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EDGE Fellows Summer Intern Program

Posted April 20, 2016

The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) and Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) magazine awarded the EDGE Fellows Summer Intern Program Coolest Internship on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Finalists named in the Coolest Internship category were Cohen & Company, Insivia and The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Special thanks to program director, Chris Keller, the amazing students, volunteer business mentors and host companies that participate and for the support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Harvard Business School Club of Northeast Ohio for making the program possible! Read more about all of the Expys Awards winners here.



EDGE Fellows Summer Intern Program named Finalist

Posted March 23, 2016

The EGroup Shot 1DGE Fellows Summer Intern Program named Coolest Internships finalist along with Cohen & Company, Insivia, and The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) and Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) magazine announced finalists for The Expys, NOCHE’s flagship awards program in February and will honor the best interns, supervisors, and internship programs in Northeast Ohio at The Expys awards luncheon Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Windows on the River. NOCHE received hundreds of nominations in seven categories: best intern, best supervisor, best new internship, best small company internship, best large company internship, best college advisor, and coolest internship.

Since 2007, the EDGE Fellows Summer Intern Program has been helping NEO business leaders focus on and accelerate their ideas for addressing new markets and finding new revenue. Nearly half of the 66 new business ideas vetted through the program have resulted in new revenue within 2-3 years. During the two-month program graduate-level students conduct feasibility analyses on new business ideas that participating companies are considering for new markets or for new and existing products.

“The team’s performance on final results, quality of work and overall preparation was second to none. They took on the project like a work in progress and modified their attack as necessary.” ­- (John Milgram, CEO, Aexcel Corp.) 

Students meet regularly and provide progress reports with their Idea Generator/Host Company, industry experts, their peers and EDGE staff. At the end of July, students present their findings and provide a complete report to the host company. Projects are then selected by EDGE to be featured at the August public presentation before business leaders, community and university leaders.

EDGE has established partnerships with area universities, top student talent as well as connections with experienced business mentors, entrepreneurs, and supporting organizations. The graduate students are recruited, hired, trained and overseen by EDGE as Independent Consultants. This enables the program to drive value for participating companies while offering students practical experience and connects them with resources that increase their likelihood of staying in Northeast Ohio post-graduation.

Share your new business ideas or research project:

Contact Chris Keller, Program Director.