Recently, someone from a local water technology company told Bryan Stubbs that the business might join the Cleveland Water Alliance. The main reason? It wants a subscription to SplashLink.com. Since last fall, the Beachwood-based website has signed up hundreds of paid subscribers, all of whom are somehow tied to the water industry.
The concept smacks of that 1966 movie, Fantastic Voyage: Cleveland startup Surgical Theater has developed a virtual reality software system that allows surgeons to journey through a patient’s body to get acquainted with the surgical site in advance of a complicated operation.
The Innovation Fund has never been limited to Lorain County — but the nonprofit’s latest round of awards reaches all the way to Mansfield and Alliance. The fund has awarded a total of $200,000 to five young tech companies in Northeast Ohio, according to a news release.
The Lorain Community College Foundation in Ohio has even started a venture capital fund to help incubate tech companies in northeast Ohio. Recipients in the fund are required to provide an entrepreneurial educational opportunity or internship for students, faculty or staff at Lorain County Community College or one of our partnering higher education institutions.
The owners of Banyan Technology moved in 2001 to Lorain County with an idea for meeting a need for new technology in the shipping industry. Since then through shepherding by the Great Lakes Innovation Development Enterprise, or GLIDE, and renting office space in a Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Building, Banyan grew to 24 employees.
It’s safe to say Garrett Nees’ grandfather, a farmer all his life, was skeptical when he heard the 18-year-old say he had found a new way to improve their crop yield. “My grandpa thought I was crazy,” he says, unable to hold back a laugh. The family-owned farm in Breeda, Iowa, is home to hogs, cattle and thousands of acres of corn, so much corn that it’s impossible to gain an accurate assessment of the crop on foot. Nees would have to take to the air.