Join local founders as they share startup lessons they’ve learned the hard way. From creating, validating and selling a product, to assembling a team and raising multiple rounds of capital, get personal advice on what it really takes to build a tech company in Ohio from people who’ve already been there.

Featured Speakers:
Sam Gerace, Chief Operating Officer, Convey
A five-time tech entrepreneur, Sam was the founding CEO of Veritix®, a sport and live-entertainment SaaS platform company; Be Free®, a digital marketing platform; PCXIS®, Inc. a public utility marketing software company and PCX Consulting, Inc., a systems development firm serving heavy industry. Currently, Sam is leading his fifth company, Convey, a connection platform that replaces business cards and static contacts with live, dynamic connections so you can build stronger, more valuable professional and personal relationships.

 

Brian DeaganBrian Deagan, Co-Founder, CompanionLabs
Brian is a serial entrepreneur with multiple exits in marketing technology and analytics space. He’s worked closely with leading domestic and international brands and agencies to deliver digital marketing performance across retail, consumer products, financial services, hospitality, and automotive industries. Brian is a co-founder of two JumpStart portfolio companies, the most recent being CompanionLabs, and the first, being Knotice, which was acquired in 2014.

 

Gerald HetrickGerald Hetrick, CEO, EmployStream
Gerald Hetrick is the CEO of the Cleveland based HR technology startup, EmployStream. Gerald is a well-known business and technology leader in Northeast Ohio having spent the 10 years prior to EmployStream at Vox Mobile where, after co-founding the business, served as CTO and COO for many years. A graduate of Cleveland Public Schools, Gerald is passionate about the local startup community and all things sports (even the Browns) in Cleveland.

 

Moderator:
Audrey WallaceAudrey Wallace, Co-founder, Komae
Audrey Wallace is the co-founder of Komae, an Akron tech startup that combines service sharing with child care, empowering parents to exchange unlimited free babysitting with trusted friends. Komae was born out of a need of her own life to find affordable, trustworthy, convenient, and guilt-free care for her family. After locking arms with co-founder, Amy Husted, Komae was established in April 2015 and is currently live in the app store.

 

 

Startup Stories is a JumpStart event series that examines what it takes to be a tech entrepreneur from an insiders perspective. Meet and mingle with some of the best and brightest NEO entrepreneurs, while exploring topics such as fundraising, teambuilding, investor relations, customer discovery and more.

September
28
Sep 28, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Marketing Plan 101

Presented by: Braintree Business Development Center
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September
28
Sep 28, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST

Stepping Up In The Glass City: September Small Business Pitch Competition

Presented by: JumpStart
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September
29
Sep 29, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST

Caffeinated Ideas

Presented by: Braintree Business Development Center
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October
06
Oct 6, 2022 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Youngstown Business Incubator: Shark Tank

Presented by: Youngstown Business Incubator
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October
11
Oct 11, 2022 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST

1st & Tech: Startup Networking Mixer

Presented by: JumpStart
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October
13
Oct 13, 2022 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

Ask the Legal Expert: Laws about Trade Secrets

Presented by: Braintree
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October
19
Oct 19, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Marketing “Must-Do’s”

Presented by: Braintree Business Development Center
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October
26
Oct 26, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST

Stepping Up In The Glass City: Small Business Pitch Finale

Presented by: JumpStart
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October
27
Oct 27 - 28, 2022 EST

FutureLAND

Presented by: FutureLAND
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October
27
Oct 27, 2022 8:00 am - 1:00 pm EST

Promise Partners Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Symposium

Presented by: Promise Partners
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November
10
Nov 10, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

Website 101

Presented by: Braintree Business Development Center
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November
10
Nov 10, 2022 9:00 am - 10:00 am EST

Innovation Fund Info Session

Presented by: Innovation Fund
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