The Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition gives entrepreneurs the chance to win up to $25,000 to grow their ventures.

Startups with founding teams of at least one current Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) student or recent alumni (within the last five years) are eligible to apply. Due diligence will be conducted by Case Western Reserve University Professor Scott Shane’s Entrepreneurial Finance Class, with support from industry experts.

Six finalists will then receive assistance from JumpStart Inc. to hone their pitch before taking the stage at a demo day competition on May 29, 2019, where judges will select first ($25,000), second ($15,000) and third place ($10,000) winners. Monetary prizes will be provided by JumpStart. In addition, the three winners will also receive six months of free office space at Glenville Circle North, courtesy of The Finch Group, legal support from Thompson Hine, business assistance from the Gener8tor startup accelerator and accounting support from Ernst & Young.

The deadline to enter the competition has passed.
Check back soon for details about attending the pitch event as a spectator.

Competition Sponsors

Morgenthaler Family Charitable Foundation
David Morgenthaler was an icon in the American venture capital industry. Passing away in 2016, he left a lasting impact on the venture industry. Learn more about his work here.

Weatherhead School of Management
Directed by Scott Shane, the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, this program aims to stimulate student entrepreneurship and develop high-potential companies. Learn more about the Weatherhead School of Management here.

The Pavey Family Fund
Launched by Bob Pavey, managing partner of Pavey Investments and partner emeritus at Cleveland-based Morgenthaler Ventures, the Pavey Family Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Cleveland Foundation dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio.

JumpStart is a nonprofit venture development organization based in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s mission is to unlock the full potential of diverse entrepreneurs in order to transform entire communities. Learn more about their mission here.

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services they deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over.

Thompson Hine
Thompson Hine LLP is a full-service business law firm with approximately 400 lawyers in 7 offices. With offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, New York and Washington, D.C., Thompson Hine serves premier businesses worldwide.

gener8tor is a nationally ranked accelerator that invests in and supports the growth of high-tech startups through a network of experienced mentors, technologists, corporate partners, angel investors and venture capitalists.

The Finch Group
The Finch Group is a full-service, vertically integrated real estate firm with 30+ years of hands-on experience in asset management, consulting evaluating, developing, rehabilitating, marketing and managing multifamily residential, commercial, hotel and mixed-use properties.

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