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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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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Is your classroom digital content storage a little cloud-y?

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An Article about Qwickly on the Blackboard Blog 2014 accelerator graduate Qwickly has partnered with educational technology platform Blackboard to incorporate their cloud-based software, the Qwickly Building Block, into a tool that teachers around the world use daily. Blackboard has licensed Qwickly for its entire K-12 market and announced the partnership at the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISET) conference. A post was published on the Blackboard Blog this week. What does this mean for the classroom? We know that teachers store their important class materials in a variety of places. With the Qwickly Building Block, it’s simple for teachers and learners to use their cloud content inside their Blackboard Learn courses. Read the full post on the Blackboard Blog here.
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National press for remesh following Barclays acceptance

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2014 portfolio company <remesh is getting national attention following its acceptance to the Barclays Accelerator powered by TechStars. <remesh was one of only 11 teams accepted to the accelerator's first-ever class in New York City. The 13-week program begins today and includes teams from the United States, Israel, Estonia, Denmark, and more. The New York Business Journal selected <remesh as one of three standout companies among the class: Cleveland, Ohio-based Remesh is a chat app on steroids, that also doubles as a voting engine by allowing groups of any size to quickly form consensus by voting on possible responses to questions and to respond as a group. Click here to read the full New York Business Journal article. <remesh also earned mentions in FINANCIAL and FierceFinancialIT. Visit the <remesh website…
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Cleveland tech startup Remesh joins Barclays accelerator program in NYC

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      An Article about Remesh in The Plain Dealer As 2014 accelerator graduate <remesh celebrates its acceptance into the Barclays Accelerator, the news is appearing in media outlets throughout Northeast Ohio, including the Plain Dealer. <remesh was selected from more than 500 applicants as one of 11 teams in the accelerator's first class in New York City. "It's a great opportunity to take our technology and work with some of the best minds in business to further develop our product and create a viable and scalable business," said [<remesh co-founder Andrew] Konya, 27, who was a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the liquid crystals institute at Kent State University before he decided to focus on Remesh. <remesh, which is an app that allows a collective group of users to speak with…
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Colign: Building a Successful Team

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Establishing a solid team of co-founders is crucial to any startup's success. 2015 accelerator team Colign is doing it right: not only do the three co-founders - Kevin DeFranco, Phillip Wong and Dan Yakobian - all work well together in a business sense, but they're best friends outside of the office as well. DeFranco started the business, which was originally called MaterialHawk, with a childhood friend who worked remotely on the other side of the country. After a while, though, it became clear to DeFranco that the other co-founder's heart was not in it. "You kind of get the sense when somebody starts to not be as interested in the site as you are and you begin to feel like you’re pulling a lot more of the load," he said.…
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Cleveland-based remesh gains acceptance into Barclays Accelerator

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Crain's Cleveland Business covered 2014 portfolio company <remesh's acceptance into the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars. It will be one of 11 teams in the accelerator's first New York class. The company, a graduate of the Flashstarts business accelerator in Cleveland, makes software designed to take comments from lots of people and distill them into a message that represents the entire group. It will receive $120,000 from Techstars, which takes a 6% equity stake in the startups that participate in its accelerator programs. Read the full story, written by Chuck Soder, here. View the <remesh website here.
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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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