"The two words in the name aptly describe the mission of this independent body, and today Innovation Collaborative is THE most visible advocate for entrepreneurship in the Erie region. Leaders of the collaborative today are following the 77 recommendations from a Jumpstart review of Erie’s need to catalyze entrepreneurship support as a key economic development strategy. Their “Disrupt Erie Awards” calling attention to entrepreneurial efforts, and their “Collegiate Innovation Showcase” doing the same for what’s happening at our academic institutions, are two event examples of how Innovation Collaborative is supporting and calling attention to the largely untapped potential of our entrepreneurial ecosystem."Jim Dible, Retired CEO – Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership Retired CEO – Times Publishing Company
"... the independent voice of innovators, facilitating, measuring, and communicating progress for northwest PA's entrepreneurial ecosystem ..."
Aziz Hadzavdic, Custom Autobody Bill Scholz & Sean Fedorko, Radius CoWork Christopher Trott, Second Chance Restoration & Design Duane Clement, Data Inventions Heidi Lutz, Juice Jar Jon Whaley, The Barn Door Hardware Store Kent Williamson, Hawk Bats Mat Silva, RendrFX Sherri Jardina, Dooplii Thomas Laird, Expivia Interaction Marketing Group, Inc.
CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Brian Sprague, Sprague Farm and Brew works Chris Adelhart, Pariah Knives David Hunter, Epic Web Studios Gregory S. Hayes, North Coast Flight School inc. Jack and Sheila Barton, Out of the Grey Coffee Jennifer & Terri Reed, Relish, Inc. Jessica Yochim, Menajerie Studio Joe Ferralli, Ferralli Studios John C. Lyons, Lyons Den Productions Jordan Held, Gus Trauth, & Adam Calfee, MoreFrames, Inc Leah Show, Candlebox Company Mat Silva, RendrFX
WOMAN OR MINORITY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Carolyn Toboz Hayes, North Coast UAS Christine Hills, Le-vel Dr. Nicole Lavery, Lavery Brewing Company Emily George, Pointe Foure Boutique Erin Green, Verify Services Fred Williams, Climate Changers, Inc Jessica Yochim Taylor, Menajerie Studios Karen Rzepecki, ReCap Liz Freitag, Peninsula Pups Doggie Daycare Peggy J. Allin, Flagship Trolley Richard Davis, D'Lish Subs & Deli Sondralee Orengia, Custom Audio
STARTUP CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Ben Franklin Technology Partners Alice DeGeorge, Presque Isle Printing Attorney Adam Williams, Erie Business Law Jason Drohn, Leveling Up LLC Perry Wood, ECGRA
SOCIAL IMPACT ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Faith Kindig, Erie Sproutz Fred Williams, Climate Changers, Inc Jennifer Dennehy, Hoops by Dennehy Jim Berlin, Logistics Plus Inc. Joe Prischak, Africa6000 International / Plastek Jonathan D'Silva, MMI Intellectual Property Kyle Kaulis, Real Audio R.J. & Jamie Messenger, Iron Empire Richard Wachter, DeMarcoWachter CPA Firm Shawn Keough Hartz, Provider Resources
Joel Deuterman, Velocity Network Joseph Prischak, Plastek Mat Silva, RendrFX Mr. Tom Kennedy, Professional Development Associates Tim Katen, Plastikos
What's your business worth? Join us as co-sponsors, Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Co. with presenter Kelly Byers and Attorney Adam Williams, share key information about calculating the value of your business!
The venue, McCoy's Barrelhouse and Grill, including their grilled cheese bar provides for a networking event that gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded entrepreneurs, learn a little something, and socialize!
If you haven't been, now is your chance! See you there! RSVP here.
Support NWPA Business Spotlight Meeting is back! We look forward to seeing everyone for some great networking and collaborating! On November 8th, we will be meeting at the City Mission at 1023 French St., Erie, PA this month. Our host will be our one and only, Andy Kerr!
The Erie City Mission is leader in the field of rescue and recovery for over 100 years. The meeting will start at 6:30pm to 7:00pm for social mingling and 7:00pm – 9:00pm for the Spotlight.
Support NWPA Business Spotlight Meetings welcome you to join us with your business cards, warm handshake and willingness to meet and share with other entrepreneurs. Our events require no monetary or time obligation; together it is our goal to support the growth of your business in our region.
Congratulations toONCOLINXfor winning our $1 MILLION top prize, and congrats to all of our other winners! We can't wait to welcome the entire 43North Class of 2016 to Buffalo!
MILLION DOLLAR WINNER
Oncolinx $600,000 WINNER
HigherMe $500,000 WINNERS
Bounce Imaging PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINNER
The Wealth Factory
43North is the $5 million startup competition. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Buffalo Billion initiative is the primary funding source for 43North, with support from the New York Power Authority, and many others. To see a complete list of sponsors, click here.
Disclaimer - Innovation Collaborative supports initiatives for growth in northwest Pennsylvania's Entrepreneurial environment. We amplify messages about events and opportunities from our partners in an effort to increase awareness.