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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Akron’s Bounce Innovation Hub is partnering with a medical entrepreneurship firm to advance business creation in the region.

Bounce is collaborating with BioEnterprise, of Cleveland, to help launch startups and promote biomedical innovation in Akron.

Mike Haritakis has been named the biomedical entrepreneur-in-residence for both companies. He said Bounce surveyed Akron and the surrounding area and found that healthcare is one of its major assets.

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Cleveland entrepreneurs have a chance to expand both their knowledge and their businesses this fall.

JumpStart is seeking applications for its sixth class of the Core City: Cleveland Impact Program. For 12 weeks, five entrepreneurs will receive one-on-one mentoring from two advisors and compete for a $10,000 cash prize.

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For some business owners in Northeast Ohio, making a profit isn’t enough. They feel they need to give back to the community as well. That's the focus of this week's Exploradio.

Todd Goldstein was 25 when the Great Recession hit.

"Everyone remembers 2008, right? The lines of people getting laid off, these executives getting parachutes with lots of money," he says. "I think people really said, enough’s enough."

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Editor's note: The role of Rev1 Ventures has been clarified in this story.

A new partnership could boost Ohio’s food and agriculture industry.

The J.M. Smucker Company is collaborating with Rev1 Ventures, a Columbus-based start-up accelerator and venture-capital fund, to seek out and promote emerging technologies in the food industry.

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Cleveland’s JumpStart hosted its fourth annual StartUp ScaleUp conference today to celebrate the region’s entrepreneurs.

The day-long event featured panels and interactive activities facilitating entrepreneurial growth, funding and finding talent. 

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