An Introduction to the Innovation Economy of Northeast Ohio

Ten years ago, Northeast Ohio was derogatorily referred to as part of the "Rust Belt". Today, however, Northeast Ohio is recognized as having one of the most robust Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the country. This video provides an Introduction to the Innovation Economy of North East Ohio which every Northeast Ohio high school and college student should know about. (8 min)

About The Presenter:
Mr. John Klipfell, Executive Director, Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio


Mr. Klipfell is a non-practicing CPA, retired American Greetings Corporation Senior Executive and Internal Entrepreneur, small business owner and entrepreneur, former non-profit organization executive director and entrepreneur, and Scholarship of Entrepreneurial Engagement (SEE) Program Founder and Author. He is currently EEO Executive Director and SEE Program Director.

During his twenty-five year career at American Greetings, Mr. Klipfell held a number of executive positions in accounting, international operations, general management, marketing and as an internal entrepreneur. In this later capacity, he was responsible for developing American Greetings' CreataCard kiosk business, consumer software business, and Internet marketing business. At the time of his retirement in 2000, he was President and CEO of AmericanGreetings.com.

Since his retirement from the corporate world, Mr. Klipfell has been involved in a number of commercial and philanthropic entrepreneurial initiatives, including development of a family-owned business, several programs to help the needy, and the development of the SEE program. Mr. Klipfell has a keen interest and awareness of the global economy, having lived and worked overseas, as well as having visited more than one hundred countries. Mr. Klipfell has a bachelor's degree in business from Bowling Green State University, where he has been recognized by the University and its Alumni Board of Trustees as an Accomplished Graduate of the College of Business Administration.