Mansfield SunDown RunDown
Bringing entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and talent together to make great connections and build some businesses.
If you have an idea and you want to make it happen, SunDown RunDown is the best place to showcase your idea. We are a community based group that organizes events to bring entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and talent to talk, bounce ideas off of each other and maybe, just maybe, team up and make something happen in the business community.
Here's how it works:
1) Submit your idea and 5-slide PowerPoint deck to us. We will review it and get back to you.
2) If selected, we'll schedule you to pitch at the next event – and you better show up!
3) You will pitch, get feedback on your idea, and maybe make a connection to help move your idea further. And we do this at night – typically at a great after-work watering hole – and we try to get 4 pitches in during that time.
4) Each pitch is exactly five minutes, and we allow exactly five minutes for questions from the attendees.
5) Audience members are expected to give critical, but constructive feedback to the pitched business idea.
So...the next event is scheduled for:
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 6-8pm
Old Bag of Nails, 625 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield.
That happens to coincide with their happy hour specials!
To apply to pitch go to http://www.sundownrundown.org/pitch.asp
To register to attend go to http://www.sundownrundown.org/mansfield.asp
The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Participants will be responsible for their own food and beverages. Purchase of alcohol will require an approved form of identification.
For additional information call 419 610-5924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SunDown RunDown is the premiere event for entrepreneurs and small business owners to make connections with the talent to help take their business idea forward.
|Hyperlocal funds help boost Ohio entrepreneurship|
Hyperlocal funds help boost Ohio entrepreneurship
Article by Lee Chilcote from HiVelocity to view entire article use this link.
To spur economic development and create jobs in their communities, several Ohio cities have created new, hyperlocal funds that offer attractive financing to entrepreneurs that may have the next great business idea, yet lack the actual cash to implement it. The catch? They must be willing to put down roots and grow their businesses locally.
One example of a growing Ohio business that recently took advantage of such hometown love is ManuscriptTracker, a Wooster-based firm that sells web-based software that automates the peer review process for academic journals. Co-founder Brian Boyer says a $35,000 deferred-payment loan from the Wooster Opportunities Loan Fund made it possible for him to bring his product to market last year.
"We saw lots of potential to grow our business, but funding is very hard to come by for start-up software companies," says Boyer, a Wooster native. "Thanks to receiving funding last year, we were able to develop a market version of our software, as well as sales resources such as a database, marketing collateral and potential client list."
ManuscriptTracker's software organizes and automates peer review tracking for busy academics that don't have the time or resources to manage the process themselves. The stringent nature of the peer review process, particularly with scientific journals, often necessitates involving as many as 20 individuals in a single review.
"To be published in an academic journal, your work must be vetted by the research of your peers, but that means asking top researchers to set aside their time," explains Boyer. "We simplify and organize the process and provide helpful reporting forms. We also help academics to track who in their network is quick and knowledgeable."
With the assistance of the economic development nonprofit Jumpstart, similar hyperlocal funds have also been created in Barberton, Canton and Mansfield.
As the New Year kicked off, ManuscriptTracker had already secured one new client, and Boyer says he's hopeful that the new software will attract additional clients soon.
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