The Entrepreneur Beat

WKSU is undertaking a year-long examination of entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio.   We will take a 360-degree look at business creation in the region and examine the resources available to start-ups, the opportunities, and pitfalls in the local business climate. We will look at impediments to success, and the entrepreneurial mind-set.

The project will include ongoing check-in's with local entrepreneurs as they navigate the challenges of starting a new business and promoting an innovative idea or product, putting a face to business creation statistics.

The project will also include long-form features as part of WKSU's ongoing Exploradio series as well as shorter pieces that will appear in newscasts throughout the week.

Ways to Connect

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The Cleveland Leadership Center

Twenty-five civic-minded entrepreneurs are going to get a chance to pitch their ideas for improving Cleveland.  The fourth annual "Accelerate" event is a civic pitch competition presented by the Cleveland Leadership Center.  The presenters have five different categories in which to pitch. 

"Accelerate" Co-Chair Ursula Cottone says that this presents an opportunity to solve some of the city’s challenges. 

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FLICKR / FLICKR

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University have received $1.75 million from the Cleveland Foundation to fund a joint effort coined the “Internet of Things Collaborative.”

The Internet of Things refers to devices that collect data and transmit the information to other pieces of technology through the web.

Flashstarts
Flashstarts.com / FLASHSTARTS

Flashstarts, a Cleveland business accelerator, is making its first investment of this year in an Akron-based company that grows 3D models of tumors.

OncoSolutions produces the models and uses them to test possible cancer treatments from pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Stephanie Ham is the cofounder and CEO of OncoSolutions.

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City of Akron / CITY OF AKRON

  

The city of Akron is trying to play a bigger role in guiding local startups.

Tuesday is the third Akron Entrepreneurs Meet-up event organized by the mayor’s office.

Heather Roszczyk is the innovation and entrepreneurship advocate for the city. She says bringing local entrepreneurs together helps business owners identify common problems and what the city can offer.  

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CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center are teaming up to research complications associated with psoriasis.

The National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases is giving the project a $6.5 million grant.

The grant will help researchers better understand psoriasis and its comorbidities, the other ailments that come with it.

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