Corridor promotes collaboration between innovative companies in the area
The power of community cannot be understated. It’s a core belief of our work here at TechOhio—that our independently strong organizations and communities are even stronger when they work together. When people come together for a common cause, they enjoy a collective sense of motivation, accountability and energy. That’s the strength of MidTown Cleveland and its Health-Tech Corridor initiative. MidTown is a 501(c)(3) economic and community development corporation aimed at attracting innovative companies to the near East-Side Cleveland neighborhood, and connecting them for the betterment of the community as a whole.
MidTown is generally considered to stretch from the eastern point of Downtown, near the innerbelt trench, to University Circle, which is home to Case Western Reserve University, nationally-renowned museums and Severance Hall. Within this stretch are more than 80 biomedical companies, more than 60 technology companies and over 20 enterprises — like incubators and maker spaces — explicitly dedicated to supporting the entrepreneurial efforts of the community. More than 18,000 people work in MidTown and over 2,000 residents call it home. And when they need something, they call MidTown Cleveland.
“We’re the connectors, the facilitators,” said Gelise Littlejohn, Economic Development Associate at MidTown Cleveland. “We’re really focused on eliminating the barriers our community members have, whether it’s finding the right space to open their offices, connecting collaborators researching similar subjects and making introductions in the community. We want to be the go-to and feel like we can eliminate friction to continue fostering a highly-productive, collaborative, economically competitive community.”
MidTown Cleveland aims to leverage the strengths of healthcare powerhouses in the community like the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and research institutions like Cleveland State and Case Western to establish the city as the center for biomedicine in the U.S. To support those goals, MidTown Cleveland developed the Health-Tech Corridor initiative focused on supporting biotech and health science startups and research institutions. Among them are Ohio Third Frontier regional partners JumpStart and BioEnterprise, as well Third Frontier supported companies like Trailhead Biosystems, Abeona Therapeutics, and countless others.
“It’s our goal to continue providing the movers and shakers who will shape this community with the resources they need to succeed. Soon, MidTown will come to be known as the best place in the region to grow your business. I think it’s so crucial to provide that bridge between organizations,” said Littlejohn. “When people feel they’re going it alone, it can be overwhelming. Just knowing you’re surrounded by other companies with the same goals, literally as your neighbors, and that you have a support system in your corner — it can be really transformative.”