Got A Great Tech Idea, Clevelanders? Become A Startup Entrepreneur

We’re in the Rust Belt, right, where industry dies? A hive of business leaders, financiers and go-getters are determined to prove that idea as wrong as the notion that Cleveland can’t win a major sports championship. If you have a business idea, now’s your chance to pitch it — or at least learn how to try. Cleveland nonprofit

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Meet Some Of Cleveland’s Innovators

Every city has its champions, its innovative leaders – those who, no matter their work, embody the spirit of their city and help drive progress and inclusivity forward. And Cleveland is full of them. From June 14-17, Forward Cities leaders will meet in Cleveland to explore how to drive inclusive innovation. Out of town participants

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ELITE Entrepreneur Sam Rajan Of CoverMyMeds

Sam Rajan was working as a pharmacist for a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) and frequently witnessed patients with major illnesses abandon their request for prescription therapy because they did not know how to complete prior authorization (PA). He spoke to patient support groups to understand the root cause. It was simple. They were frustrated because

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Startups Scoop Up Venture For America Fellows

BoxCast has already hired five fresh college graduates through the Venture for America program. And CEO Gordon Daily says he may very well hire another from this year’s graduating class. He loves the Venture for America program. Loves it. After all, the national fellowship program has provided his Cleveland-based startup company with a steady pipeline

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Salem Awarded Economic Development Services

Salem has been selected as one of three Missouri communities to receive the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ first-ever economic development grant, which could be worth over $100,000 to each community over a three-year period. Salem, along with Marshfield and Sarcoxie, is an inaugural participant in the Growth in the Rural Ozarks program, a three-year

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Top Workplaces 2016: Midsize Employer, CoverMyMeds

This healthcare company can only go upstream with its “you be you” philosophy and collaborative inclinations. Chase EuJene McCants went conservative when he started work at CoverMyMeds nearly five years ago. He took out his facial piercings. He buttoned up—and tucked in—his shirt, sleeves down to cover his tattoos. The work cover-up was something he

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JumpStart Inc.’s Focus Fund Makes The Case For Inclusion

Fast Company is encouraged by the progress of the $10 million Focus Fund for women and minority entrepreneurs, which is led by Cleveland-based JumpStart Inc. The Focus Fund made its first call for business plans in January, according to the story. It has been “inundated with hundreds of applications,” says Ray Leach, CEO of JumpStart. “There’s pretty

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JumpStart Announces $10 Million Fund For Women And Minority Tech Startups In Ohio

A Cleveland nonprofit has pledged half a million dollars to 20 different tech startups run by women or minorities through a public-private source called The Focus Fund. The partnership is led by Cleveland-based non-profit JumpStart alongside the Ohio Third Frontier, The Case Foundation and Cuyahoga County. Eligible tech businesses must be headed by women or

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This Fund Will Invest In Startups That Aren’t Run By White Men In Big Cities

“Talent may be evenly distributed, but opportunity is not.” Between 2011 and 2013, companies with a female CEO got only 3% of the total venture capital dollars available. That’s $1.5 billion out of the total $50.8 billion invested in that two year period—a tiny slice of the pie. This year’s Crunchies, the Oscars for the

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The Mentor: Cathy Belk, President, JumpStart

Diversity and inclusion have always been critical pieces of JumpStart’s mission. Cathy Belk, president of the Cleveland-based investment nonprofit, believes expanding those opportunities will help Northeast Ohio blossom into a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. Belk said JumpStart’s commitment to diversity starts internally. Women comprise 60% of the nonprofit’s staff and play a significant role

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OnShift Raises $18 million In Series D Financing To Accelerate Growth

OnShift, a post-acute care and senior living staff scheduling software company in Cleveland, is shifting into a higher gear after closing $18 million in Series D financing. Health Velocity Capital led the round, which also includes participation from OnShift’s existing institutional investors Draper Triangle Ventures, Early Stage Partners, Fifth Third Capital, HLM Venture Partners, North

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