A 501c3 non-profit organization, startupSTARK is a collaborative effort to connect and support a creative, tech and entrepreneur culture, community and startup ecosystem in Stark County, Ohio.

Our focus is to create those moments of serendipity by connecting networks and making sure proximity allows for the creation of all things.

startupSTARK, A Sustainable Non Profit Model

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2012

Zach & Chris meet on an international 3 day bus competition, StartupBus. The two explored several innovative communities throughout the U.S.

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Zach takes Brookings Institute Report on Innovation Districts to, then, Ohio Rep. Kirk Schuring.

2014

2016

Ohio House Bill 233 Passes, authorizing the creation of downtown redevelopment innovation districts.

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Canton finds support from JumpStart in an initiative to create the first Innovation District in Ohio. startupSTARK is founded.

2018

2019

startupSTARK is approved for non-profit status, continues work in the community, and aims to increase impact throughout NEO.

 

StarkJobs.com / AkronWorks.com team joins startupSTARK providing a connection to the local job market through online job advertisements and job fairs.

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startupSTARK completes office space renovation in Spring 2020 welcoming three new tenants to the refreshed workspace.

Answering the call to provide safe and compliant job fair events, StarkJobs.com / AkronWorks.com partner with Brazen to host a virtual job fair series.

2020

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