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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Boondock Walker a Proud Sponsor of Flashstarts’ Demo Day

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A post reviewing our 2014 Demo Day by event sponsor Boondock Walker Boondock Walker, a Silver Sponsor for our 2014 Demo Day, reviewed the night's event. Thank you to the innovative brand and design firm for your support! “It’s a thrilling time to be in Cleveland, on many levels. Accelerators like Flashstarts are key contributors to the surge of entrepreneurs who are planting their flags here and calling Cleveland home,” says Mark Nead, Boondock Walker partner and co-founder. Read the blog post.
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#fsdday in Review

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Monday was our second annual Demo Day. The 12 startup teams who participated in our 2014 startup accelerator program presented their visions to an audience of over 200 attendees at Playhouse Square's Allen Theatre. We are so proud of their hard work, the solid solutions they've created in response to market problems, and the traction they've made in just three months.                     If you missed the event or want to re-live it, we will be uploading a video of our demo day and more photos from the day's festivities, to our Demo Day 2014 page. Be sure to check back. Some Words from Our Friends https://twitter.com/danmoulthrop/status/502054258523770880 https://twitter.com/BDMorganFdn/status/502189590758031360 https://twitter.com/TechPintNews/status/501513126341513216  (more…)
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Technology Blog: The most promising startups at Flashstarts Demo Day

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An article featuring Flashstarts Demo Day on Crain's Cleveland Business Crain's Cleveland covered our 2014 Demo Day with a blog post analyzing the what they determined to be the four most promising startups in our class (namely Vestor, Qwickly, Mango and remesh). "In my opinion, Vestor is one of the most promising startup companies to come out of a local business accelerator program.But the real estate crowdfunding company wasn’t the only interesting startup company that took the stage at the Allen Theatre on Monday night, Aug. 18, during the second annual FlashStarts Demo Day... I was more excited by the companies in this year’s class. And they generally seemed to have more traction with customers." Read the full article.
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With a boost from Flashstarts, 12 new companies join the Cleveland economy

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An article reviewing our 2014 Demo Day in the Plain Dealer We received coverage in The Plain Dealer's Business section for our second annual Demo Day. The article reviews feedback from our attendees and each of our twelve teams. "More than 300 people crowded into the elegant Allen Theater in Playhouse Square for the high-energy showcase, 57 accredited investors among them. The moneylenders included Robert Hatta, a partner at Drive Capital, who called the event a milestone in Cleveland entrepreneurship. "This was, in my opinion, the best demo day yet by any accelerator in Cleveland," said Hatta, who helps run a $250 million venture capital fund in Columbus. "They built a really, really diverse set of companies." Read the full article.
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Week 12: Our Demo Day is in 3 Days

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Not the Final Sprint This week at Flashstarts is very hard to sum up. It's been bitter sweet, as we've been saying good-bye to interns, but mainly it's been busy--a re-occurring theme for our whole startup accelerator program. Our Demo Day is in 3 days and the startups in the office here aren't slowing down the development of their companies. While it's a pretty sure thing that these startup teams won't make a significant amount of progress between today and Monday, it's promising to see that they aren't building their companies for Demo Day. The twelve startups in this "Penthouse at the Palace" are building companies that offer innovative solutions to tangible problems--each team is working hard for the solutions that they believe in. A demo day should never be the…
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FlashStarts Holds First Demo Day; Cleveland Accelerator Highlights Ten Young Companies

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A Review of Our Demo Day on Techli Online tech publication Techli published a great review of our Demo Day. The article provides another perspective on each of our 10 teams, and describes our model of helping each startup find its own path. FlashStarts Holds First Demo Day; Cleveland Accelerator Highlights Ten Young Companies “Each startup has to follow their own path, and the secret to success is figuring out what that path is," [said FlashStarts co-founder Charles Stack.] So far, this philosophy of individualized support has paid dividends for a few companies: Crowdentials has already received follow-on funding from FlashStarts, while AProofed recently launched its services at Kent State University. Having an impact even after the accelerator ends is ultimately what FlashStarts hopes to achieve. Read the article.
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10 FlashStarts entrepreneurs pitch their best ideas for boosting Cleveland’s wealth and creativity

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We received Front Page coverage in the Plain Dealer Business Section (again) for our Demo Day this past Monday September 23. The article focused on the Keynote from Venture for America's Andrew Yang and coverage for each of our 10 teams. 10 FlashStarts entrepreneurs pitch their best ideas for boosting Cleveland's wealth and creativity Andrew Yang, chief executive and co-founder of Venture for America, came to Cleveland to introduce FlashStarts' inaugural class of budding entrepreneurs, with ideas ranging from new ways for doctors to find new patients to a business that matches independent filmmakers with local restaurants looking to draw more customers on slow nights. Yang, one of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business," said too many college graduates go into finance, consulting and law instead of pursuing…
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Accelerator roundup: Jersey and Cleveland Demo Days

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A summary of our Demo Day on Upstart Business Journal. The accelerator roundup: 30-second pitches, branding doctors and more incubated startups "In Cleveland, where 10 companies just graduated from the first class at the FlashStarts Accelerator, we’re intrigued by Anigraphic, a startup that is bringing interactivity and animation to the novel. And here’s a potential solution for bloggers without editors out there: AProofed... The BranDR is cool too, a site for physicians to create a brand for themselves online. FlashStarts is targeted to health IT and enterprise technology startups, and was founded by Charles Stack, who sold the first online bookstore, Books.com, to Barnes & Noble in 1998." Accelerator roundup: Jersey and Cleveland Demo Days.
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