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Techstars Cleveland Startup Community Assessment

Please join us for this unique, one-time event and learn first-hand how Cleveland’s Startup scene compares to other cities.

DATE: Tuesday / March 13, 2018
TIME:  3:00 PM
LOCATION: Cleveland City Club / 850 Euclid Avenue

General attendance is FREE but your RSVP is required.






One hundred years ago, Cleveland was an entrepreneurial hot spot and an international leader in innovation, patents, startups and wealth creation.

Between 1905 and 1925, in the span of a single generation, Cleveland became the nation’s 5th largest city.

Between 1905 and 1925, in the span of a single generation, Cleveland became the nation’s 5th largest city, its vibrant economy producing the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Foundation, City Club, Cleveland Playhouse, Metroparks’ Emerald Necklace, Public Square, Muny Light, West Side Market, Public Library, Hopkins Airport, all 5 Playhouse Square theaters and dozens more civic assets.  And dozens and dozens of companies and enterprises many of which remain vibrant and formidable organizations today.

Jones Day (1893 startup) recently held a series of community events named TechniCLE, out of which grew an awareness of the need for improving and expanding our startup ecosystem. A key outcome was the launch of a small entrepreneur-led grassroots group that envisions a new Cleveland startup renaissance.

In September 2017 our group engaged Techstars (the world’s leading startup experts) to perform an evaluation of our startup ecosystem. We believed it was important for an informed, objective, outside group evaluate our ecosystem, and compare our strengths and weaknesses with other communities. Techstars’ Chris Heivly toured local startup venues, attended several startup events, and performed hundreds of hours of detailed in-person interviews.  After the assessment they will continue to work with us to develop a roadmap that will help guide our region to a more active and sustained startup community. This initial assessment and roadmap are only the beginning of what we hope becomes a new, generational transformation of Cleveland.

Please join us at the Cleveland City Club on March 13, 2018 at 3:00 PM for the public readout of this important evaluation and help plan Cleveland’s next hundred years.