Travis Holoway Came To KC To Crush Payday Lenders — With Just An App

Lesa Mitchell stood in the teller line at her bank as a young man and his grandmother explained his plight. His payday loan to cover a bus pass had ballooned out of control. He needed $200 to get out of a financial mess. “I literally wrote him a check,” Mitchell said, and extracted a promise

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Initiative Aims To Boost Minority- And Women-Owned Businesses

A new initiative is intended to help launch and grow women- and minority-owned businesses in the Capital Region and other upstate cities. JumpStart, an organization that works with small business owners and entrepreneurs, received $24 million from the KeyBank Foundation to help support women and minority business owners in upstate New York and Ohio. Through

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Midwest Investors Double Down On Fintech Startup

Cleveland Startup Mezu Raises $10M Series A Round with Funding from Draper Triangle Ventures, JumpStart, Draper Associates, the Ohio Innovation Fund and North Coast Angel Fund Midwest investors are all in on Cleveland fintech startup Mezu (www.mezu.com). The company officially launched its mobile payment app this summer after raising a $10M Series A round and quickly drawing attention from

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Crain’s Women Of Note 2018: Cathy Belk

Cathy Belk grew up on a steady diet of biographies about successful women — books her mom, a teacher, made her read in elementary school. She remembers reading one called “Girls Can Do Anything.” She thought it was an odd title, given all the other books she’d read. “I was like, ‘Of course girls can

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Five Things We Learned From Lisnr CEO Rodney Williams’ CNBC Interview

Rodney Williams, co-founder and CEO of Cincinnati startup Lisnr, sat down with CNBC’s “Make It” to talk about everything from leaving Procter & Gamble to going six figures into debt to launch his company. Williams co-founded Lisnr in 2012 while still working at P&G. Lisnr creates inaudible smart tones that can transmit data between any

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University Hospitals Joins Plug And Play Cleveland Innovation Platform As Founding Anchor Partner

University Hospitals will become the newest member of Plug and Play Cleveland, joining Cleveland Clinic and JumpStart Inc. as a Founding Anchor Partner of the innovation platform. Plug and Play Cleveland is a Global Innovation Platform and investor connecting startups, corporations and investors from around the world.  Plug and Play partners with organizations such as

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Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein Becomes The First Brazilian Company To Join Plug And Play Cleveland’s Innovation Platform

Sociedade Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein announced that their organization will be the newest member to join the Plug and Play Cleveland Innovation Platform. As the first Brazilian hospital network to join the Cleveland ecosystem, Einstein will collaborate alongside the Cleveland Clinic, JumpStart Inc. and Plug and Play Cleveland to evaluate cutting-edge healthcare technologies. Einstein’s

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Smart Business Deal of the Week, Mezu: New Venture, Old Friends

Who: Mezu What: CEO Yuval Brisker raises $10 million to launch a new mobile payment app with an emphasis on anonymity Why it matters: After selling TOA Technologies to Oracle in one of Ohio’s biggest VC-backed tech success stories, Brisker is looking to do it again — this time in fintech Yuval Brisker is back.

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Progressive Joins Plug And Play Cleveland’s Innovation Platform

Plug and Play Cleveland has landed a big new player. The business accelerator in a news release on Wednesday, June 27, announced that Progressive Insurance has joined what the organization calls its Innovation Platform. It said Progressive “will participate as a dual partner” in both Cleveland and the Insurtech program at Plug and Play headquarters

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Plug And Play Stops In Cleveland

Plug and Play started with about one-thousand candidates and then narrowed down that list to 50. They shared that list with the Cleveland Clinic and JumpStart and then arrived at 13 companies. On Thursday at FWD Nightclub, those 13 global startups pitched their companies to inject the startup culture here in northeast Ohio. Over the

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Introducing The #Fresh10: Meet Cleveland’s Newest Crop Of Rising Entrepreneurs

It’s Young Professionals Week here in Cleveland, and what better time than to highlight rising stars who are helping to put Cleveland on the map? Introducing FreshWater’s first-ever #Fresh10, a group of talented professionals under 34 years old all making their mark on The Land—and beyond. Gordon Daily, CEO and Co-Founder of BoxCast BoxCast founder

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