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An Article About <remesh on Fresh Water Cleveland Following its acceptance to the Barclays Accelerator, half of the <remesh team has relocated to New York City to further develop their business. Fresh Water Cleveland covered the move in an article today. <remesh founder Andrew Konya originally came up with the idea for the app in 2012 while following news of the conflict between Israel and the West Bank. Konya thought that if people from each of the two sides were able to communicate with one voice, they might be able to come to an agreement. Of course, Konya and Slodov don’t expect to solve any Middle East crises with their startup, but they do hope their product will eventually help businesses easily and quickly conduct market research and gather feedback from groups…
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Brilliency: The Entrepreneurial Mindset

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As entrepreneurs continue to build businesses throughout their professional lives, they are bound to take lessons learned along the way and apply them to their next effort. Laura Steinbrink, president and CEO of Flashstarts 2015 Accelerator company Brilliency, has experienced both sides of the coin throughout her entrepreneurship career: startups and larger businesses, for-profit and nonprofit work, being her own boss as well as working for others. Even in different spaces, she has found a way to apply many of the same best practices across the board. "I found myself starting my own businesses because I am wired to see opportunity, to chart out solutions, and dive right into action. Those entrepreneurial qualities help get non-profits off the ground just as they do for-profit ventures," she said. "My personal mission is to…
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KnotProfit Allows Couples to Give Back on Their Big Day

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An Article about KnotProfit on TechOhio Flashstarts 2014 Accelerator portfolio company KnotProfit is not your average wedding registry service. The platform offers the best of both worlds: allowing couples to support their favorite charities through their big day without sacrificing any part of the experience. TechOhio ran a feature this week highlighting the company's effort to help couples make a difference. Husband-and-wife team Joshua Harris and Kritika Kripakaran target KnotProfit to the "socially responsible and eco-friendly couple," allowing portions of wedding expenses to go to charities of the couple's choice. As KnotProfit's first investor, Flashstarts provided the company with an initial investment of $25,000 as well as invaluable access to resources, mentors and interns. “The Flashstarts team really understood where we were coming from,” said Kritika. “We felt a great deal of support throughout…
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Science United: Managing Money

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Money matters. No matter what a startup's ultimate goal may be, managing finances is a crucial component in ensuring success. The first step toward accomplishing this goal may simply be realizing that "everything costs money," according to Deval Desai, Finance and Operations Director for Science United. Identifying and prioritizing business needs will help entrepreneurs develop a budget. "Specifically for Science United, targeted marketing is very expensive. Some of our ads that we want to do in high-impact science journals cost way more money than we’re expecting," Desai said. Similarly, it is important to know the strengths and weaknesses of each co-founder and plan accordingly for trial and error, which can also affect budgets. Desai said that the biggest challenge for Science United was product development, as none of the co-founders had…
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remesh Creates Text-Based, Real Time Market Feedback for Businesses

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An Article About <remesh on TechOhio Following their acceptance to the Barclays Accelerator, 2014 portfolio company <remesh was featured on TechOhio. <remesh is a chat app that allows a large group to speak with one voice. It helps companies facilitate market research by cutting back on time required to track collective wisdom. In the TechOhio article, founder Andrew Konya said that he had developed a prototype for <remesh and sought initial funding with the help of several Northeast Ohio organizations before applying to the Flashstarts 2014 accelerator. “I went into Flashstarts with no business knowledge. I really just wanted to learn how a business worked and how to build revenue,” said Konya. “They helped raise our next round of funding, showed us how to frame our business to investors and…
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Science United aims to build better pathways for job seekers and employers

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An Article About Science United on BioOhio After its launch earlier this month, 2015 accelerator team Science United was featured on BioOhio's MicrOHscope blog. Science United is BioOhio's newest member company and has already established a network in Northeast Ohio through its work with Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University. Co-founders Eric Lam and Amar Desai, who each have a Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology, started the company earlier this year after experiencing difficulty finding jobs that matched their specialized skill sets. “The traditional method of applying for specialized jobs did not enable us to properly demonstrate the required skills and abilities we possessed,” said Lam. “We realized that a focused job-posting network could make the process more efficient for both job-seekers and employers.” Read the full story on BioOhio.
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Flashstarts Reveals Class of 2015 Startups to Pitch at Demo Day

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With Demo Day just around the corner, the Flashstarts 2015 Accelerator teams have been hard at work making their businesses and products the best they can be. We're excited to announce this year's class of teams, all of which are set to present at the Cleveland House of Blues at our Demo Day on August 19th. Read the press release below to learn more about our 2015 startup teams. Flashstarts Reveals Class of 2015 Startups to Pitch at Demo Day Eleven software startups will present at Cleveland House of Blues on August 19 CLEVELAND, July 29, 2015 --- Flashstarts, a Cleveland-based startup accelerator and venture fund, announces the eleven startups participating in the Flashstarts 2015 Accelerator that will present at its Demo Day on August 19 at the Cleveland House of…
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Blackboard Now Lets Instructors Add Cloud Hosted Content Into Their Coursework

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An Article about Qwickly on CloudWedge Cloud-focused blog CloudWedge covered 2014 accelerator graduate Qwickly's new Blackboard integration feature. The update allows teachers to easily share files from cloud platforms such as Google Drive and Dropbox directly from Blackboard, eliminating the need to send students email attachments. The new integration, Qwickly Building Block, will make lesson planning easier for educators by cutting back on the time it takes them to share documents with an entire class group. One of the biggest draws for Qwickly is that the building block is available for free for Blackboard clients in the K-12 realm. Being able to produce content in the cloud and share it out with students automatically using Blackboard gives instructors the ability to more quickly post and update assignments from any location in…
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Is your classroom digital content storage a little cloud-y?

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An Article about Qwickly on the Blackboard Blog 2014 accelerator graduate Qwickly has partnered with educational technology platform Blackboard to incorporate their cloud-based software, the Qwickly Building Block, into a tool that teachers around the world use daily. Blackboard has licensed Qwickly for its entire K-12 market and announced the partnership at the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISET) conference. A post was published on the Blackboard Blog this week. What does this mean for the classroom? We know that teachers store their important class materials in a variety of places. With the Qwickly Building Block, it’s simple for teachers and learners to use their cloud content inside their Blackboard Learn courses. Read the full post on the Blackboard Blog here.
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National press for remesh following Barclays acceptance

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2014 portfolio company <remesh is getting national attention following its acceptance to the Barclays Accelerator powered by TechStars. <remesh was one of only 11 teams accepted to the accelerator's first-ever class in New York City. The 13-week program begins today and includes teams from the United States, Israel, Estonia, Denmark, and more. The New York Business Journal selected <remesh as one of three standout companies among the class: Cleveland, Ohio-based Remesh is a chat app on steroids, that also doubles as a voting engine by allowing groups of any size to quickly form consensus by voting on possible responses to questions and to respond as a group. Click here to read the full New York Business Journal article. <remesh also earned mentions in FINANCIAL and FierceFinancialIT. Visit the <remesh website…
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