When it comes to startups, Cleveland has been playing catch up since the mid-1990s. It wasn't always that way. A hundred years ago, Cleveland was an entrepreneurial hot spot, the leader in innovation, patents, startups, and wealth creation. In the last few years, a group of entrepreneurs and startup founders have been convening a series of community advocacy events called TechniCLE Speaking, out of which grew an awareness of the need for improving and expanding our support for startups here in Cleveland.
A key outcome was the launch of a small grassroots group of entrepreneurs envisioning a new Cleveland startup renaissance. As a first step, the past September, they engaged Techstars, the world’s leading startup experts, to perform an evaluation of our community using their expertise and to provide a tailored road map for re-igniting and strengthening Cleveland’s startup community.
Techstars' Chris Heivly toured local startup venues, attended several startup events, and performed hundreds of hours of in-person in-depth interviews. This initial assessment is the beginning of the what could become a new, generational transformation of Cleveland.
Please join us for the first step towards Cleveland’s next hundred year, a free public conversation on this important evaluation. Cocktail reception to follow.