“Innovation is the unrelenting drive to break the status quo and develop anew where few have dared to go.” — Steven Jeffes, marketing & business expert
March 22, 2021
CID on track
The Cincinnati Innovation District (CID) said it’s on track to reach its goals of ultimately creating 20,000 new jobs and $3 billion in annual economic impact to the region, while accelerating STEM graduates by 15,000 students and research by $2 billion.
Kroger partners with 80 Acres Farm
80 Acres Farms, one of Cincy’s fastest growing startups, has expanded its partnership with Kroger in a deal that would increase access to fresh products to more communities across the Midwest.
GE Aviation volunteers
Two engineers from GE Aviation are volunteering as mentors and tutors at Lincoln Heights Elementary. The goal is to share their passion for science and to be role models for students in the historic Black community.
Empowering Black entrepreneurs
Queen City Angels and Black Achievers, Inc. are collaborating on the goal of connecting, educating and economically empowering Black entrepreneurs about the roles angel investing and venture capital play in fueling the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Why Ohio is so attractive
An article by Fast Company outlines the reasons that Ohio has been luring businesses from other states, setting it up to be fertile ground for an economic boom.
Cincinnati Children's and biotech
With $5 million from Ohio Third Frontier, Cincinnati Children's Hospital will add to its Tomorrow Fund. The fund will aid Cincinnati Children's biotechnology efforts.
Tech-enabled patient engagement
PatientPoint has announced that it has combined with Outcome Health to create PatientPoint Health Technologies™—a new platform company that offers tech-enabled patient engagement solutions. The combined entity will be majority owned by a group of investors including funds managed by L Catterton and Littlejohn & Co., LLC.
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State of Change: Inclusivity, Access, & Impact
What does it mean - and what does it take - to make space in the world of innovation for people who have never before had the chance? Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman has made a career out of doing this - from startups to consulting and now at the state level, working as Executive Director of Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV). Hear her talk with our host Ben Reno-Weber about the real value found in encouraging diverse perspectives.
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InvestMidwest connects Rezilient Health with the right people
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St. Louis startup Rezilient Health is building an alternative care delivery platform. The company’s co-founders are Jeff Gamble, who received a PhD in neuro-engineering from Washington University, and Dr. Danish Nagda, an ENT specialist and serial entrepreneur.
Last year, Rezilient Health participated in the InvestMidwest event. Dr. Nagda presented and he talked with us about the InvestMidwest experience:
Tell us about Rezilient Health
Dr. Nagda: Rezilient is a robotic telehealth company that expands on the current capabilities of telehealth 1.0 by providing physicians the ability to perform physical exams, ultrasounds, and eventually minor procedures over the internet.
Our software platform allows physicians to not only provide standard video visits, but also remotely control the positioning of medical devices through touch gestures on their local computer that send commands to a telerobotic interface that is located with the patient at another physician’s office, pharmacy, nursing home, etc. While some vendors provide smart devices for basic exams, they require the patient, family member, or nurse extender to perform what is an “operator-dependent” exam, which takes the objective assessment out of the hands of the physician who was trained to do so.
What was InvestMidwest like?
Dr. Nagda: InvestMidwest was part of the momentum we needed to connect with the right people. The event is usually in person but last year it was virtual. It gave us access and connections and that’s a huge deal.
InvestMidwest is collaborating with the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) at the University of Michigan for the 2021 Midwest Venture Showcase scheduled for April 27-28, 2021. Panels will include "Why Invest in the Midwest," "Diversity & Inclusion in Investing," and "Midwest Unicorns are Real."
For more information on applying, attending, or sponsoring the Showcase, please visit www.investmidwestforum.com or email Phyllis Ellison (InvestMidwest) or www.midwestgcs.com or Emily Zaycosky (MGCS).
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AROUND THE REGION
We hope you enjoy these headlines from the latest issue of Flyover Future, chronicling innovation throughout the Midwest. If you'd like to subscribe to Flyover Future, click here.
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