ProtoTech pitches value of entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio

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Calling all entrepreneurs!

The Incubator at MAGNET (The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network) is proud to present ProtoTech:PITCH, a groundbreaking entrepreneurial contest designed to highlight product-focused technology and consumer startups in Northeast Ohio.

Set to take place at the Ariel International Center, the marquee event will occur in late October and features select startups presenting their products for cash prizes. Additional services, like complimentary branding, prototyping hours, and entrepreneurial benchmarking, have been donated by MAGNET and its partners. Valuable networking opportunities and a demonstration room featuring contestant prototypes will also be available prior to the presentations.

“The ProtoTech events – PITCH and INVEST – attempt to shine a spotlight on the exciting diversity of product innovation in Northeast Ohio,” said davey.crain, Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Services at MAGNET. “I’m excited as many supporters and investors are telling me we’re on to something.   The INVEST event earlier this year was as good as any investment event on the Coasts.”

Held in Oct. 2014, the inaugural ProtoTech pitch event drew more than 150 attendees and featured six finalists who battled for more than $25,000 in funding. Everykey founder and Case Western alum Chris Wentz secured the $12,000 grand prize, while Michael Baird of Robonail walked away with the $7500 second-place winnings as well as the award for Audience Favorite.

Wentz, whose company manufactures electronic wristbands designed to eliminate the need for passwords, boasts a successful Kickstarter campaign and raised more than $1 million since his ProtoTech victory.

“The day after ProtoTech 2014, we received [more than] 10 press inquiries because of the event,” Wentz said. “The timing was perfect because just a few days later, we launched our Kickstarter campaign which was immediately covered by all of the press outlets that reached out to us!”

ProtoTech:PITCH 2015 will be held Oct. 29 in Cleveland.  Startups interested in submitting a pitch should contact davey.crain at david.crain@magnetwork.org. Attendees can register at our Eventbrite page.

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