LaunchHouse is a business accelerator and collaborative entrepreneurial co-working space in Shaker Heights making an impact on Cleveland's Eastside. Mr. Caldwell discusses LaunchHouse's many activities and its own thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and takes you on a walking tour of the facility.

About Shaker LaunchHouse: LaunchHouse is a lean business accelerator located in Shaker Heights, Ohio that fosters entrepreneurial success and job creation through investing cash, hard word, and collaboration with interested like-minded people. Its mission is to create a hub of entrepreneurial innovation for promising startups and to help transform ideas into successful companies. LaunchHouse manages a growing portfolio of innovative startups. It focuses on promising entrepreneurs and ideas that have a high growth potential, and can quickly achieve market validation with a "small" financial outlay. It recruits, supports and coaches these ventures from idea to profitable business. LaunchHouse has provided over $380,000 in investment capital since its inception in 2009. Through development efforts, its community of mentors, connections with interns and a network of investors, these companies were able to raise over $9 million in follow-on funding.

About The Presenter:
Mr. Dar Caldwell, Director of Entrepreneurship / Partner

Mr. Caldwell is a co-founder of LaunchHosue, a Cleveland-based business accelerator and collaborative, entrepreneurial co-working space. Located in Shaker Heights, LaunchHouse invests money, mentor-ship, and business development resources into promising entrepreneurs to quickly turn their ideas into start-up companies. In collaboration with the City of Shaker Heights, LaunchHouse transformed a 23,000 square foot abandoned car dealership into a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that is home to over 100 startups and entrepreneurs. Dar is passionate about cultivating strong local and regional support for the entrepreneur community NE Ohio. He serves as a board member for several young professional organizations and start-ups as well as the Cornell Center for Transformative Action, Cornell Club of NEO, Ohio Homecoming, IngenuityFest, and BS Landscape Architecture. Mr. Caldwell is a graduate of Cornell University. He was recently featured in Crain's Cleveland Business "Who's Who: 150 Names to Know in Cleveland which is a list of business leaders and innovators.