This Startup Will Help You Become a More Informed and Better Citizen

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An article about <remesh on AlleyWatch Our 2014 portfolio company <remesh, which is currently in New York City participating in the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars, was featured on AlleyWatch. The NYC publication interviewed co-founder and CEO Andrew Konya about the inspiration to start <remesh and why they applied to Barclays. Konya also shared a bit about their product, which has pivoted from a chat app to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) for large organizations. "We knew our tech solved the fundamental problem of quickly understanding what a group of people was thinking, and had identified over a hundred monetizable use cases, but had not decided which to focus on.  Many of these use cases were in fintech and others were in large organizations.  So, we saw Barclays + Techstars as the…
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Women dominate Nichelle McCall’s former nonprofit life, but she’s a stand out in tech: Reinvention

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An article featuring Nichelle McCall on Cleveland.com Nichelle McCall, founder and CEO of Flashstarts' portfolio company BOLD Guidance, spoke with Cleveland.com about her experience reinventing her career and company. McCall described how she turned a period of unemployment into time spent building a successful consulting business and how she went from a consultant to the founder of a technology startup. "I realized that in order to help more people, I needed to leverage technology. I also started looking into how I could create a product, because I realized that investors want to invest in a tangible product and as a consultant, that's something that I didn't have," she said. McCall also introduces her newest startup. While developing BOLD Guidance, an app that guides students, parents and counselors along the college admissions…
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StartMart Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Raise $10K

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Last Wednesday, at our third annual Demo Day, our CEO Charles Stack announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the furnishing of StartMart. The Cleveland entrepreneurial hub wants to raise $10,000 to buy chairs, tables and whiteboards and to provide membership scholarships to entrepreneurs. More details are in the press release below. StartMart Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Raise $10k Entrepreneurial Hub Hopes to Outfit Its Space and Provide Membership Scholarships CLEVELAND, Aug. 19, 2015 – StartMart, an entrepreneurial hub in Cleveland designed to connect people, ideas and resources, launched a Kickstarter campaign with an initial funding goal of $10,000. The campaign, which was announced at Flashstarts Demo Day 2015, began today and will run until Sept. 25, 2015. Funding from the campaign will finance scholarships for members and supplies…
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We Can Code IT Launches StartMart Location for Adult Coding Bootcamps

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Our 2015 startup team We Can Code IT, which was featured in Crain's Cleveland Business this past weekend, announced a formal partnership with Cleveland entrepreneurial hub StartMart. We Can Code IT, which provides IT education and job placement to women and minorities, will be launching a second location for its adult coding bootcamps in StartMart. The partnership will match graduates of the coding bootcamp with StartMart startups in need of development talent. More details of the partnership are in the press release below. We Can Code IT Launches StartMart Location for Adult Coding Bootcamps StartMart and We Can Code IT Partner to Connect Program Graduates with StartMart Members CLEVELAND, Aug. 18, 2015 – We Can Code IT announced today the opening of a second location for its adult coding bootcamps at StartMart, an entrepreneurship…
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Bootcamp hopes to diversify tech industry

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We Can Code IT aims to train female and minority coders An Article in Crain's Cleveland Business Our 2015 Accelerator startup We Can Code IT works to train women, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans in the engineering and technology space through its education services. The startup, which was founded in 2013, provides education, mentoring, and job placement to those who you don't often expect to see coding and programming software. Crain's Cleveland Business featured We Can Code IT in its weekly magazine. “It's not a standard coding bootcamp. We're doing something a little different,” said McGee, who has been a web developer for about 20 years... [Charles Stack's] startup business accelerator, FlashStarts, recently invested $25,000 in We Can Code IT. As a result, the company will hold its fall bootcamp right next to…
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StartMart is set up to be one-stop shopping for entrepreneurs: Tech Czar Talk

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An article in The Plain Dealer Exciting plans are in the works for StartMart, the brainchild of our CEO Charles Stack and the entrepreneurial hub that we call home. StartMart, which connects people, ideas and resources to be a force for economic growth in Cleveland, will soon be up and running. Cleveland's "Tech Czar" Michael DeAloia wrote about this announcement and more in his column for The Plain Dealer, which also includes photos of the space. "The opening of StartMart — a one-stop-shop for the entrepreneurially inclined — is a big bet on the importance of startups in Cleveland. And one that has never been made to this magnitude before -- until now. StartMart, housed in a 35,000 square foot space within Terminal Tower downtown, bills itself as a "dynamic entrepreneurial…
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Flashstarts offers discount for Content Inc. Summit

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In the earliest stage of launching a startup, it is vital that entrepreneurs are experts at reaching their desired audiences. The idea is to strategically build an audience through content, and then sell to their prospects. Flashstarts is a proud sponsor of an upcoming event that will give entrepreneurs tools they need to effectively leverage content marketing for their startups. The Content Inc. Summit On Friday, September 11th, 2015, the Content Inc. Summit will convene in Cleveland following the annual Content Marketing World 2015, the largest content marketing event in the world. When: Sept. 11th, 2015 from 9:00am - 3:00pm Where: Cleveland Convention Center The Content Inc. Summit seeks to singularly serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners through a day of collaboration and idea sharing. Renowned thought leaders and strategists in the industry, such as Joe Pulizzi,…
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Blackboard Brings the New Learning Experience to K-12 with Qwickly

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We're excited to share that Qwickly, from our 2014 Accelerator program, has formed an official partnership with Blackboard Inc. Blackboard will be licensing Qwickly for their K-12 market. Read more about the news in the press release below. Blackboard Brings the New Learning Experience to K-12 by Unlocking Cloud Content for K-12 Customers Qwickly Building Block Lets Teachers and Students Seamlessly Integrate Third-Party Cloud Content into Courses WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. announced that teachers and learners in K-12 schools will now be able to easily integrate content from third-party cloud repositories like DropBox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, into their Blackboard courses using a new building block developed in partnership with the Cleveland-based educational technology company, Qwickly. Today's announcement marks Blackboard's latest step in providing its customers with…
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Cleveland startup remesh to join first New York Barclays Accelerator class

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Our 2014 portfolio company <remesh has proven for some time that it has a great deal of potential for a number of business applications. We're excited now to share that the Cleveland startup will be putting one of those applications to test in the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars. Learn more in the press release below. Cleveland startup <remesh to join first New York Barclays Accelerator class CLEVELAND, July 15, 2015 -- <remesh, a Cleveland-based startup that utilizes collective intelligence to streamline group conversation, today announced they are joining the inaugural class of NYC based Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars. <remesh will join ten other startups from around the world for a 13-week program designed for startups in the financial technology space. The accelerator provides participating startups with a variety of resources…
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Startup Accelerator Flashstarts Partners with NASA Glenn Research Center

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The joining of two or more different minds often leads to innovation. We're excited to announce we are adding the innovation of NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland to our startup accelerator program through a formal partnership. The partnership brings a variety of opportunities for collaboration -- including assistance to our current startup accelerator teams from Glenn experts and access to and identification of technologies. More details are in the press release below. Startup Accelerator Flashstarts Partners with NASA Glenn Research Center CLEVELAND, Thursday, June 4, 2015 – Flashstarts, a startup accelerator and venture fund in Cleveland, and NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland announced the formation of a partnership today that will support the growing Northern Ohio economy. Glenn’s support in this partnership will include providing startup companies participating in the Flashstarts…
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