startups

The goal of a new startup in Northeast Ohio is to provide adventurers with everything they need for a weekend getaway, ready to go in a backpack.

Jennifer Owens of Brunswick is the founder of CampRents, which will ship you the backpack with necessary items like blankets, water filters and tents.

Owens was inspired on a “bucket list” trip to Yosemite, when she had to buy a bunch of new supplies.

She says lack of experience is always a big obstacle for new backpackers, and having the right gear helps with that.

Cleveland’s startup community received direct feedback on the entrepreneurial ecosystem last week at the Cleveland City Club.

TechStars’ Chris Heivly and team analyzed different aspects of Northeast Ohio’s entreprenuership environment. They analyzed five different categories comprised of culture, density, talent, capital and institutional support. 

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Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University students and recent alums will compete March 15 in the first Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition.

Students in entrepreneurship classes at Case decided which pitches moved forward to the competition. Case entrepreneurship professor Scott Shane says that business accelerators, angel investors and venture capitalists are looking for ideas from students.

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Launch League

The city of Akron hopes to find a new way of solving some of its problems by partnering with a local startup accelerator. Launch League’s annual “Hack N Akron” brings together inventors, entrepreneurs and tech experts.

Akron Deputy Chief of Staff Annie McFadden says the group will work together on data entry, neighborhood branding and a more streamlined reservation system for the city’s learning centers.