The Summer EDGE Fellows shared their recommendations to drive new business growth for NE Ohio companies through their research this summer to a room full of area business and university leaders, mentors, and students at DigitalC’s Mid-Town Tech Hive on July 31 during the 13th Annual EDGE Fellows Presentation & Reception. The 6 graduate-level students (Daniel Dallas, Cameron Holmes, Garima Jha, Zach Lawson, Akash Menon and Annie Morino) represented Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University. The Fellows worked with 3 NE Ohio companies Cres Cor, Regency Construction and Surface Materials.
Six entrepreneurial graduate-level interns were assigned in cross-functional teams of two to study the feasibility of new business ideas from regionally-based companies over the course of the 10-week program. EDGE assigned business mentors to student teams, linked students with host companies, and connected them with industry experts to assist with their research efforts. The Fellows met together each Friday to share the progress they’ve made and to share insights with each other. Friday meeting hosts included: Falls Communications, Hyland Software, Clearsulting, The Technology House, LeanDog, Akron Children’s Hospital, Marcus Thomas, Calyx Peak, and JumpStart Inc.
Since 2007, the EDGE Fellows Program has researched 87 projects – of which over 50% have generated new revenue for Northeast Ohio. Plus, over 60% of EDGE Fellows choose to stay in Northeast Ohio following graduation, creating a great network of young leaders.
The EDGE Fellowship Program helps companies validate and pursue new business ideas to benefit Northeast Ohio by providing quality market research and actionable recommendations to senior leaders. The program provides Fellows a rich entrepreneurial experience, cultivates the soft skills, and aims to keep Fellows connected in the region well beyond graduation.
This two-month paid summer internship identifies talented primarily graduate-level students that are interested in business development and innovation to conduct feasibility and data analyses on new business ideas submitted by business leaders across Northeast Ohio.
Chris Keller (Chris@edgef.org; 216-346-6300)