Melinda McNutt to help advance innovative seeker-solver relationships

Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO) has appointed Melinda McNutt program manager, Industry and Innovation. McNutt will work with Team NEO leadership to support and execute programs to grow the organization’s innovation cluster efforts that include Additive Manufacturing, Energy Storage and Smart Devices and Systems. Her responsibilities will include outreach to companies to help facilitate the Seeker-Solver model, Team NEO’s unique methodology that matches larger driver industries companies (seekers) to key supply chain partners made up of smaller, early stage and growth oriented companies as well as research and academic institutions (solvers) for business development through innovation of new products, markets, processes and business models.

“Melinda’s experience in working with business leaders gives her exceptional insight into connecting companies,” said Jay Foran, senior vice president of industry and innovation at Team NEO. “We look forward to growing the clusters in 2017 with Melinda’s contributions to the program.”

Most recently, McNutt was Action Plan Executor for Merit 360 where she worked with young professionals from 85 countries to produce high impact plans for the United Nations. She also worked as a consultant on behalf of the Small Business Development Center of Youngstown University as well as several small businesses. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and is currently pursuing her MBA from John Carroll University.

About Team NEO

Team NEO is an economic development organization focused on creating jobs for Northeast Ohio’s residents. In collaboration with our partners, it leads the region’s business attraction efforts, supports business retention and expansion work as Northeast Ohio’s JobsOhio affiliate, accelerates the impact of innovation in the region, and aligns strategies and resources within the economic development network to maximize its impact. In addition, Team NEO provides tools to assist employers in attracting talent to the region. For more information, visit