Tickets Still Available to Attend Inaugural ProtoTech Pitch Contest

ProtoTechThe Incubator at MAGNET (the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network) announced today that registration is still open and tickets are still available for the first annual ProtoTech pitch competition and event, taking place Tuesday, October 21 at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Those interested can register here.

ProtoTech is an exciting pitch competition and networking event focusing on Northeast Ohio’s most promising startups whose technology is embedded in a physical product or process. Those who attend will see the contest’s six start-up finalists pitch their product innovations, ranging from safer real-time x-ray imaging to robotic roofing machines.

Audience members will use Turning Technologies’ audience response technology to vote along with a panel of judges for the top presentations. The top teams will receive a multiplier for their funds raised during the competition and over half of every ticket purchased will benefit the multiplier prize pool.

During the event’s intermission, there will be a guided discussion on the risks and rewards of product entrepreneurship between three local successful entrepreneurial founders: Blake Squires, CEO of Movable; David Levine, president of Wireless Environment, LLC; and Pete Mitchell, co-founder of Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream.

There will also be prime networking opportunities for those who attend, particularly after the event where beer, wine and heavy appetizers will be available. ProtoTech event partners that are also attending include NASA, Fresh Water Cleveland, SmartShape Design, Scientific Entrepreneur Evaluations, Cleveland Whiskey and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Anyone wishing to register for the event or receive further details can visit the ProtoTech web site or register for The Incubator at MAGNET online newsletter.

Interested parties can also contact davey.crain directly at 216-432-5310 or

Posted by MAGNET Ohio in Events, Incubator

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