Flashstarts Announces Cleveland200 Fund

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Flashstarts Announces Cleveland200 Fund: Gateway to $100 million in Seed Stage Funding Flashstarts, Inc., a startup accelerator, is pleased to announce the launch of The Cleveland200, a $5 million micro-venture fund focused on high-growth startups. The Cleveland region has recently witnessed the launch a new group of seed stage funds totaling over $100 million. The focus of the Flashstarts accelerator program and the Cleveland200 fund is to equip startups for follow-on investment from this $100 million regional investment pool over the next 3 years.This $100 million in newly available funding is the result of the Ohio Third Frontier Program’s recent commitment to seven Cleveland-area funds focused on seed-stage investment.  This is the largest regional seed-stage investment pool in the world. The funds are to be deployed between 2017 and 2019.  With…
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StartMart Meets $10K Funding Goal on Kickstarter

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Great news for StartMart! The entrepreneurial hub is announcing it successfully reached its initial goal of $10,000 on Kickstarter. Additionally, the City of Cleveland is awarding StartMart with a $40,000 grant that requires matching funds. To fulfill this match, StartMart is boosting its Kickstarter goal to $40,000. More details are in the press release below. StartMart Meets $10K Funding Goal on Kickstarter Cleveland Entrepreneurial Hub Increases Goal to $40K to Match Grant from the City Cleveland, Sept. 15, 2015 – StartMart, an entrepreneurial hub in Cleveland, announced today a $40,000 grant from the City of Cleveland that requires matching funds. As a result, StartMart, which successfully met its initial goal of raising $10,000 on Kickstarter on Friday, is setting a ‘stretch’ goal of $40,000 on Kickstarter to raise the match.…
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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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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 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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Flashstarts Names Terminal Tower Future Home of StartMart

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This past Saturday, we moved our offices to the second floor of the Terminal Tower in Tower City. We're upgrading from about 4,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet to use for our startup accelerator. Not only are we in a larger office space, right in the heart of downtown Cleveland, but we moved in as the first tenant of StartMart. The entrepreneurship hub for startups and resources that our founders Charles Stack and Jennifer Neundorfer have been forming for almost a year is no longer just a concept. Read the news in the press release below.     Flashstarts Names Terminal Tower Future Home of StartMart Cleveland Startup Accelerator to Relocate to Launch Entrepreneurship Hub CLEVELAND, May 13, 2015 – Flashstarts, a Cleveland-based startup accelerator and venture fund, today named the Terminal Tower as…
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Flashstarts and StartMart Acquire Shannon Lyons from LaunchHouse

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We are proud to announce the appointment of Shannon Lyons as Flashstarts' Executive Vice President. In addition to managing team recruitment and due diligence for our coming 2015 Accelerator Program, Shannon will pioneer the formation of a $15 million StartMart Fund. With this Fund, StartMart will be able to invest in our region's startups both financially and through provision of resources, connections, and office space. See the press release below for more details. Flashstarts and StartMart Acquire Shannon Lyons from LaunchHouse As Executive Vice President, Lyons Will Initiate New $15M StartMart Fund CLEVELAND, April 21, 2015 – Flashstarts, a startup accelerator and venture fund in Cleveland, today announced the appointment of Shannon Lyons as its new Executive Vice President. Lyons was most recently chief business development officer and partner at LaunchHouse.…
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