Meet Me Halfway

Accelerator, Interns
Why Cleveland? You’re going where? Why? That was every question asked, every question I left unanswered with a reserved “I don’t know.” It was an honest answer, because I actually didn’t. Most people didn’t mean any harm, and they were valid questions. However, considering that I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and go to school in Upstate New York, I admit it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Five weeks later into my internship, choosing Cleveland still might not make complete sense, but it doesn’t need to. I am enjoying my time here and don’t regret a thing. For a good part of this week I was back home, visiting friends at my university. All of those questions in the beginning came up again. How’s Cleveland? Is there…
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Meet the 2018 Accelerator Teams!

Meet the 2018 Accelerator Teams!

Accelerator, Interns, Investors, Portfolio
  We are thrilled to introduce the 2018 Flashstarts Accelerator Cohort. This cohort is a culmination of our efforts this past year, and we are excited to say that the results are fruitful. This week, we welcomed 7 teams to the Accelerator and 5 teams to the Labs program, along with an unprecedented 28 talented interns. Enthusiasm and energy permeated the first few days, and we anticipate a vibrant summer of rapid company growth. In the 2018 Accelerator cohort, our teams range from Vlipsy, a video clip search engine and social sharing platform, to OncoSolutions, a drug-screening technology that leverages 3D cancer cells. Geographically, the 2018 cohort hails from around the corner (Cleveland, Akron, Canton) and around the world (India & Ukraine), through our Global Entrepreneur-In-Residence program. No matter where they are from they share several…
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“My Flashstarts Internship” by Emma Steinman

“My Flashstarts Internship” by Emma Steinman

Accelerator, Home, Interns
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-DqTjXMU2U&=&t=14s[/embed] This summer, many of our talented interns got a chance to show off their creative sides. Intern Emma Steinman took to the drawing board and produced this amazing stop motion video about her time at Flashstarts--the work, the play, and everything in between. Enjoy! Emma Steinman is a Math and Computer Science major at Denison University. She currently works as a Software Development Intern at Flashstarts. Her talents also include knowing all of the words to "We Didn't Start the Fire."
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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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