Global Entrepreneurship Week Ohio Global Entrepreneurship Week Ohio

Monday, November 16, 2020

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Kickin' Off Global Entrepreneurship Week Ohio with Pauly Suchy and Jonathon Ortmans
Jonathon Ortmans
Jonathon Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network, Founder and President

Pauly Suchy, Ohio State Coordinator for Global Entrepreneurship Week USA, kicks off the 2020 GEW Ohio conference. He will discuss the vision for the program.

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Ohio’s Vision for Entrepreneurs in a Post COVID World, with Jon Husted, Lt. Governor of Ohio
Jon Husted
Jon Husted
Ohio, Lt. Governor

Join Jon Husted, Lt. Governor of Ohio in this keynote on the vision for Ohio entrepreneurs in the COVID era.

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The Black Entrepreneurship Summit, Keynote by Shana Black
Shana Black
Shana Black
Black Girl in the Cle, Founder

Shana Black, Founder of Black Girl in the Cle, discusses her vision for the Black Entrepreneurship Summit.

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Discover Ohio Innovation | Ohio X
Chris Berry
Chris Berry
Ohio X, President
Mike J. Walker
Mike J. Walker
Microsoft, Senior Director, Applied Innovation and Digital Transformation
Scott Allen
Scott Allen
John Carroll University, Associate Professor of Management

Chris Berry, Mike Walker, and Scott Allen discuss the innovations that make Ohio, well, Ohio.

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Raising Capital in Ohio, with Rev 1, Ohio State University, Jumpstart and North Coast Ventures
Todd Federman
Todd Federman
Managing Director, North Coast Ventures
Cheryl Turnbull
Cheryl Turnbull
Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, Senior Director
Hardik Desai
Hardik Desai
Jumpstart, Senior Partner, Investing
Ryan Helon
Ryan Helon
Rev 1, Executive Vice President
Jeff Hoffman
Jeff Hoffman
Global Entrepreneurship Network, Chairman

Hear from some of Ohio's leading capital providers on the state of funding in Ohio.

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Cleveland Innovation District | MidTown Cleveland & Cleveland Foundation
Jeff Epstein
Jeff Epstein
MidTown Cleveland, Director
Baiju Shah
Baiju Shah
The Cleveland Foundation, Senior Fellow for Innovation

MidTown Cleveland Inc. will host a 45 minute panel discussion on the HTC Innovation District & Placemaking, with MidTown Cleveland Executive Director Jeffery Epstein and Baiju R. Shah, CEO of BioMotiv, followed by a 15 minute q&a. Strengthening the connection between people and places, placemaking is a collaborative process that pays particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place to support its ongoing evolution.

The HTC is a 1,600 acre area spanning the heart of Cleveland’s east side, connecting Cleveland’s vibrant Downtown to its cultural hub of University Circle. The opportunities for business attraction to Cleveland by partnering with the area’s leading health & tech institutions are tremendous and have resulted in over 1,800 new jobs, 500,000 square feet of new or renovated office and lab space, and over $4 billion of investment since 2008. 

Building on the success of the HTC, we’re creating a new center for Cleveland’s innovation economy adjacent to the future Cleveland Foundation HQ on Euclid Avenue & East 66th Street, in a partnership with Wexford Science and Technology as the master developer for this new innovation community in MidTown. A highly-collaborative, walkable and inclusive set of buildings will further link the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor’s Cleveland’s

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The New American Dream | Disruption Now Media
Aja Hardy
Aja Hardy
gBeta Cleveland, Director
Whitney Gaskins
Whitney Gaskins
University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science, Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement
Anne Richie
Anne Richie
The Mezzanine Fund, Fund Manager
Carlton R. Collins
Carlton R. Collins
Engines That Work, Co-Founder
Rob Richardson
Rob Richardson
Disruption Now Media, Founder & Host

The American Dream has always been aspirational and until recent history has been largely unavailable; so what is the American Dream?

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Startup 101-How and Why to Start A Tech Business, by Jumpstart
Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith
Jumpstart, Senior Deal Flow Manager
Adam Salon
Adam Salon
Jumpstart, Partner, Entrepreneurial Services

Are you curious about what it means to be a tech business, why to start a tech business, or how to launch a tech business? If so, this fireside chat between two former entrepreneurs turned JumpStart business advisors that address these questions are for you.

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VFA Fellow Founders of Ohio, by Venture For America
Leopoldo Peña
Leopoldo Peña
The Opportunity Exchange, Co-Founder, VFA '16 (Cleveland)
Ryan Cleary
Ryan Cleary
FloatMe, Co-Founder & COO, VFA '17 (Cleveland)
Alison Leddy
Alison Leddy
Bust A Move, Co-Founder, VFA '16 (Columbus)
Alex Hilleary
Alex Hilleary
Gather, Co-Founder, VFA '16 (Cleveland)
Tagan Horton (Moderator)
Tagan Horton (Moderator)
Founders Get Funds, Founder, VFA '19 (Cleveland)
Carrie Murphy (Host)
Carrie Murphy (Host)
Venture for America, Senior Director of Community Partnerships

Venture For America has helped numerous founders launch their business in Ohio. Join this program to learn about the VFA Founders and the businesses they launched.

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The Gig-Economy When the Economy’s Tanking, with Matt Deal
Matt Deal
Matt Deal
SydeWyrk, Co-Founder
Jordan Valdiviez
Jordan Valdiviez
University of Toledo, Incubation Operations Manager at Launchpad Incubation Program

What happens to the gig-economy in a pandemic? Matt is the CEO and Co-Founder of SydeWyrk a gig-economy platform is here to answer that.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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Building a Truly International Startup, by the Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Kim Kirkendall
Kim Kirkendall
International Resource Development, President
Jeffrey Goldstein
Jeffrey Goldstein
Onward Global, Founder
Michael Cao
Michael Cao
IC3D, Inc., Founder & CEO
Giorgio Morocica
Giorgio Morocica
Yenox, Founder

Our speakers will discuss how to build a business that leverages international opportunities  - whether that is suppliers / partners / customers / content – how can you take advantage of resources around the world. 

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What Business Really Comes Down To, with Kate Volzer
Kate Volzer
Kate Volzer
Wisr, CEO

Join Kate Volzer as she shares her experience on the topic of what business really comes down to….the people behind it. As the CEO of a fully remote tech start-up, she has a proactive approach to keeping a team engaged. Hear her best practice tips and recommendations on managing remotely, the active role a CEO should play, and creating a thriving culture digitally.

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Alternative Capital for Ohio Manufacturers
Justin Vogt
Justin Vogt
Evermore Industries, Co-Founder & CEO
Edward Redden
Edward Redden
Evermore Industries, Co-Founder & President

Join Justin Vogt and Edward Redden of Evermore Industries in a discussion about alternative capital options for Ohio manufacturing companies.

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Alternative Funding Options in Northeast Ohio
Dora Rankin
Dora Rankin
Honeycomb Credit, Cleveland City Manager
Jeff Clawson
Jeff Clawson
Growth Opportunity Partners, Chief Credit Officer
Katy Fuerst
Katy Fuerst
Hebrew Free Loan Association, Director of Programming and Community Engagement
B. Fae Harris
B. Fae Harris
National Development Council, Consultant, Cleveland Market
Michael Elliott
Michael Elliott
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Director of Neighborhood Economic Development

Hear from some of Northeast Ohio's leading investment and lending experts about opportunities to raise capital and grow your business, no matter how big or small.

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Connecting Travelers Through Shared Experiences, with Akib Amin
Akib Amin
Akib Amin
GAFFL, Co-founder & CEO
Jordan Valdiviez
Jordan Valdiviez
University of Toledo, Incubation Operations Manager at Launchpad Incubation Program

Connecting travelers to share experiences is what GAFFL is all about, but can you do that in a pandemic?

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Rebuilding with Resilience, Fireside Chat with Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture For America
Amy Nelson
Amy Nelson
Venture For America, CEO

The economic and social shockwaves of COVID-19 have redefined what normal looks like in our homes, our workplaces, and across the world. They have also deepened some of our society’s most troubling inequalities, and left millions of people financially vulnerable. What will it take to restore our nation’s physical and economic health? Join Amy Nelson, CEO of Venture for America, as she imagines what a successful post-pandemic recovery could look like -- a recovery that prioritizes inclusion, equitable opportunity, and ultimately, resilience.

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Ohio Innovation Partners, by Plug and Play
Nathan Sundheimer
Nathan Sundheimer
Plug and Play Cleveland, Program & Operations Manager
Jennifer Thomas
Jennifer Thomas
Plug and Play Cleveland, Managing Director
Julianne Roseman
Julianne Roseman
Plug and Play, Ventures Associate

Plug and Play leads an dynamic discussion about some of the Ohio startups they're working with.

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Opportunities and Risks for Black Entrepreneurs: Black Entrepreneurship Summit
Carlin Jackson
Carlin Jackson
Theo. Wyes David, Ltd. | Content Status, Founder/Principal Consultant | Co-founder/CTO
Jay Williams
Jay Williams
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, President
Anthony Gillespie
Anthony Gillespie
Keen Point Consulting, LLC, Founder
Rob Richardson
Rob Richardson
Disruption Now Media, Founder & Host

The entrepreneurship journey is different for everyone. What do the pitfalls and successes look like for black entrepreneurs in America?

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Building Your Resource Stack, by Fitzergald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Dr. Joseph Fox
Dr. Joseph Fox
Akron University Department of Management and theFitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Associate Professor of Practice & Director

Learn how entrepreneurs can build their resource stack to optimize their ventures and utilize tools and platforms to increase impact.

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The Entrepreneurship Roadmap-A Guided Journey For Your App/Software Based Business, by Jumpstart
Adam Salon
Adam Salon
Jumpstart, Partner, Entrepreneurial Services
Heather Hall
Heather Hall
Jumpstart, Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Ron Stubblefield
Ron Stubblefield
Jumpstart, Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith
Jumpstart, Senior Deal Flow Manager
Jaclyn Williams
Jaclyn Williams
Jumpstart, Senior Market Research Analyst

Being an entrepreneur building an app or software-based business is not easy. The journey to success requires commitment, time, and connecting with the right resources and tools. With the proper support, this journey is inspiring and rewarding. 

If you are an entrepreneur working to develop an app or software-based business, please join members of the JumpStart Services team. We will discuss how to start and build starting a business and how  The Entrepreneurial Roadmap can better assist you in turning an idea into a thriving business a reality.

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Be The Founder Youth Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition, by StartHuddle
Jack Thompson
Jack Thompson
StartHuddle, Co-founder
Jake Zajkowski
Jake Zajkowski
StartHuddle, Outreach Director
Katie Pettee
Katie Pettee
Enjoy Zest, Chef + Event Planner

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, StartHuddle will be hosting an Entrepreneurship Panel. We'll hear from small business owners, leaders from the industry, and those who are passionate about the development of businesses in our community. Questions will pertain to important topics for youth to get started in entrepreneurship. Listen in to hear some great advice and wisdom.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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Hispanic Business Showcase, by NEOHCED (VIRTUAL)
Maria R. Davila
Maria R. Davila
U.S. Small Business Administration, Outreach & Marketing Specialist

Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development hosts the first Latinx Business Showcase at CentroVilla25 in Clark-Fulton!

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Retail and Restaurant Technology, with Chris Rumpf
Chris Rumpf
Chris Rumpf
Flyght, CEO
Jordan Valdiviez
Jordan Valdiviez
University of Toledo, Incubation Operations Manager at Launchpad Incubation Program

Chris, an expert in the retail and restaurant tech industry is ready to share his tales from the trenches of entrepreneurship as CEO of Flyght.

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Blue Economy Forum: How The Great Lakes Fosters Entrepreneurship
Brandon Wong
Brandon Wong
University of Michigan, PhD, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Hadar Borden
Hadar Borden
University at Buffalo, Director, Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars
Michael Schum
Michael Schum
Fortun Brands Global Plumbing Group, Vice President, Product Development
Eric Clark
Eric Clark
Technology Incubation and Innovation Office at the NASA Glenn Research Center, Acting Deputy Director
Paul Riser
Paul Riser
TechTown, Inaugural Director
Max Herzog
Max Herzog
Cleveland Water Alliance, Program Manager

A conversation on the role of water-based entrepreneurship in economic development across the Lake Erie region. Panel and Q&A.

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Real Estate for Culture, Community & Entertainment | Robert Paskar
Rob Paskar
Rob Paskar
Pasker Real Estate, Owner & Broker
Jordan Valdiviez
Jordan Valdiviez
University of Toledo, Incubation Operations Manager at Launchpad Incubation Program

Rob's quest to raise capital for his health and entertainment businesses led him to the real-estate industry, finding passion in creating culture and community.

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Design Thinking can work for any entrepreneur. Discover how to create a collaborative environment in your growing business.
Lindsay Sims
Lindsay Sims
Predictable Results Marketing, Founder & CEo

Design Thinking can work for any entrepreneur. Using design challenges and sprints, discover how to create a collaborative environment in your growing business.

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Maintaining the Black Entrepreneurship Community, a Fireside Chat with Tagan Horton
Tagan Horton (Moderator)
Tagan Horton (Moderator)
Founders Get Funds, Founder, VFA '19 (Cleveland)

An AMA on the state of the Black entrepreneurship community with TheTagan. Who are the key players in our community? What do we need to learn, connect and build wealth?


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Power of Collaboration: The Toledo Business Growth Collaborative
Amy Haschak
Amy Haschak
JumpStart, Partner, Network Management
Jill Badger
Jill Badger
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Interim Director of the Small Business Development Center
Sabrina Weaver
Sabrina Weaver
Women of Toledo, President
Olivia Holden
Olivia Holden
ASSETS Toledo, Executive Director
Jim Matzinger
Jim Matzinger
Economic and Community Development Institute, Community Outreach and Lending Specialist
David Topoleski
David Topoleski
Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Reference Librarian and Manager
Mark Urrutia
Mark Urrutia
Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC), Regional Director
Elizabeth Murawski
Elizabeth Murawski
Center for Innovative Food Technology, Business & Workforce Development Manager
Jay Black
Jay Black
Toledo African American Chamber of Commerce, Vice President

The Toledo Business Growth Collaborative is a network that consists of existing small business assistance organizations in the Greater Toledo community. Working together, these organizations are dedicated to finding and filling gaps in the service continuum and connecting their clients to the resources they need.  Join us to learn more about these organizations and how they can benefit you and your business.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Teen/Tween Business Pitch Night, by Hudson Library

The Hudson Library will host its third annual Teen/Tween “Pitch Night” where young entrepreneurs can pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges for cash prizes. Two age group prizes will be awarded: Tween (Grades 6-8) and Teen (Grades 9-12). Registration details to be announced.