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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 Samantha Fryberger, JumpStart's Director of Communications at sam.fryberger@jumpstartinc.org or 216.363.3400 and she can put you in touch with the entrepreneur.

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 ...

Market Wired

OnShift Honors Recipients of Third Annual Scheduler of the Year Awards

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

OnShift, the leader in web-based staff scheduling and labor management software for long-term care and senior living, today announced winners of the third annual OnShift Scheduler of the Year Awards. OnShift customers from across the country submitted nominations to recognize members of their team who are responsible for employee scheduling within their communities. This year's winners were selected from hundreds of nominations, representing independent and multi-facility organizations in assisted living, skilled nursing and continuing care retirement communities. Read More ...

ASM International

Ohio Third Frontier loans MesoCoat $1.5 million to scale up nanocomposite powder production

Sunday, March 09, 2014

MesoCoat Inc., Euclid, Ohio, has been awarded a $1.5 million loan from the Ohio Department of Development's Ohio Third Frontier Commission to assist MesoCoat to increase the scale-up of PComP powder production from 18 tons to 160 tons per year. Read More ...

MedCity News

iRx Reminder gets $250K to make an app, device & web portal a trifecta for better care compliance

Friday, March 07, 2014

A health IT startup developing a three-piece system to keep patients engaged and on track with their medication regimens says a Washington D.C.-based angel group has committed $250,000 in seed funding to it.
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Wireless Emergency Lights Can Brighten Up Your Next Power Outage

Friday, March 07, 2014

Public places are equipped with emergency backup lights so that in the event of a power outage people can find their way to safety. So why shouldn't your home have that too? The ReadyBright system from Mr. Beams lets you easily install emergency backup lights all around home—which is probably a minefield of toys if you've got kids—that automatically power up when the power disappears. Read More ...

Akron Beacon Journal

Nano-engineered absorbent developed by Wooster company being tested for personal-care use

Thursday, March 06, 2014

A Wayne County water remediation company is taking its super-absorbent, sponge-like swelling glass into new arenas: personal-care, pet-care and home-care applications. Read More ...

Digital Journal

Checkpoint Surgical Lands MedAssets' Agreement

Monday, March 03, 2014

Checkpoint Surgical has been awarded a contract for neural monitoring and nerve stimulation devices by the world's largest medical group purchasing organization MedAssets.  The three year agreement between the two firms covers all Checkpoint devices and is effective April 1st, 2014.  Checkpoint Surgical produces the Checkpoint Stimulator/Locator, which is a state-of-the-art, handheld, intra-operative nerve and muscle stimulator that helps surgeons locate, identify and evaluate motor nerve function in surgical procedures.
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Market Wired

7signal Awarded Patent for Wi-Fi Performance Sensor

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

7signal, the leader in Wi-Fi performance management solutions, announced at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition, the issuing of patent 8,654,660 by the USPTO, which describes and protects a system and method for end-to-end Wi-Fi service assurance and quality monitoring. Read More ...

Market Wired

7signal Optimizes Wi-Fi With Just One-Click in New Release 5

Monday, February 24, 2014

7signal, the leader in Wi-Fi performance management solutions, announced at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition, the release of Sapphire™ Release 5 software, which empowers network managers in hospitals to analyze and optimize mission-critical Wi-Fi networks with a single click of the mouse. Read More ...


CoverMyMeds Launches API So EHRs Can Easily Support Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA)

Monday, February 24, 2014

CoverMyMeds, the industry leader in electronic prior authorization (ePA), launched its new API today, enabling Electronic Health Records (EHRs), stand-alone e-prescribing, and Practice Management Systems to offer a NCPDP standards-compliant electronic prior authorization (ePA) solution to their customers. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

Investors take note of startup SpearFysh

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Twinsburg-based startup that has raised nearly $2.5 million from angel investors, including some well-known Northeast Ohio business leaders, is positioning itself to grow the software it has created for sales forces. Read More ...

Nashville Post

VICC and GenomOncology to partner, develop cancer research tool

Friday, February 14, 2014

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center announced Thursday it has partnered with GenomOncology for the commercial development of a decision support tool based on My Cancer Genome, VICC's online oncology resource. Read More ...


Lens autofluorescence test effective in detecting diabetes, prediabetes, study shows

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Freedom Meditech announced the results of a lens autofluorescence study on Wednesday. Read More ...

IT Business Net

GenomOncology Collaborates With Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Informatics Solution for Next-Generation Sequencing

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

GenomOncology today announced a collaboration with Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) to develop an informatics solution that enables the association of Next Generation Sequencing results with knowledge resources to define actionable mutations. Read More ...

Wall Street Journal

Humana Teams Up with CoverMyMeds to Improve Prior Authorization Process for Members

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and CoverMyMeds, a leading health care innovation company, have recently teamed up to implement an electronic prior authorization model that allows providers to streamline prescription authorization requests, giving patients expedited access to the medications they need. Read More ...

Bio-IT World

GenomOncology Collaborates With Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center for the Commercial Development of My Cancer Genome Tools

Monday, February 10, 2014

GenomOncology and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) today announced a partnership for the exclusive commercial development of a decision support tool based on My Cancer Genome, an online precision cancer medicine knowledge resource for physicians, patients, caregivers and researchers. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

GenomOncology receives investment from TriStar Technology Ventures

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

GenomOncology, a Westlake company that has developed software platforms to automate the analysis of sequenced genetic information, said it has received an investment from TriStar Technology Ventures, a health care innovation venture firm based in Nashville, Tenn. Read More ...

ABC News 27

Juventas Therapeutics initiates Phase II RETRO-HF clinical trial enrollment for patients with heart failure

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Juventas Therapeutics, a privately-held, clinical-stage company developing novel regenerative therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, announced today that it has initiated enrollment of the Phase II RETRO-HF clinical trial to evaluate safety and efficacy of JVS-100 delivered via retrograde infusion to patients with symptomatic heart failure. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

OnShift secures another $7 million from investors

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

After raising $7 million from investors, OnShift can be even more aggressive in its effort to replace the archaic systems that many nursing homes and other elder care providers still use to manage employee schedules. Read More ...


University of Pittsburgh Selects GenomOncology to Support Research Efforts

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

GenomOncology today announced that the University of Pittsburgh has selected GenomOncology's GenomAnalyticsTM platform and services to explore and mine the breadth of data that exists in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Read More ...

Sacramento Bee

Intelligent Mobile Support introduces Axon at AHR Show

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

With the endorsement of some of the nation's most respected distributors already backing its industry-leading technology, Axon is making its HVACR debut at the AHR Show in New York, January 21-23. Read More ...

Digital Journal

Intellirod Spine Receives $1.6 Million Ohio Third Frontier Award

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Intellirod Spine, the spinal implant company developing implantable wireless sensor technology to aid in the assessment of spine fusion, secured debt financing of $1.6 million from the Ohio Third Frontier's Commercial Acceleration Loan Fund (CALF). This award allows the company to accelerate its plan to commercialize the Intellirod™ Sensor and related lumbar fusion implants. Read More ...


Embrace Pet Insurance forms new partnerships in banner year

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pet owners are beginning to realize the value of quality pet insurance, resulting in rapid growth for Embrace Pet Insurance. With that growth comes new hires, a change in investors and a partnership with a celebrity veterinarian. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

Software firm Segmint raises another $2.5 million from investors

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Investors have poured another $2.5 million into Segmint, an Akron company that makes software designed to help marketers target individuals. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

Software firm Segmint raises another $2.5 million from investors

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Investors have poured another $2.5 million into Segmint, an Akron company that makes software designed to help marketers target individuals. Read More ...

Sacramento Bee

Freedom Meditech, Inc. Announces Class I European Compliance and Canadian License for the ClearPath DS-120™ Lens Biomicroscope

Friday, January 10, 2014

Freedom Meditech, Inc. today announced that it has completed registration activities required to apply the CE Mark under the European Union (EU) Medical Device Directives (MDD) and has received a Canadian Device Establishment License in Canada for the ClearPath DS-120.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/10/6061376/freedom-meditech-inc-announces.html#storylink=cpy
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Sacramento Bee

America's Veterinarian Teams Up with Embrace Pet Insurance to Reduce Economic Euthanasia

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Dr. Marty Becker, America's Veterinarian, is on a mission to help protect pets and raise awareness of pet health insurance. Read More ...

Digital Journal

SPR’S Smartpatch® Percutaneous PNS System Receives Australian Regulatory Approval

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Smartpatch percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) system has received regulatory approval for the treatment of chronic shoulder pain in Australia. Regulatory approval was granted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Australian Government agency responsible for regulating medical devices. NDI Medical manufactures the Smartpatch system for its portfolio company, SPR Therapeutics, who will manage commercialization.
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Digital Journal

Prime Therapeutics electronic prior authorization program provides efficiencies for health care professionals and their patients

Friday, December 20, 2013

Prime Therapeutics (Prime), a leading pharmacy benefit manager, has contracted with CoverMyMeds.com, a health care technology leader, to launch an electronic prior authorization solution that has the ability to process prior authorization approval, often before the patient leaves the office. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

NE Ohio tech sector snags $9 million from Ohio Third Frontier Commission

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Northeast Ohio’s tech sector will get $9 million of the $12.8 million that the Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded last week. Read More ...

PR Web

FierceHealthIT, FierceHealthcare, and FierceMobileHealthcare Announce First Annual Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition Winners

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FierceMarkets announced today its first annual Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition Winners. The Fierce Innovation Awards is a CIO-reviewed awards program from the publishers of FierceHealthIT, FierceHealthcare, and FierceMobileHealthcare. Read More ...


Great Lakes Computer, Grand Rapids, Michigan IT Solutions Provider named Alliance partner by 7signal to resell 7signal's revolutionary Wi-Fi / WLAN Performance Assurance and Optimization Solutions

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

7signal Solutions, the industry leader in Wireless Performance Optimization for mission critical Wireless LAN applications, announced today that Great Lakes Computer has joined their Alliance Partner program and will resell 7signal solutions in the Midwest area. Read More ...


Casentric Announces Peter Herlan as Vice President of Sales

Monday, December 16, 2013

Casentric LLC, a company focused on offering online solutions for the insurance industry, announced today that industry technology veteran, Peter Herlan, has joined its executive team as Vice President of Sales. Read More ...

Lorain Morning Journal

Synapse Biomedical, LCCC get Ohio Third Frontier money

Friday, December 13, 2013

State money to boost business start-ups and entrepreneurship will help projects of two Lorain County entities, according to the Ohio Third Frontier Commission. Read More ...


Listen To Al "Bubba" Baker Talk About His Deal From ABC's "Shark Tank"

Monday, December 09, 2013

Former Browns DL Al “Bubba” Baker joined 1100 WTAM's Wills and Snyder to talk about his Deal from ABC’s SHARK TANK. Read More ...

PR Newswire

Juventas Therapeutics initiates first clinical trial for retrograde infusion of a gene therapy to patients with heart failure

Monday, December 09, 2013

Juventas Therapeutics, a privately-held, clinical-stage company developing novel regenerative therapies for treatment of cardiovascular disease, announced today that the company has initiated enrollment of RETRO-HF, a Phase I/II clinical trial that will assess the safety and efficacy of JVS-100 administered by retrograde infusion to patients with symptomatic heart failure. Read More ...

Mind-Blowing Numbers Aren't The Only Thing 'Shark Tank' Investors Care About

Monday, December 09, 2013

How did a former NFL player-turned-entrepreneur with disappointing sales get an investment from the Sharks in the latest episode of ABC's reality pitch show "Shark Tank?"

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UPDATE: Avon's Al "Bubba" Baker Will Appear on ABC's Shark Tank This Friday

Monday, December 09, 2013

Al "Bubba" Baker won the support of two backers on ABC's "Shark Tank" Friday night. Baker made a deal with shark Daymond John, founder of the FUBU clothing line. Read More ...

Cleveland Plain Dealer

NASA sharing its technical wizardry with Cleveland manufacturers

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Anxious to get a new $8 million pipe coating plant up and running, engineers at MesoCoat have been working feverishly to boost the power from a space-age lamp essential to its production process. Read More ...

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Al 'Bubba' Baker gets some love on 'Shark Tank,' and backing from FUBU founder

Friday, December 06, 2013

Al 'Bubba' Baker's dream of taking his patented De-Boned Baby Back Rib Steaks to the next level -- to national distribution -- gained traction Friday night, when two of the wealthy investors on ABC-TV's reality show "Shark Tank" vied to back him. Read More ...

Cleveland Plain Dealer

If 'Shark Tank' rewards Al 'Bubba' Baker with a backer, it'll be a win as sweet as his barbecue sauce

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Al Baker is a man who's used to long shots. When he appears on ABC-TV's prime time program "Shark Tank" at 9 p.m. Friday (on Cleveland's WEWS-TV-5), the former Cleveland Browns player knows that his shot at a chance to get financial backing from one of the nation's wealthiest investors could be the longest shot of all. Read More ...

Bubba's-Q in Avon to be on ABC's Shark Tank

Friday, November 29, 2013

One of Avon’s own family-owned restaurants is preparing to make its television debut. Read More ...

7Signal Raises $4.1 Million To Make Wi-Fi Work

Friday, November 22, 2013

It is fair to say that Wi-Fi has changed the world. In fact we have become so spoiled by it that people are now getting stressed out if they do not have Wi-Fi on airplanes. Read More ...

PR Web

AMVONET’s Latest Guide: "Online Collaboration & Delivery" Released Today

Friday, November 22, 2013

AMVONET today released "Online Collaboration & Delivery" a free resource discussing the advantages of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) for companies, health care organizations, K-12 school systems, colleges and universities Read More ...

Market Watch

Harris & Harris Group Notes ABSMaterials' Series B Financing

Friday, November 22, 2013

Harris & Harris Group, Inc. TINY -0.33% , an investor in transformative companies enabled by disruptive science, notes the announcement by ABSMaterials, Inc., of its Series B financing. RKS Ventures, a strategic investment group based in Nashua, NH, led the Series B financing round, raising over $4 million. RKS is joined by existing investors, including Harris & Harris Group and a number of individuals. The funding will be used for manufacturing improvements and expansion into new markets, including Asia. Read More ...


Quick, Consistent & Non-invasive Therapeutic Hypothermia during Cardiac Arrest

Monday, November 18, 2013

It has been three years since the publication of the 2010 American Heart Association’s recommendation on therapeutic hypothermia, and studies continue to show that “therapeutic hypothermia should be initiated as soon as possible in patients facing possible ischemic injury as time moderates hypothermia’s effectiveness as a neuroprotectant.” Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

CardioInsight Technologies raises $15 million in long-term financing deal

Monday, November 11, 2013

CardioInsight Technologies has raised an initial $15 million as part of a long-term financing deal designed to help the heart monitoring technology company finish clinical studies in Europe and get approval to sell its product in the United States. Read More ...


Advanced Approach to Data Management Attracts Top Analytics Talent to Knotice

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Knotice, a provider of data management software and services, announces the appointment of Chuck Baddley as vice president of strategy and analysis. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

Cleveland Clinic, AnalizaDx LLC form business focused on cancer detection

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The Cleveland Clinic and a local biomedical company have formed a new business that aims to create better ways to figure out whether someone has cancer. Read More ...

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Universities embracing entrepreneurship and innovation, report says

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Universities, once reluctant to venture beyond the status quo of classroom education, have embraced and encouraged entrepreneurship and innovation among its faculty and students, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read More ...

Fuel Cell Today

Catacel and DJW Technology Partner on CPOx Hydrogen Generator

Friday, November 01, 2013

When a global fuel cell company sought to develop a catalytic partial oxidation (CPOx) system that will generate hydrogen-rich syngas at almost any altitude, temperature or humidity condition found on Earth, it turned to Catacel for its compact catalytic reactor technology. Read More ...


Founders: Ryan O'Donnell

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Meet Ryan O'Donnell, founder of Sociagram, a cloud-based video communication platform with four employees that increases customer acquisition and loyalty for online retailers through video gift messages. Read More ...

Digital Journal

AMVONET’s Latest Infographic Released Today, “What is an Online Collaboration & Delivery Platform and Why You Need One?”

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Alliance-based AMVONET announces the release of a unique new infographic which illustrates the importance of online collaboration and delivery for today’s classrooms. Read More ...