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everykey the winner of magnet's product-focused pitch competition

EveryKey, creator of a high-tech wristband that wirelessly syncs with various electronic devices, emerged as the winner of the Incubator at MAGNET's first product-focused pitch contest.

EveryKey was pitted against five other hardware-creating entrepreneurs during the ProtoTech competition held Oct. 21 at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland. The nascent Case Western Reserve University-based company took home $12,000, funds that will be sunk into an invention that holds all of the wearer's online passwords and is designed to lock and unlock everything from doors to phones to computers.

Chris Wentz, CEO of EveryKey, was thankful for the opportunity to put his product before a panel of investors, development specialists and peers interested in supporting physical technology. Now that the contest is over, the startup will focus on its Kickstarter campaign, set to launch Oct. 29.

"This competition meant so much to us," says Wentz, 23. "There were a lot of great companies here with some great ideas."

The ProtoTech pitch contest, co-sponsored by NASA Glenn Research Center, concentrated on tech-driven wares and the startups aiming to bring those products to market. The competition was introduced in July by MAGNET executive director Dave Crain with the intention of highlighting manufactured creations rather than IT or service-based ventures.

ProtoTech's second-place winner was RoboNail, designer of an app-operated robotic roofing installation machine.

The other ProtoTech finalists were:

* Advanced BioSensors-Ohio, creator of a "Continuous Glucose Monitor" for diabetic patients.

* Axenic, maker of non-toxic liquid-based solutions that clean organic waste.

* FGC Plasma Solutions, creator of a fuel nozzle designed to save money and reduce emissions.

* Real Time Imaging Technologies, designer of a low-dose dental x-ray imaging system.

who's hiring in cle: makergear, western reserve historical society, onshift and more

Welcome to the latest installment of Fresh Water's "who's hiring?" series. Once a month or so, we feature growing companies with open positions, what they're looking for and how to apply.
Business is booming at MakerGear, a Beachwood company that designs, engineers and manufactures desktop 3D printers and accessories. The firm has seen its M2 3D printer rank as Amazon’s top-rated for the entire year and just started shipping to China, potentially a huge leap for business.

To help address its month-long backlog of orders, the company is currently looking for a mechanical engineer with Cartesian machine design experience. This is a hands-on environment where you will be involved in product design, prototyping and testing. Solid modeling experience is required. “We’re hoping to hire a handful of engineers by the end of the year,” adds company founder Rick Pollack. For more information, click here. To apply, send resumes here.
Western Reserve Historical Society
Take a ride back in Cleveland history as a carousel operator. Western Reserve Historical Society is looking for a full-time carousel operator to man the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel when it opens in November. Apply online here.

University School
University School is seeking a part-time relationship manager who will support the public relations requirements of University School’s Entrepreneur Institute and its initiatives. Responsibilities include developing and maintaining corporate and foundation partnerships, and marketing strategy and implementation. Interested candidates can send their resume, cover letter, or application to email the recruiting manager. 

OnShift, Parker Hannifin and more
C.TRAC currently has three open positions. The marketing solutions provider needs an account director, technical solutions architect, and UX Developer. Information on all three positions can be found here. Send resumes here.
Junior Achievement needs a fundraising specialist to maintain and grow relationships with existing corporate and individual donors as well as proactively identify and develop new sources of financial support to meet annual fundraising goals, primarily through execution of special event fundraisers. For more information, click here. To apply, send resume and salary requirements here.

OnShift, the leader in staff scheduling & labor management software for long-term care and senior living, is looking for a database administrator to Design, install and maintaining complex databases in a server based environment. The job includes all aspects of backup/recovery, security, integrity, performance tuning and data modeling. To apply, go to OnShift’s careers page.

Parker Hannifin is looking for people to join its accounting trainee program. The program’s purpose is to hire, develop and retain accounting professionals. Through a systematic process of division training and mentoring, trainees are introduced to the Parker accounting ranks and quickly begin to play a significant role in day to day operations of the business. For more information and to apply, click here.
Sherwin-Williams needs a recruitment specialist. For more information and to apply, click here.
American Greetings is looking for a graphic/card designer in its creative division: "Standing in front of a greeting card display - looking up and down the rows of cards and taking in all the different colors, sizes, shapes, art techniques, layouts, and lettering styles - you're looking at the work of a Designer. That's not to say that the Designer singlehandedly does all the work behind each of those individual attributes, but he or she does pull it all together' into a cohesive card expression that resonates with our consumer. A Designer thinks 'big picture' while using a small canvas - actually, hundreds of them, displayed together." For more information, click here.
PR Newswire needs a Manager of Inside Sales. For more information and to apply, click here.
Case Western Reserve University has an opening for a wellness coordinator to support the medical director in developing a culture of wellness within the university. For more information and to apply, click here.
Have hiring news you’d like to share? Email Karin at Fresh Water Cleveland and send us this information or career links!

cwru's think[box] breaks ground on new $30m innovation center

With fireworks, smoke machines and science experiments galore, Case Western Reserve University officials broke ground this week on the new home for think[box], an innovation center that will move to former Lincoln Storage Building, now known as the Richey-Mixon Building.
CWRU's board of trustees voted unanimously last Sunday, October 12th to approve the renovations, having raised $25 million of the $30 million goal. Phase I is due to be completed in August 2015.
Phase I will include renovations to the first four floors. A glass skyway will connect the athletic center to the new think[box] entrance. The first floor will be a community space with a bike station that will offer everything from bike parking to small bike repairs to a shower facility.

“It will be a younger-feeling creative space that suits our students’ lifestyles,” explains think[box] manager Ian Charnas, a Case grad who also leads the Tesla Orchestra. "The second floor will be the ideation floor with amenities such as whiteboards and meeting rooms modeled after Stanford d. School in California.”
Floors three and four are dedicated to some real hands-on innovation. The third floor will house a prototyping space and small metal shop that will offer tools for nearly every project conceivable. “We’re sending an email out, saying 'come enjoy several thousand square feet to do your projects and get messy.'”
Charnas expects think[box], which will be one of the top university-based innovation centers in the world, to attract innovative thinkers to Cleveland. “This is helping to build industry in the region,” he says. “Most of our students are recruited from outside of Cleveland, and even Ohio. This is a big golden carrot to keep these folks in the area.”

Think[box] is a unique facility not only because it offers high-tech equipment like 3D printers, but because it is free and open to the public. In many universities, you have to be a student to gain access to specialized equipment. Since its founding, think[box] has helped many entrepreneurs to create prototypes for their products.
The announcement was made during Case’s homecoming celebration. Case president Barbara Snyder was accompanied by the major donors to make the announcement amid smoke machines and fireworks displays on monitors. Instead of a ribbon-cutting, the group flipped a giant old-fashioned power switch.
Students wearing white think[box] lab coats and blue hard hats made commemorative chocolate coins using liquid nitrogen with the help of Sweet Designs Chocolatier and Piccadilly Creamery. A laminar flow fountain – the kind where the liquid leaps about – dispensed punch that shot from a white display case into guests’ glasses.
Charnas says they hope to raise the remaining funds in the next year and shoot straight into Phase II renovations, which will include the remaining top three floors.

top entrepreneurs talk about why cle is the best place to grow a business

The Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), a global business network of 10,000+ entrepreneurs in 46 countries, recently held its annual conference, Thrive!, in Cleveland. Top entrepreneurs came from around the world to talk about best practices for startups, how to grow a company and the potential stumbling blocks in being an entrepreneur.

While conference attendees – all EO members – are successful in their own rights, two local business owners highlighted why Cleveland is one of the best places in the world to grow the thriving business. Brendan Anderson, co-founder and managing partner of Evolution Capital Partners, a small business consulting and investing firm, shared what the top one percent of entrepreneurs are doing differently than everyone else.
“The top one percent has figured out a way to find access to capital and free up their time to focus on their goals,” Anderson explains. He cites four main components as critical to success -- developing and sharing current financial statements, a solid business plan, transparency and accountability. “Once you've got all these things, you can attract the people you never dreamed you could.”

Anderson also emphasizes the amount of support for entrepreneurs in Cleveland. “I think this is a great place to be an entrepreneur because of organizations like the EO,” he says. “We have pockets of entrepreneurs who are willing to share and give. I would never be where I am today without the EO.”
While EO members must gross at least $1 million in yearly revenues, Anderson points out the wealth of incubators and accelerators available to smaller companies. The key is the willingness in Cleveland to mentor and share advice among entrepreneurs.
“You got to be a continuous leader – keep your head up and keep meeting people,” advises Anderson. “In the entrepreneurial community, most of us remember how painful it was to have the door slammed in your face, having banks say no.”
Mike Berlin, founder of Briteskies, an IT tech services company that helps customers bring their products to the online market, also sees Cleveland as having a wealth of resources for the entrepreneur. “There is a great support network here,” he says. “There are a significant number of large companies we can work with here. Organizations like COSE are a good resource. They do a good job of promoting small business.”

“The Northeast Ohio EO gave me the opportunity to do what I’m doing,” adds Berlin. “I’m not sure if I could do it anywhere else. There are big companies here who have taken the leap with us, and there’s a willingness of mentors to partner million-dollar companies with small upstart companies.”
Almost 500 people from as far away as Australia and China came to the EO Thrive! conference earlier this month to hear Anderson’s and Berlin’s thoughts on entrepreneurship. Other keynote speakers included Jodi Berg of Vitamix and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

northeast ohio automotive sector expected to outpace U.S., report says

A report released Sunday by Team NEO indicates that the growth of the automotive industry in Northeast Ohio will outpace the U.S. in the coming decade. According to the report, the area has the second-largest Tier I auto production markets in the country, meaning that the suppliers here make the parts that go directly on the vehicles. In fact, Northeast Ohio is second only to Detroit.

Team NEO predicts the Gross Regional Product (GRP) in automotive will grow by 79 percent to become a $4.5 billion industry by 2024. Employment is also expected to grow by 19 percent. Jacob Duritsky, managing director of research for Team NEO, attributes the predicted growth to the area’s diverse mix of auto manufacturing.
“No one has a crystal ball, but based on our industry mix, the trend is pretty steady,” Duritsky says. Positive indicators include the jobs brought back to the Avon Lake Ford plant and the scheduled manufacture of Ford’s medium trucks, the F650 and F750, as well as tremendous investment in Ford’s Brookpark and Lordstown plants and Honda’s presence in the state. Automotive is growing here even as it is expected to decline elsewhere in the country, the report says.

Automotive is one of only two manufacturing industries in Northeast Ohio that are expected to grow in the next 10 years. The other is food manufacturing. “We’re expecting manufacturing employment, essentially, to remain flat,” says Jenny Febbo, Team NEO vice president of marketing and communications.

nortech honors 10 innovators at its annual innovation awards

In what’s being touted the “Holy Grail” of MRI technology, CWRU School of Medicine professor of radiology and director of MRI research Mark Griswold and his team are developing a system of MRI fingerprinting that will offer a faster, more detailed scan that could eliminate the need for a physical biopsy of tumors.
This research led Griswold, who is quick to point out that he is just one of a team of 20 at CWRU and Boston's Mass General, to recently earn the title of Inventor of the Year at NorTech’s annual Innovation Awards.
"Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting, or MRF, is a way to look inside the body and tell specifically what kind of tissues or diseases are there, so that hopefully we can identify diseases early without surgery or biopsy," says Griswold in a video released by Nortech.
Griswold told Fresh Water that he was able to develop the technology quickly thanks to support from Siemens Healthcare. The hope is to get the software and hardware to commercial markets within a year.

“I think we have a lot of hard work to do,” says Griswold of the next steps. “But the earlier you can see disease, the earlier you can see things happening in the infrastructure and brain tissue.”
Similarly, Explorys, the cloud-based, big data analytics company for the healthcare industry, received an award for the most innovative use of a national trend for its innovative use of big data.
“Growing a high-tech company that positively impacts so many lives, right here in Ohio, has been an exciting and rewarding journey,” says Charlie Lougheed, president and co-founder of Explorys. “I’m so proud of the team at Explorys for the dedication they’ve poured into creating innovative ways to leverage big data to improve healthcare.”  
Other honorees at the event included Sharon Sobol Jordan, President and CEO of the Centers for Families and Children for her work to expanded the reach of the organization, and Imperial Tools, SmartShape and LogiSync were named Most Innovative Technology Team for their work on a revolutionary, smart HVAC tool.

Check out a video of the Innovation Award recipients here.

Here's the list of all 22 finalists this year, provided by Nortech:

Innovative Leader of the Year:

Jerry Duffy, GE Lighting
George Haritos, The University of Akron
Matt Hlavin, Thogus
George Newkome, The University of Akron
Sharon Sobol Jordan, The Centers for Families and Children

Inventor of the Year:

Mark Griswold, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Michael Recker, Wireless Environment
Kevin Trice, Pulmonary Apps

Most Innovative Solution:

Kent Displays
Light Curable Coatings & Sustainable Coatings

Most Innovative Technology Team:

Auditory Labs, LeanDog & Osmisys
LogiSync, SmartShape & Imperial Tools
NASA Glenn & Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Most Innovative Use of a National Trend:

GE Lighting                        
Great Lakes Biomimcry & The University of Akron
Intwine Connect
Lorain County Community College
NASA Glenn, MAGNET, City of Cleveland & Cuyahoga County

keycorp report answers the question, how green is my banking?

KeyCorp's business practices are becoming as green as the currency handled by its nearly 1,000 branches nationwide, according to a recently released 2013 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report.

In earning its eighth consecutive "Outstanding" rating on the Community Reinvestment Act exam, the financial institution has emphasized its conscientious approach to banking, citizenship and operations. That responsibly includes establishing operational policies that protect the environment, notes KeyCorp head of sustainability Andrew Watterson.

Last year, the corporation invested more than $6 million in energy efficiency improvement projects in KeyCorp buildings nationally. This includes lighting retrofits and HVAC improvements, diversion of waste from landfills, and nearly 5,000 tons of recycled office paper.

In addition, over 900 KeyCorp facilities are engaged in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program, an effort promoting power saving products and buildings in order to reduce pollution and energy consumption. On the local front, the bank's Tiedeman Road offices are platinum-certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system.

Meanwhile, the institution has invested upwards of $1.2 billion in its renewable energy portfolio. This funding has gone largely to utility-scale wind and solar farms that carry the capability of producing massive megawatts.

An environmental focus aligns nicely with KeyCorp's overriding mission of helping the community thrive, says Watterson.

"Sustainability is in perfect alignment with that purpose," he says. "It's an important component of being a responsible corporate citizen." 

UH forms partnership with foundation fighting blindness to speed treatments to market

The Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals announced today that it has joined with the Foundation Fighting Blindness in Columbia, MD, which was co-founded by former Cavaliers owner Gordon Gund in 1971, to form a new initiative for fighting blindness.
The Gund-Harrington National Initiative for Fighting Blindness will focus on finding treatments and cures for the millions of people affected by inherited retinal diseases that lead to blindness. The two organizations will provide up to $50 million in new funding and resources to support up to 30 physician-scientists in their research and quests for cures.
“We are hopeful to make progress together toward ending blindness,” says Jonathan Stamler, director of the Harrington Discovery Institute. “The Gund-Harrington Initiative will combine the focused philanthropic initiatives of two families to create a new model to fight eye diseases. Gund-Harrington support will provide the nation’s cadre of top physician-scientists unique opportunities to create new medicines that will improve sight.”
The partnership will also create the National Center of Excellence in Fighting Blindness, which will seek drug development projects based on scientific and creativity criteria and the potential to rapidly advance to commercialization. Gund-Harrington Scholars will carry out their research at their respective institutions and will receive direct oversight from the Innovation Support Center of the Harrington Discovery Institute, which houses a pharmaceutical team of experts who are charged with overseeing drug development.
Stamler cites the partnership as a perfect pairing of non-profit and for-profit models that will speed treatments to market. “These foundations have access to the top minds and cutting edge work for mission-critical non-profit pharma work coupled with the for-profit business model to put in place the infrastructure to promote causes for blindness,” he says. “We are combining these family resources and insights to be on the cutting edge and speed pharmaceuticals to market.”

cleveland beer week gets hopping this weekend

A sudsy week of beer-fueled excitement is set to cure what "ales" fun-seeking Clevelanders.

The sixth annual Cleveland Beer Week has hundreds of events scheduled at an equal number of venues from Oct. 10th through Oct. 19th. The usual concerts, parties, special tappings and educational programs will be held, capped off by the massive Brewzilla celebration featuring 80 beer makers pouring your favorite barley sodas.

Brewers directly involved with the beery proceedings are arriving with their own efforts. Platform Beer Company has collaborated with the New Albion Brewing Company on a re-release of New Albion Ale. The flagship pale ale will be on tap Oct. 17th at the Platform Brewhouse on Lorain Avenue. Partnering with the first U.S. post-Prohibition microbrewery was an opportunity to get the original recipe back in the hands of its fans, notes Platform co-owner Justin Carson.

"It was very innovative in its day," Carson says.

On Oct. 14th, Platform is hosting "Same Brew, Different Takes," where a batch of beer will be infused with unusual ingredients to create new tastes. The following evening is the brewery's "Choose Your Own Adventure" release, featuring a customer-voted beer created by in-house brewmaster Shaun Yasaki.

 "We're planning on having a different beer each year," says Platform's Paul Benner.  

Collaborations are a big part of CBW, and this year is no different. Joint efforts will match Great Lakes Brewing Co., Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. and other establishments with out-of-state brewers. Resulting mixtures will be made available at various watering holes throughout the city.

Meanwhile, a dozen local breweries have concocted six new beers for the Oct. 8 Gambrinus Brewery Crawl, set to raise money for restoration of the King Gambrinus statue that previously stood at Leisy Brewing. Pouring locations for the event are Platform, Butcher & The Brewer, Market Garden Brewery, and Nano Brew Cleveland.   

engage! cleveland launches weeklong series of yp-friendly events

Talent attraction/retention nonprofit Engage! Cleveland has officially kicked off a series of Cleveland-friendly social activities and professional development opportunities through its first annual Cleveland Young Professionals Week.

The weeklong succession of cost-free events aimed at the youthful and talented began Monday and will continue through Oct. 11, says Engage! Cleveland executive director Ashley Basile Oeken. Each day will feature a variety of around-the-clock happenings on both the East and West Side, including fitness classes at local studios, speaker-centric "lunch-and-learn" programs, and nightly networking get-togethers. That's 25 events over six days, if you're counting.

"You hear about other cities and how they've engaged young professionals," says Basile Oeken. "We wanted a signature event to put our name on."

Programming is generally aimed at people age 21 to 40, although the nonprofit is inclusive of anyone who considers themselves a YP. Events are filling up, notes Basile Oeken, so if you're interested in a spinning class at Harness Cycle or listening to a talk by PlayhouseSquare president Art Falco, it's best to act fast.

Basile Oeken views Engage! Cleveland's first-ever CLE YP Week as a chance to show off everything the city has to offer, whether to a lifelong resident or someone who moved here a month ago. Attracting and retaining young talent means linking it to influential leaders and local organizations, she believes.

"It's acclimating people to how much is going on in Cleveland," says Basile Oeken. "There's an opportunity to get everyone living in this community to support it collectively."

While programming will end with a closing party at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the nonprofit director expects the energy generated by a week's worth of events to resonate throughout the year.

"If you're involved, Cleveland can sell itself," Basile Oeken says. "People are more likely to stay when they're engaged."

magnet announces finalists for competition championing tech-based products

The Incubator at MAGNET has announced six finalists for its first product-focused pitch contest.

The ProtoTech competition, co-sponsored by NASA Glenn Research Center,  concentrates on technology-driven wares and the companies aiming to bring those products to market. A MAGNET press release listed the finalists:

* Advanced BioSensors-Ohio, creator of a "Continuous Glucose Monitor" for diabetic patients.

* Axenic, maker of non-toxic liquid-based solutions that clean organic waste.

* EveryKey, a Case Western Reserve University-based company that makes a high-tech wristband that syncs with keys and passwords.

* FGC Plasma Solutions, creator of a fuel nozzle designed to save money and reduce emissions.

* Real Time Imaging Technologies, designer of a low-dose dental x-ray imaging system.

* RoboNail, maker of robotic tools that enable contractors to install roofing with more efficiency.

The final pitch teams will present their work before a panel of judges at an Oct. 21 event at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland. Would-be inventors are encouraged to create fundraising sites highlighting their efforts, with the money they raise going back into product creation.

The pitch contest was introduced in July with the intention of highlighting physical technology rather than IT or service-based ventures. Incubator executive director Dave Crain believes the competition did well to represent the diversity of product-centric innovation in Northeast Ohio.  

“Interest from the community and event partners has been very strong," Crain says. "Everyone is excited for the event and the opportunity to support a showcase of our rich product startup landscape."

cleveland can grow alongside robust fiber optic network, says panel

"Think big" was the theme of an Amplify Speaker Series luncheon on making the most of Northeast Ohio's steadily developing information technology presence.

The region must continue to expand its fiber optic infrastructure alongside ongoing efforts to transform Cleveland into a bustling tech hub with worldwide reach, said a foursome of panelists during the October 1 event sponsored by Contempo Communications.

The physical network itself is burgeoning, notes Lev Gonnick of OneCommunity, a nonprofit foundation helping to grow high-speed internet in Northeast Ohio. Since its founding in 2003, the organization has laid 111 miles of fiber in Cuyahoga County alone.

An advanced fiber optic/digital base transporting data at high speeds can be a boon for the area's already robust healthcare sector, says Kevin Goodman, managing director/partner of downtown Cleveland cloud-computing provider BlueBridge Networks. Crystal clear doctor-to-patient conferencing is just one example of how robust telecommunications can aid the industry.

If a healthy digital platform can help build industry and bring jobs, it will give Northeast Ohio an advantage in the hunt for young professionals over similarly sized markets, says Ashley Basile Oeken, executive director of Engage! Cleveland, a talent attraction/retention nonprofit.

"We're falling behind cities like Pittsburgh and Indianapolis in bringing in talent,"  Basile Oeken says. "Cleveland has to find ways to stand out."

Dan Young, founder of technology and design agency DXY, is looking beyond county, state and even national borders when it comes to connecting with the next wave of innovators. Young helped establish a DXY satellite office in Germany, an experience that showcased the need for Cleveland to attract immigrant brainpower.

"The city has to be bigger and bolder about the conversation it's having," he says.

Creating a regional tech epicenter here would make drawing dynamic folks of disparate backgrounds all the easier, says Joy Roller, panel facilitator and executive director of Global Cleveland.

"We need to be open to the flow of ideas and new people," she says. 

snapology cleveland aims to build STEM skills through play-based learning

Gina Cuffari, a mother of two boys who is Campus Director for the University of Phoenix Beachwood campus, has spent the past year looking for a business she could start with her children. Then she discovered Snapology – a combination of play and learning that uses Legos, Minecraft, gears, pulleys, Build-a-Bot and other fun stuff to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to 3-9 year olds. So she decided to create Snapology Cleveland, whose new tagline is “Shhh… Don’t tell them it’s education.”

“Talking to other parents and taking the kids to birthday parties, I realized there’s nothing like Snapology on the east side of Cleveland,” says Cuffari. “I visited the Snapology founders in Pittsburgh and fell in love with the curriculum. It’s simple and fun. It’s totally age appropriate and the building happens in teams.”

According to the website, Snapology was created by sisters Lisa and Laura Coe, "who observed the love their children had for creative play using building blocks and other materials that snap together. The idea of offering enrichment classes and camps to teach science, mathematics, technology and literacy concepts excited them given both of their backgrounds in mathematics and science."
With new offices set up at LaunchHouse, Snapology Cleveland will officially open on Wednesday, October 1st at 4 p.m. with Shaker Heights Mayor Earl Leiken presiding over a ribbon-cutting. Cuffari plans to offer classes, birthday parties, camps and playdates at various locations around Shaker and Beachwood.
Cuffari is partnering with the Fairmount Circle Ben and Jerry’s owner Jim Leikin to offer Snapology events in the ice cream shop’s basement. “We’ll be having our six-week Lego Engineers Let's Get Movin' class there in October,” she explains. “And we will likely follow with some fun themed classes like Adventures with Star Wars, Superheroes or Minecraft.”
Snapology will offer classes and winter camps in the Beachwood Community Center beginning in November. Cuffari also plans to partner with local school districts to offer after-school programming.
Recognizing that busy parents can't always stay for the entire duration of each class, Cuffari takes photos and video of the kids playing that parents can view on the Snapology website. With the stop-motion animation class, parents are invited to attend a movie premiere of their kids’ work.
Cuffari currently has one full-time employee and is recruiting area teachers who want to supplement their incomes.  “I’m hoping to find more people who are passionate about STEM education,” she says. I’m hoping to generate a buzz in the teaching community.” Candidates can get an appllication here.

baab writing uses bgv lessons to create its own funding

When Apryl Beverly signed up for the Bad Girl Ventures education program last spring, she had her eye set on winning the $25,000 loan awarded to one of the class finalists. What she ended up learning was how to make her business, BAAB Writing and Marketing, create its own success and income.
“The BGV program is geared around applying for a loan at the end of the class,” explains Beverly. “I was so, I need this money, I need this money. And when I didn’t get the loan I thought, what am I going to do now?”
What Beverly did was put the lessons she learned in the program to work and managed to drum up more than $26,000 in contracts from five clients between May and July. BAAB is a business writing service. Beverly and her staff assist their clients with writing business plans and proposals to coaching and marketing services.

“After moving past my pity party, I realized losing was the best thing for me,” says Beverly. “It's not about loans and competitions. It's about perseverance and the drive to make things happen.”

Before she started BAAB (the initials of her family members) in 2011, Beverly had worked in PR and marketing at a few different companies. She used her previous employers as a starting point to grow her own company. “I just started reaching out to previous employers, people I met in the BGV program; asking my existing clients to give me more work,” explains Beverly. “I had to be really focused and I said this is what I need to do. Now I’m not even looking for a loan. I realized I can do it without one.”

With BAAB’s growth, Beverly has been able to hire a part-time editor and a part-time writer to assist with the workload. Eventually, she plans to hire a full staff so she can focus on running BAAB.

ingenuity fest celebrates 10 years with engines of ingenuity summit

Ingenuity Fest will return to Cleveland Lakefront Dock 32, the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock Hall, this weekend, September 26-28, for its 10th year of highlighting and celebrating innovation in Cleveland. In addition to the music, art and technology demonstrations that attract attendees every year, Ingenuity is featuring some new attractions this year.

The event kicks off with an opening party at the Great Lakes Science Center, called “Science After Dark.” The adults-only party offers a chance to drink, mingle, explore the exhibits and see artists’ interpretations of technology in our lives.
A can’t-miss is a flame bonfire sculpture, powered by stationary bicycles, says Annie Weiss, Ingenuity’s marketing manager. “The faster you pedal, the brighter the flame is,” she explains.
Perhaps the most significant addition to Ingenuity Fest this year is the Engines of Ingenuity Summit on Saturday, September 27 at the Great Lakes Science Center. Hosted by Plain Dealer tech columnist Michael DeAloia, the summit schedule offers dialogs between large and small companies, exhibits and presentations.
Weiss says the summit grew out of the feedback from prior attendees. “We saw an opportunity for this market,” she says. “I feel like there are a lot of summits for entrepreneur startups or corporate businesses, but now a lot of connections between the two. We wanted to bring unlikely conversations to the event.”
Such unlikely conversations include Intellectual Property versus Open Space, featuring area business leaders. “It covers when do you share with the world what you made and when do you hold it close to you,” says Weiss. Other topics include Defining Audience, Hacking Health, and Games and Gaming.
The summit concludes with a presentation by Bizdom, The Art of the Pitch. “It’s learning how to explain and present your idea,” says Weiss. The pitch segment will feature area business founders and people experienced with pitching their companies.
Jeff Duerk, dean of the CWRU school of engineering, will deliver the keynote address, “The Maker Movement and the Future of Manufacturing.”

The summit is free to attend the day of the event, but advanced registration costs $5.
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