Startups, Get Your Pitch Decks Ready

The Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition is your chance to win up to $25,000 to grow your venture.

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 Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Sears think[box], where judges will select first ($25,000), second ($15,000) and third place ($10,000) winners. Prizes will be provided by JumpStart.

Each finalist will also receive Thompson Hine’s QuickLaunch package and a 25% discount for all other legal services until the company raises $250,000.

Demo Day Information

Date: March 15th

Location: Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box]

Address: Richey Mixon Building, 11201 Cedar Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

6-7pm - Networking Reception
7-8pm - The Pitches and Judging Begin
8:30-9pm - Announcement of the Winner and Closing Comments

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.

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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.