today announced that its majority owned subsidiary, MesoCoat Inc., had two separate technology proposals selected for funding by NASA. Read More ...

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Local biotech's heart failure treatment shows promise; Juventas to launch Phase 3 study next year

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A potential new treatment for heart failure developed by Cleveland Clinic spinoff Juventas Therapeutics has shown new promise in a Phase 2 trial, according to data recently released by the company. Read More ...


Abakan Addresses Crucial Need for Next-Gen Surface Engineering in Critical Infrastructure

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Abakan, Inc. has positioned itself to quickly become a top player in the growing $150B global market for advanced metal coatings and formulations by putting together an impressive portfolio of next-gen tech firms like MesoCoat, Inc., which is focused on advanced wear and corrosion solutions primarily for the oil and gas and energy industries; Powdermet, Inc., which manufactures high-strength light-weight metal composites and advanced nanopowder manufacturing; and Terves, Inc., which manufactures metal tools and components that dissolve, disintegrate, swell, change shape, store and release energy to make oil and gas production safer and more efficient. Read More ...

Entrepreneur Magazine

How A Biomed Tech Company Raised $35.7 Million Before Going to Market

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A free online course "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies" taught by Professor Michael Goldberg of Case Western Reserve University launched through Coursera in April, using Cleveland as a funding case study. Come back to Entrepreneur.com as we feature additional interviews with experts and instructors connected to the six-week course. For more in the series, check out Think Like Cleveland. Read More ...

Business Wire

Neuros Medical Announces Issuance of New U.S. Patent

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Neuros Medical, Inc., a medical device company announced today the issuance of a new U.S. Patent for their High Frequency Electrical Nerve Block technology. Read More ...

PR Newswire

SPR Therapeutics Receives Red Herring Top 100 Award

Thursday, May 22, 2014

SPR Therapeutics, a Cleveland-based medical device company, has been recognized as a Red Herring Top 100 award winner. The Red Herring Top 100 North America award goes to 100 outstanding entrepreneurs and promising companies from among the approximately 3,000 tech startups financed each year in North America. Read More ...

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Why I started my tech company in Cleveland: Gordon Daily

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Like other high-tech entrepreneurs and would-be Mark Zuckerbergs, we were tempted by the siren call of Silicon Valley, but chose Cleveland  -- to launch BoxCast, our live HD video-streaming company. Read More ...

Cleveland Plain Dealer

SPR Therapeutics' post-stroke shoulder pain relief device gets NIH funding

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SPR Therapeutics, a Highland Hills-based medical device company, is one step closer to bringing relief to people who suffer from chronic shoulder pain following a stroke. Read More ...

Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Investment in Groupmatics Sparks Product Enhancements and New Business Development

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Zapis Capital Group, a Cleveland-based venture capital company, recently invested in Groupmatics, an internet-based, group-ticketing platform founded by local entrepreneur Matt Mastrangelo. Read More ...

Market Watch

Juventas Therapeutics Data Demonstrates Significant Structural, Clinically Meaningful Benefit in Patients with Advanced Heart Failure

Monday, May 19, 2014

Juventas Therapeutics, Inc., a private clinical-stage company developing a drug-based approach to regenerative medicine, today presented top-line interim data from a Phase II study evaluating safety and efficacy of JVS-100 in patients with symptomatic ischemic cardiomyopathy at the European Society of Cardiology- Heart Failure Congress in Athens, Greece. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

MesoCoat is leading big battle against wear and tear on Canadian pipelines

Sunday, May 18, 2014

MesoCoat is moving into “Ice Road Truckers” territory. The Euclid-based startup has spent the past few years developing a faster, cheaper way to protect steel pipes from corrosion. Read More ...


Inaugural minority entrepreneurship event announces the first finalists of its contest for women business owners

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The newest in the city's constellation of entrepreneurship celebrations, the PowerMoves.NOLA showcase for minority entrepreneurs that will take place for the first time in conjunction with Essence Fest in July, has named the finalists for one of its business pitch competitions, an event sponsored by Chevron and focused on women business founders. The founders will vie for a $25,000 prize from a panel of judges and a $5,000 audience favorite vote on July 5 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Read More ...

Entrepreneur Magazine

How This Pet Startup Raised $4.5 Million in Funding

Monday, May 05, 2014

A free online course "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies" launched through Coursera this month, using Cleveland as a funding case study. Come back to Entrepreneur.com as we feature additional interviews with experts and instructors connected to the six-week course. For more in the series, check out Think Like Cleveland. Read More ...

PR Web

Casentric Announces Barry Milstead as Vice President, Implementation & Client Experience

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Casentric, LLC, a Cleveland, Ohio-headquartered software company that offers a next-generation, cloud-based software application for faster and more accurate personal injury and property claims evaluation and resolution, announced today that industry technology veteran, Barry Milstead, has joined its executive team as Vice President, Implementation & Client Experience. Read More ...

PR Web

Your Teen Magazine for Parents Announces Addition of Psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour as Regular Contributor on Teen Behavior and Development Issues

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Your Teen Magazine for Parents is delighted to announce our new partnership with Dr. Lisa Damour. Dr. Damour is the director of the Center for Research on Girls at Laurel School, a psychologist in private practice, and a regular contributor the New York Times Motherlode blog. Read More ...

Insurance News Net

Helen Woodward Animal Center Partners with Embrace to Save Lives

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Helen Woodward Animal Center, one of America's top non-profit animal welfare organizations, is teaming up with Embrace Pet Insurance, one of America's top pet health insurance providers, to help save animals. Read More ...

Market Wired

OnShift Recognized by Northeast Ohio Software Association as Tech Company of the Year

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

OnShift, the leader in web-based staff scheduling and labor management software for long-term care and senior living, today announced that it has been recognized as the Tech Company of the Year by the Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA), the Council of Smaller Enterprises' (COSE) Technology Network. Read More ...

Entrepreneur Magazine

This Software Company Can Boost Your Retention Rate

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Most healthcare facilities do their staff scheduling on paper. OnShift, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup that automates the scheduling process for nursing homes and other healthcare facilities, is trying to change that. Read More ...

Smart Business

Dennis Seeds: Being a business owner needn't be as lonely as some say it is …

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Laura Bennett told herself shortly after co-founding Embrace Pet Insurance that if she could share her knowledge with other women and people who were looking to start a business, she would. Read More ...

Insurance News Net

Darkside Scientific's spray-on paint lights up interest

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Andy Zsinko is thinking he may have what it takes to disrupt the lighting industry. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

Akron software firm Knotice acquired by IgnitionOne of New York

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The 70 people who work for Knotice are now part of another marketing technology company, one that should help the Akron-based software provider make the most of a big opportunity. Read More ...


ANSHealth Teams Up With CoverMyMeds to Automate Prior Authorization Process

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Today AdvanceNet Health Solutions, Inc. (ANSHealth) announced a partnership with CoverMyMeds (CMM) to provide an automated prior authorization (PA) solution through its open source, enterprise pharmacy management software, ePostRx. Automating the PA process for pharmacists reduces administrative burden and improves turnaround time for determinations, helping patients get their medications as fast as possible. Read More ...

Business Journal Daily

Catacel, Here to Stay, Heats Up Advanced Energy

Monday, March 17, 2014

Fourteen years ago, Bill Whittenberger watched as his employer in Hiram packed up and moved to Alabama. Whittenberger and several of his co-workers, all from the area, weren’t sure what they’d do next. Read More ...

IT News Online

Intelligent Mobile Support Customer Presents Axon at ACCA Conference Noted HVACR Contractor Cites Profitability Impact of Mobile Solution

Monday, March 17, 2014

Within weeks of its launch, Intelligent Mobile Support's mobile solution, Axon, is receiving praise from users. One of the nation's most respected distributors, Gustave A. Larson Company recently adopted the new technology, citing Axon's positive influence on new-customer recruitment and building loyalty with established contractors such as Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning.

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AZ Nano

MesoCoat's CermaClad™ Receives NACE MP Innovation of the Year Award

Monday, March 17, 2014

Abakan Inc. announces that its 72% owned subsidiary, MesoCoat, Inc. has received the highly prestigious National Association of Corrosion Engineers Materials Performance Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award in the Coatings and Linings category. Read More ...