This week, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown visited LaunchHouse, a greater Cleveland business accelerator, to tour its facilities and to hold a round-table with local entrepreneurs. During his visit, Sen. Brown and LaunchHouse announced “Entrepreneurship Week,” an initiative that will bring entrepreneurs and investors to Cleveland.
“Cleveland Entrepreneurship Week” will connect entrepreneurs with the resources and knowledge needed to succeed while promoting collaboration with local leaders, investors, peers, and support organizations. Notable speakers will include Alexis Giles, VP of Business Development at MOX and former Google New Business Development team member; Paul Singh, Venture Partner at 500 Startups; and Chris Heivly, founder of MapQuest and managing director of The Startup Factory who will serve as moderator.
LaunchHouse provides a collaborative ecosystem designed to foster entrepreneurship through coworking spaces, educational programming and a vast resource network to help transform early-stage startups from ideas to successful businesses. Among those joining Sen. Brown at the roundtable were LaunchHouse, CEO, Todd Goldstein; Director of Economic Development for Shaker Heights, Tania Menesse; OneCommunity, COO, Brett Lindsey; and several CEOs from local Cleveland area businesses.
Sen. Brown has long supported entrepreneurialism in Northeast Ohio, and is the author of the Business Incubator Promotion Act, legislation which would make more communities in Ohio eligible to receive funds that support business incubators like LaunchHouse through the Economic Development Agency (EDA). Business incubators promote innovation and entrepreneurship, helping regions to create high-skill, high-wage jobs by providing support to existing and start-up companies.