Pitch NEON Event Highlights & Press

Pitch NEON Event Highlights & Press

Demo Day, News
2018 has been a big year for Northeast Ohio. Recent dialogue has called for changes in both leadership and economic development strategy, and these changes have been at the forefront of conversations in the startup community. For our part, this summer, Flashstarts hosted 10 early stage startups and 28 enthusiastic interns for our rigorous summer accelerator. Thousands of hours, hundreds of projects, and dozens of pizzas later, we couldn't be more proud of the progress these companies have made. To expand our traditional demo day beyond our usual audience and spark the fresh, dynamic conversations Northeast Ohio is searching for, we hosted Pitch NEON - a demo day... with a twist. Pitch NEON, hosted on September 10, 2018 at the House of Blues Cleveland, a gathering of innovators from around…
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Regional Innovation Showcase on September 10, 2018

Regional Innovation Showcase on September 10, 2018

Accelerator, Demo Day, News, Portfolio, Press Release
Regional Innovation Showcase on September 10, 2018 Flashstarts presents Pitch NEON, an innovation showcase where innovators in five categories: Technology, Academic, Corporate, Arts, and Civic, deliver high impact, TEDx-style presentations at House of Blues Cleveland.   [embed]http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se8FUQjgQwU[/embed]   CLEVELAND, OH. August 31 – Northeast Ohio is bustling with people and startups that push the boundaries of innovation. Pitch NEON provides a stage for innovators and represents the culmination of the Flashstarts Accelerator. Twenty individuals from around our region will share presentations that challenge convention, elevate expectations, and spark fresh ideas. The goal of the event is to raise the visibility of these dynamic trailblazers driving change and growth in our community.[pullquote]This has been a big year. Regional leaders are talking about the broader impact of innovation on our culture, communities…
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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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Taking Cleveland’s Entrepreneurship to a Higher Level

Events, Home, News, Portfolio
A Feature on StartMart in Fresh Water Cleveland Fresh Water Cleveland wrote a great article summarizing the vision and progress of our home, StartMart. The entrepreneurial hub offers flexible leases and resources to startups to help them scale, as well as a coworking space designed to inspire new startup ideas. As the article explains, StartMart has its first four official startup members: <remesh, We Can Code IT, Qwickly, and Handelabra Games. (StartMart has room to house about 25 more startups... So apply while you can!) The startup founders talked about why they chose to operate out of StartMart. Jeremy Handel, founder of Handelabra games, which makes digital board games across multiple platforms, also finds the location ideal.  “Downtown Cleveland is really on the upswing right now and we want to be surrounded by that,” he says.…
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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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We Can Code IT Launches StartMart Location for Adult Coding Bootcamps

Home, Portfolio, Press Release
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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Brilliency: The Entrepreneurial Mindset

About, Accelerator, Home, Portfolio, Resources
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

About, Accelerator, Home, Mentions, News, Portfolio
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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