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State funds bridge hard times, pave a path to success for Ohio entrepreneurs

Ohio Third Frontier's generous funding programs bolster startups from the pre-seed stage, over the "valley of death," and through commercialization.

The money guide

As a companion to our main feature, hiVelocity outlines some of Ohio's state-sponsored funding opportunities for the innovative and savvy.

Founder Focus: Nikita Eelen of AMVONET

The young powerhouse talks about juggling a burgeoning business and a new wife while furthering his education in quirky Alliance, Ohio.

Q & A: Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, manager of watershed programs, NEORSD

Stormwater run-off can overflow sewers, flood homes, erode roads and stream banks, and pollute waterways. Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District seeks to address these issues. Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, manager of watershed programs for NEORSD, explains what that means for residents.

Ohio's alternative office spaces: high tech, cool digs

A waterfront airport, a 120-year-old barge and an old brewery as office spaces? Adventurous members of Ohio's tech industry have already made the transitions a reality by elevating the green concept of reuse to a new level.

TechPint: a slideshow

TechPint is a new event series that mixes up innovation and networking at Cleveland's favorite watering holes. It kicked off last month and hiVelocity has the pictures to prove it!

Ohio: 5,000 interns and counting

Ohio's internship programs fight young adult brain drain by preparing ready-made talent for employers and give budding professionals a solid path to success.

VFA alum, East Coast native grows roots in Ohio

Last year, Dan Bloom moved from the East Coast to Ohio to become a Venture for America Fellow. Now he has a full-time gig of his own and plans to launch his own startup, a new eatery in Cincinnati.

Suburban tech centers: where community meets co-working

Inventors and entrepreneurs are finding new homes in Ohio cities--but not the ones full of expressways and skyscrapers. Tech centers, community maker spaces and business accelerators are popping up in the not-so-sleepy suburbs, where they blend co-working, convenience and community.

Health care innovations: good therapy for Ohio and beyond

From healing nectars to the amazing new world of genetic engineering, health care innovations in Ohio will nurture the most fragile patients.

Founder Focus: Matt Braun of Magnate Interactive

Toledo entrepreneur Matt Braun is on fire with a red hot new social game app, SketchParty TV.

Cleveland developer teams with non-profits to flip vacant homes on a dime

One creative Cleveland developer has partnered with local nonprofits to turn urban blight into fallow, flipping dilapidated vacant homes for as much as it would cost to demolish them. The frugal concept works courtesy of a keen focus on minimalism, material reuse and upcycling.

Ohio's R & D frontier spawns jobs, innovation and visibility

Providing funds to explore a cutting edge food processing technique, establish a national 3D printing innovation hub and attract a Global Technical Center are just some of the ways Ohio Third Frontier’s Industrial Research Development Center Program supports public-private collaboration in order to spawn innovation and create jobs.

Building up STEAM: Adding the arts into STEM education efforts

Right brain versus left brain? The age-old myth has some modern day challengers. New STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) advocates are calling for arts integration -- and the movement is building as schools across Ohio use the arts to enhance creativity and problem-solving.

Entrepreneurs riding the road to success thanks to growing bike-based economy

Cleveland is joining cool cities across the nation as they embrace a bicycling culture that provides alternative transportation while encouraging healthy living -- and a healthy $6 billion industry across the U. S. alone.
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