Startups: Unfettered Innovation With More Support Than Ever
With the growth of investment options (like crowdfunding), low-cost infrastructure (like the free offers from Amazon and Microsoft), and incredible speed of viral communication, startups are enabled to innovate more than ever before. The flat earth effect of these and other offers results in wider distribution of startup ecosystems, beyond the traditional hotspots of Silicon Valley and Boston.
The DeSai Group has been active in formative Connecticut “Innovation Ecosystem” efforts (with $4.8M soon to be released by the State for incubation hubs and advisory resources). Another emerging innovation center is Cleveland!
LauchHouse is an Ohio-based seed capital investment fund, like Y-Combinator or Tech Stars, offering $25,000.00 investments to 10 technology based entrepreneurial-teams. This isn’t targeting the local ecosystem, but rather is available for startups worldwide. LaunchHouse has played to its geographic strengths and embraced its city's identity to foster a creative and successful environment for entrepreneurs in Cleveland.
You can learn more at http://www.launchhouse.com/accelerator/