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The DigitalC Fund is a $600,000 pre-seed investment fund to attract and support global and Ohio-based entrepreneurs focused on products and/or services in big data, the Industrial and Consumer Internet of Things (IOT), civic tech, and software/hardware solutions that complement these applications.

The fund will provide seed capital investments of $30,000 to $50,000 with a convertible note to early-stage companies with next-generation applications that can leverage high performance network infrastructure (ultra-fast Internet) and substantially benefit from having access to the country's best-in-class advanced fiber optic network.

This fund will offer national and local technical expertise from an 18-person Technical Advisory Committee.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The DigitalC Fund Advisory Board


Yuval Brisker, Vice President, Product Management at Oracle
Tim Callahan, Chairman, Embedded Planet
Youngjin Yoo,  Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Design & Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.  
Anil Jain, Co-founder and Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer of Explorys, Inc. 
Kevin Johnson, Certified Senior Advisors, Visiting Angels  
Charles Stack, CEO, Flashstarts
Cathy Horton, CEO Renegade Brands
Kate Volzer, CEO, Wisr
Bob Sopko, CWRU Launchnet at Case Western Reserve
Tim Mueller, CEO Global IT M&A Forum
John King, CIO, Lubrizol Corporation


Will Barkis, Senior Technology Analyst, Orange Silicon Valley
Micah Sifry, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Civic Hall
Barbara Cohn, Former Chief Data Officer, New York State
Ken Hays, President and CEO of the Enterprise Center in Chattanooga
Brett Goldstein, Managing Partner at Eristic Ventures
Blair Levin, Non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution
Marina Leight, Vice President, Business Development, Government Solutions at Philips
Glenn Ricart, Computer Scientist and CTO U.S. Ignite
Adrian Sanier, Chief Academic Technology Officer for ASU Online