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Business leaders to share 'One Crucial Thing' to survive during pandemic at Ohio's biggest entrepreneurial event of 2020

Each of the 20 presenters will have 2 minutes to share one crucial thing for entrepreneurs to thrive.

CLEVELAND — The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in unprecedented challenges for businesses of all sizes.  

To help startups get a handle on how to thrive during these uncertain times, North Coast Ventures and PNC Bank will be presenting 'One Crucial Thing,' a Zoom event involving more than 20 presenters on Wednesday evening at 5:00 p.m.

The event is billed as Ohio's biggest entrepreneurial event of 2020. 

Within a startup community, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations all play important roles in the transfer of intellectual capital through constant interaction, free-flowing information, and iterative learning. The three groups have been brought together for one night of shared perspectives on those crucial things that make all the difference.

Each of the 20 presenters will have 2 minutes to share one crucial thing for entrepreneurs to survive and thrive amidst the current economic crisis. 

The list of presenters includes several from Cleveland: Akram Boutros (CEO of MetroHealth), Eddie Taylor (President of Oswald Companies), Gil Van Bokkelen (CEO of Athersys), and Sue Tyler, Former CFO of Medical Mutual.

Those from outside Cleveland who will be presenting include Brad Feld (one of best known venture capitalists globally), Adam Bain (former COO of Twitter), and Mark Roberge (Harvard Business School professor).

Attendees will be asked to complete a poll to indicate their favorite insight of the event. The winning presenter receive a $1,000 donation to the COVID-19 related non-profit of their choice.  Candidate organizations include The Greater Cleveland Foodbank, COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, MetroHealth Foundation, DigitalC and Empowering Youth Exploring Justice.

Closing remarks will be made by acclaimed futurist Laura Nissen, as she shares her thoughts on “what’s next."

"The task of building and scaling great startups is daunting in good times. In the current COVID crisis, it is doubly so. As we hear much about our country’s “opening back up,” it strikes me that our startups never closed in the first place. Sure they were disrupted, they shifted to 100% remote work, and had to endure challenges related to their teams, their investors and their customers. But they never shut down because that’s not what startups do," says Todd Federman, Managing Director of North Coast Ventures.

To register for this evening's event, click here. 

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