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The Entrepreneurs EDGE, a non-profit organization devoted to developing the Northeast Ohio region through education, innovation, and relationship building.

The Entrepreneurs EDGE, a non-profit organization devoted to developing the Northeast Ohio region through education, innovation, and relationship building.

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  • Great Business Mentors: Lubrizol, Jones Day, Ogleby Norton, Fortune 500 consultantsSmart Solutions: - becoming most profitable line; hired EDGE Fellow in 2009
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    • 1. Develop
      The Entrepreneurs EDGE
      The Entrepreneurs EDGE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps Northeast Ohio mid-market companies grow in value by creating programs, services, and events and by fostering economic development through education, innovation, and relationship building.
    • 2. Two-month paid internship
      Conduct feasibility studies on new business ideas with local companies
      Plug-in to Northeast Ohio’s vastentrepreneurial community
      Great exposure and networking
      Candidates will be accepted through April 2011
      Accredited course on innovation management led by regional practitioners of innovation
      Engage with other entrepreneurial students and professionals
      Great exposure to great companies
      Classes meet Saturday mornings in Independence, Ohio
      Student Programs
      Experiential Learning Opportunities
      2011 EDGE FellowsSummer Intern Program
      Fall 2011InnoQuest Program
    • 3. EDGE Fellows Summer Intern Program

      My summer internship (EDGE Fellows program) enabled me to take classroom theory and put it into a practical experience…
      -- Chris Schmitt

    • 4. EDGE Fellows Program
      The program will…
      Ask business leaders for any great new business ideas.
      Recruit top students to perform due diligence on ideas.
      Pair students with business mentors to conduct research.
    • 5. EDGE Fellows Program
      Students leave with…
      • A meaningful educational experience.
      • 6. New opportunities and new relationships.
      • 7. Reasons to stay here in Northeast Ohio.
    • EDGE Fellows Program
      EDGE Fellows 2007-2010
      • Recruited 61 students from 11 colleges and universities.
      • 8. Studied 33 new business ideas.
      • 9. Provided value-added research to business leaders.
      • 10. Helped to create new ventures and new opportunities.
      • 11. Retained top talent in NEO.
      From 2008 and 2009, 24 of 35 EDGE Fellows have chosen to stay and work in NEO.
    • 12. EDGE Fellows Program
      Research Assignments:
      • Teams of two students research one new business idea.
      • 13. Idea generators, business mentors, and EDGE staff provide support.
      • 14. Projects assigned based on the students’ interests and backgrounds.
      • 15. Group engages through topical discussions, peer reviews, and benchmarking.
      Public Presentations
      Final Presentations
      to Idea Generator
      Two-month research period
    • 16. Program Successes
      Participant Satisfaction:
       Overall Student Satisfaction (10-point scale)
       Over 80% of the Idea Generators plan to implement some or all of the student recommendations
      New Business Ventures:
       Carroll Manufacturing: Flavor Wraps ($1m+)
      Smart Solutions: untapped IP and SaaS
      Fairmount Minerals: pH-neutral colored gravels and complementary colored sand market
       World Shipping: provisional patent on how to change traditional methods of shipping liquids
       Eco-Clad: EPA-approved non-toxic coating for marine applications
    • 17. 2007 Success Story
      Edible Film – Flavor Wrap
      • Carroll Manufacturing ($30+M)
      • 18. Headquartered in Avon, Ohio
       Started venture in January 2008
       Working with companies like Tyson, Smithfield, and Boar’s Head
      • (2008) $500K in Sales
      • 19. (2009) $750+K in Sales
      • 20. (2010) $1M+ in Sales
    • 2008 Success Story
      SAS Program – HR Management for School Systems
       Smart Solutions, Beachwood ($25M )
       Un-utilized intellectual property
       Hired EDGE Fellow to run the program
       Anticipates this division to become one of their most profitable ventures.
    • 21. Fall InnoQuest Program

      This provided a fresh new perspective that complemented other graduate studies… 
      -- Paul Evans

    • 22. EDGE Fellows Program
      The program will…
      Engage leaders of innovation to teach class sessions for students and business professionals.
      Recruit top students interested in innovation & entrepreneurship to enroll in accredited program.
      Introduce students to internship opportunities with greatlocal companies.
      Thomas Edison was neither the first nor the only person trying to invent the electric light AKA light bulb.
    • 23. EDGE Fellows Program
      Students leave with…
      • A meaningful educational experience.
      • 24. New opportunities and new relationships.
      • 25. New ideas, methods, and best practices.
      • 26. Training in innovation management.

      I know this has been the best class of my MBA degree…
      -- CarolinMargieh

    • 27. To Apply
      Currently Seeking:
      • 14-16 full-time summer interns (EDGE Fellows Program)
      • 28. Entrepreneurially-minded
      • 29. Great communicators (verbally and in writing)
      • 30. Graduate-level students (preferred) from any discipline
      • 31. Interested in working in Northeast Ohio
      • 32. Students with interest in innovation (InnoQuest Program)
      • 33. Entrepreneurially-minded
      • 34. Graduate-level students from any discipline
      • 35. Strong interest in innovation management
      • 36. Proven academic track record
      To Apply 
      Letter of Interest • Resume • References
    • 37. To Apply 
      Christopher Keller, Program Director
      The Entrepreneurs EDGE
      Independence Technology Center6801 Brecksville Road, STE 160Independence, OH 44131-5065