The Entrepreneur Beat

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WKSU undertakes a year-long examination of entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio with 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. The project includes long-form features as part of WKSU's ongoing Exploradio series as well as entrepreneurship-themed news reports.

The Entrepreneurship Beat is produced with generous support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Burton D. Morgan Foundation champions the entrepreneurial spirit, contributes to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, and leads in the burgeoning field of entrepreneurship education. Read more about the project HERE.

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Donna Kastner
https://retirepreneur.com/

An Ohio-based startup is trying to encourage retiring baby boomers to pursue entrepreneurship.

Donna Kastner is the founder of Retirepreneur. It’s designed to help people in their 50s and 60s make the transition from a full-time job to a part-time gig.

Kastner said she’s trying to bring awareness to post-retirement entrepreneurship.

man with virtual reality headset
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An Akron business owner thinks his company could be a leading force in the virtual reality industry. Eric Vaughn is the owner of the production studio Red Point Digital, which is launching Skunkwerkz that will specialize in VR and stop motion animation. Vaughn wants to use VR technology to keep people in Northeast Ohio and bring in talent from other states.

Women talking
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Clevelanders who are interested in starting businesses have an opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs next month.

Your Local Girl Gang, an online directory of women-owned businesses in Northeast Ohio, is hosting “Brunch with Bosses” Aug. 20 at LimeLight CoWorking in Cleveland. It will feature a panel of female business owners and local vendors.

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A researcher at Case Western Reserve University discovered a new treatment for spinal cord injuries that may allow nerves to regrow and perhaps restore lost movement to paralyzed people.

The breakthrough comes after a three-decade search.

It was once thought that damaged nerve cells could never regrow, but Jerry Silver, who is a distinguished professor in neuroscience, never bought into that.

CONVELO THERAPEUTICS

A team at Case Western Reserve University has come up with a new approach to treating Multiple Sclerosis. They’ve also launched a business to bring the new therapy to market.

The company is called Convelo Therapeutics.

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