Summer EDGE Fellows – Drive Business Growth

July 31, 2018

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 JumpStart on July 31 during the 12th Annual EDGE Fellows Presentation & Reception. The 10 graduate-level students (Mohammed Al-kalbani, Dominic DeMore, Kendall Furbee, Roman Kowalysko, Anuj Nirwal, Shobhit Sen, Alexandra Vago, Cheyenne Wu, Holly Zaso, and Chris Yi) represented Case Western Reserve University, The University of Akron, Ohio University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Pennsylvania. The Fellows worked with 5 NE Ohio companies (Harrison Paint Company, Hemex Health, Lumitex, Inc., Montville Plastics & Rubber, and Viscus Biologics) on market studies addressing 3D printing for pharmaceutical/therapeutics drug discovery and testing, coatings and paint, medical device for sickle cell and malaria detection in Africa, LED lighting and plastics for new markets. The EDGE Fellows – Class of 2018 Biographies

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10 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: BioEnterprise / Plug and Play Cleveland, Bounce Innovation Hub, Deloitte Consulting, DigitalC, Dwellworks, Hyland Software, Insight2Profit, JumpStart and LeanDog. Summary of the 2018 Program

Special thanks for support provided by: the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio.

About the Summer EDGE Fellows Program:

The EDGE Fellows Program provides business leaders with affordable due diligence in a confidential manner by a proven program that has helped leaders make informed business decisions in pursuing new markets or opportunities, assess data more effectively and launch multiple new ventures.

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.


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