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Flashstarts is a Cleveland-based business startup accelerator, consultancy and venture fund focused on unique and innovative uses of software and technology.

Flashstarts’ rigorous 12-week summer accelerator program is powered by rapid cycles of feedback and iteration, customized guidance from dedicated coaches, an extensive network of top-tier, experienced mentors, and an award-winning internship program.

Startups will benefit from Flashstarts’ executive team of Charles StackJennifer Neundorfer, and Shannon Lyons. They provide coaching based from their deep expertise in Enterprise and Healthcare IT, Gigabit Fiber applications, SaaS, Enterprise Software, mobile and digital publishing and media, as well as their experience successfully launching and exiting numerous companies.

Flashstarts co-founders Charles Stack and Jennifer Neundorfer tell their stories in 145 seconds:

Flashstarts provides each company with an initial investment of $25,000 and offers a chance of up to $500,000 in follow-on funding. The accelerator is continuously seeking like-minded entrepreneurs, technologists, mentors and investors. For more information, visit www.flashstarts.com or follow @Flashstarts on Twitter.

The (Short) History of Flashstarts

Flashstarts was founded Monday, October 15, 2012. Since then, we have run four successful summer accelerator programs. In 2016 we shook things up for our accelerator by adding Flashstarts Labs. The Labs allow us to mentor more teams and ensure that we have the best, most promising teams going into our tested accelerator.  We completed our fourth session with a successful Demo Day on November 30, 2016 and are ramping up to a busy new season full of talented teams with norm-shattering ideas. Interested in joining our Labs program? Apply here.  

Our progress from the moment of conception to today has been documented in our blog. All our steps and missteps are there for everyone to see – and learn from. Meet our portfolio companies to-date. Meet our team.

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