Regional Innovation Showcase on September 10, 2018

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.



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.

This has been a big year. Regional leaders are talking about the broader impact of innovation on our culture, communities and economy.

By highlighting the work of innovators in five categories, Pitch NEON encourages a community conversation beyond the startup ecosystem. “This has been a big year for our ecosystem. Regional leaders are talking about the broader impact of innovation on our culture, communities and economy. We are excited to provide additional exposure to people thinking ‘out of the box’,” says Flashstarts COO, Shannon Lyons.

Doors open at 4:30PM at House of Blues Cleveland. The evening will include two pitch sessions separated by a short intermission. Following the pitch sessions, attendees are invited to a reception where they can network with speakers and experience demonstrations from the startups. The current pitch lineup includes:



Jon Pinney, CityBlock
Marsha Mockabee, Urban League of Greater Cleveland
Bernie Moreno, Blockland
James Hardy, City of Akron



Chris Nickless, Vlipsy
Grace Rojek, Unbox the Dress
Alex Polyansky,
Alysia Hardy, SplashQ2C
Christian Dyl, Adminix
Hemanth Velury, Virtual Spaces
Joshua Koszewski, Ossemble



Brian Gorbett, Intuit
Akram Boutros, MetroHealth



Jordan Wong, Wongface
Devin Hinzo, Fresh Perspectives



Stephanie Ham, OncoSolutions, University of Akron
Dean Zody, Ghostwave, Ohio State
Emily Kennedy, Hedgemon, University of Akron & CWRU
President Beverly Warren, Kent State University


Innovators will deliver high impact TEDx-style presentations on a range of topics. “We have an opportunity to
create an economic development engine based on transformational technologies like blockchain. We
must act now. And we must act with collaboration and openness.” Says Bernie Moreno, founder of Blockland.
“It is rare to attend an event where corporates, civic leaders, artists, academics and startups share a stage,” adds Flashstarts CEO, Charles Stack. “We look forward to engaging in fresh dialogue and adding to the conversation.”


Each ticket includes the pitch session, drink voucher and appetizers.
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