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Case Western Reserve University will be home to ‘Cleveland Blockchain and Digital Futures Hub’

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Cleveland.com | Full Article Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder announced Tuesday the formation of a new “Cleveland Blockchain and Digital Futures Hub." The think tank will not only address blockchain technology, but also build on research in other areas, such as the Internet of Things and augmented and virtual reality. The hub will bring together business, academic institutions, government and tech accelerators across the region to develop research and build applications. Read More
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U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson announces legislation to regulate initial coin offerings

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Cleveland.com | Full Article U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio announced Monday a plan to regulate cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings through the federal government. An initial coin offering is when a company begins to sell a cryptocurrency in the form of tokens. There are a limited amount of these tokens, which is what gives them value. Investors can pay for these tokens with money or existing cryptocurrency. Because these tokens sell quickly and run out, it gives the company a wave of money that it can use to build a product. Read More
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Case Western Reserve to Launch Blockchain Think Tank

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Education Drive | Full Article The think tank was announced at a conference in Cleveland this week dedicated to exploring and expanding the use of blockchain in the city. However, "What the conference didn't do was lay out a step-by-step route to Cleveland’s success as a hub for blockchain," wrote Cleveland.com reporter Emily Bamforth. Nonetheless, the region's higher education institutions — which include a mix of public and private two- and four-year colleges — are expected to play a critical role, with many already exploring blockchain. Baldwin Wallace University, for example, plans to offer professional development certificates in the technology next year, and local colleges are exploring adding blockchain to technology degrees. Read More
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Federal Bill to Take Aim at Regulating Cryptocurrencies, ICOs

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Government Technology | Full Article U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio announced Monday a plan to regulate cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings through the federal government. An initial coin offering is when a company begins to sell a cryptocurrency in the form of tokens. There are a limited amount of these tokens, which is what gives them value. Investors can pay for these tokens with money or existing cryptocurrency. Because these tokens sell quickly and run out, it gives the company a wave of money that it can use to build a product. Read More
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Blockland Solutions conference is over: What’s next for blockchain in Cleveland?

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Cleveland.com | Full Article Blockland Cleveland delivered what its organizers promised: a sold-out crowd, hundreds of developers learning new skills and highly-lauded technology CEOs explaining why blockchain matters and why Cleveland might have a shot at leading the way. What the conference didn’t do was lay out a step-by-step route to Cleveland’s success as a hub for blockchain, a technology still in the research-and-development stage at major companies like IBM and Accenture. Cleveland’s Blockland initiative aims to work on different fronts simultaneously, pushing blockchain forward in areas like policy creation, education and philanthropy. Read More
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Blockland Solutions Conference Lays the Groundwork for Cleveland’s Tech Future

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WKSU | Full Article The four day Blockland Solutions Conference in Cleveland brought tech leaders from around the U.S. to meet with local entrepreneurs and investors to look for new ways to use blockchain technology in the local economy. As Blockland backers plan next steps, there are challenges they'll face in creating a regional tech hub. WKSU's Jeff St.Clair on the Blockland Solutions Conference Charles Stack is CEO of Flashstarts, a tech-acclerator that’s putting $6 million in seed money into two dozen blockchain-based startups over the next year. Stack is convinced that blockchain, the digital technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, is the wave of the future. Read More
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Cleveland accelerator debuts one of midwest’s first pre-seed blockchain-only funds

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Techli | Full Article Cleveland startup accelerator Flashstarts rolled out a $6 million blockchain fund on Monday that could be one of the first such funds in the region. According to details of the pre-seed fund’s deal, which was announced at Monday’s Cleveland’s Blockland Solutions Conference per Crain’s Cleveland Business, requires a minimum investment of $25,000 for individuals and $100,000 for organizations. “The combination of investment and access to beta customers will attract the best new blockchain companies to our portfolio,” said Flashstarts CEO Charles Stack in a statement. “Blockland is creating an extremely inviting ecosystem for new blockchain companies. Our new fund will be able to leverage those efforts to the benefit of our investors and our entire region.” Read More
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Six Ohio VC Firms Will Invest $100M in Blockchain Startups

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Crypto Globe | Full Article Announced yesterday, six Cleveland technology funds will be investing $100 million in blockchain startups. These accelerators aim to entice early-stage blockchain companies to come to Ohio to develop blockchain solutions for business, government, and more applications. Leading the way are JumpStart and FlashStarts, both venture capital accelerators based in Ohio. Informally announced on Cleveland.com, this $100 million investment also comes with $200 million in possible tax cuts for companies that partake in Ohio’s “Opportunity Zones” tax exemptions. There will also be $6 million available for blockchain companies by another local venture fund, FlashStarts. Read More
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Six Ohio VC Companies to Invest $100 Million in Blockchain firms

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The Crypto | Full Article According to a local news outlet report, Six Cleveland technology firms will make funds available to blockchain startups. These technology firms intend to attract early-stage blockchain firms to come to Ohio to build blockchain-based solutions for government, business, and many more applications. Ray Leach, the CEO of the JumpStart at the recent Blockland solutions conference in Cleveland, Ohio announced that JumpStart along with five other firms will be investing $100 Million in the blockchain Startups. The announcement was a part of the opening event at the conference. The four-day event is sold out and the organizers aim to position Ohio as a trendsetter in the blockchain world. The session started on Saturday with pre-conference training opportunities for all the developers. Read More
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