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April 12, 2011  |  News Release #14897  |  Contact: Joe Mosbrook, 216.523.7279,
Shaker LaunchHouse and CSU Accelerated MBA Host Idea Competition

Shaker|LaunchHouse and Cleveland State University's Nance College of Business are hosting a business idea competition designed to foster the entrepreneurial success of our region's most innovative students.

The competition is a semi-annual event open to students from any Northeast Ohio college or university. Students pitch business concepts to a panel of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, CSU business faculty and staff from Shaker LaunchHouse. Winners receive a scholarship for the Global Accelerated MBA program at Cleveland State University and startup support from Shaker|LaunchHouse.

Students from any discipline may submit their ideas at until noon on April 25. The judges will seek ideas related to software and innovative technology solutions but will consider other opportunities as well.

Finalists will make a two-minute pitch before a panel of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists on May 5 at Shaker|LaunchHouse at 3558 Lee Road in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The winner will receive $2,500 scholarship to the Global Accelerated MBA program along with a prize basket of support services from LaunchHouse, including an initial $1,000 investment, incubation space, legal support, accounting support, and business planning assistance. They will also have the opportunity to compete for up to $5,000 in additional funding.

About Cleveland State University

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for engaged learning. With an enrollment of more than 17,000 students, eight colleges and approximately 200 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2011 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

Accredited by AACSB International in both business and accounting, the Nance College of Business is recognized for excellence in delivering an applied business education. The Global Accelerated MBA program enables students to earn an MBA in just one year. The program has a global business theme and features an international study trip. More than 80 percent of graduates establish their careers locally. Visit for more information.

About Shaker|LaunchHouse

Shaker|LaunchHouse is a lean new public-private partnership that fosters entrepreneurial success and job creation through seed capital, education and innovation. Based in Northeast Ohio, the SLH mission is to recruit, nurture, and grow the Midwest's most promising startup companies not only through funding but also through mentorship and strategic business development resources. Visit for more information.

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