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5 Essential Legal Issues To Review Before Securing Venture Capital

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Posted By Andrew Renacci

According to The MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters, venture capitalists invested $13.0 billion in 1,114 deals in the second quarter of 2014, which is the most money invested in a quarter since the first quarter of 2001. The PwC/NVCA MoneyTree Report further notes that companies receiving a venture investment for the first time accounted for 32 percent of the 1,114 deals completed last quarter.

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Artists Are Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Posted By Kate Hanna

We don’t always associate artists with entrepreneurship, but they are as much entrepreneurs as product inventors, app developers or restaurant owners.

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Youngstown Business Incubator Ranked Best In Class Globally

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Posted By Nick Worner

The Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) has been named the number one University-linked incubator in the world by the University Business Incubator Index (UBI). This ranking represents a big win for our state in a competitive category populated by incubators from Stanford, Cornell and UC Berkeley to name a few.

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To Get More Entrepreneurs, We Must Create Better Ecosystems

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Posted By Ray Leach

As CEO of JumpStart Inc., a non-profit organization founded to address the lack of entrepreneurial growth in Northeast Ohio, I am sometimes called upon to address the 30-year trend of shrinking entrepreneurship in the U.S.


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Should You Really Launch A Startup Overnight?

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Posted By Nick Worner

Modern technology has made it easier than ever to start your company quickly. The folks at TechRepublic even claim it could be possible to launch a new venture in 24 hours.

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You Graduated College! So Now What?

Friday, August 01, 2014
Posted By Lindsey Clark

For those fresh out of college and leaving the academic world, there is a pivotal decision ahead: what to do for the rest of your life. Do you become part of the corporate workforce, clocking in at 9 and out at 5? Or do you take a risk and start your own business?


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5 Things To Consider When Applying For a Patent

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Posted By John J. Theumer

Regardless of industry or technology, there are several ways to protect an idea in an early commercialization stage. When choosing an option for protecting promising innovations, many companies frequently seek patent protection. Here are five things to consider when deciding if you should seek patent protection.

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Passing The Plateau: How To Get A Move On

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Posted By Amber Patrick

Losing momentum is a common issue many experience when facing an obstacle or challenge. It can happen when battling for weight loss, struggling to find a job or even trying to collaborate on a team project—you can simply lose steam.

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Northeast Ohio: The Next Developer Hub?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Posted By Jeremy Quinn

DecisionDesk is one of the fastest-growing IT startups in Northeast Ohio. The Lakewood-based company has developed a proprietary, easy-to-use SaaS that helps colleges, universities and other higher education institutions streamline how they organize, process and manage applications.

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Podcast: "It's About The Story": Prepping A Great Investor Pitch

Monday, July 14, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

Presenting to venture capitalists or other early stage investors can be challenging. These investors want to know how your company can make them money with explosive growth, why your solution matters to customers, just enough of your technology to get the “secret sauce,” how you protect your IP and why your team is the one to pull this off. Oh—and you might have to do all of that in 15 minutes.

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1 Million Cups Cleveland: What You Need To Know

Monday, June 16, 2014
Posted By Annie Zaleski

On Wednesday, June 25 at 9am, 1 Million Cups Cleveland is holding its first meeting at JumpStart's offices. What is 1 Million Cups? It's a national program launched by the Kauffman Foundation in April 2012, based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee.

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Podcast: Spring Forward: Tips For Growing Your Small Business

Friday, June 06, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

Every entrepreneur wants to see his/her small business grow. But what does it take to make this happen, especially if you’re a busy business owner with limited resources?

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Blue Star Design's Julia Briggs On Business Growth

Friday, May 30, 2014
Posted By Amber Patrick

Julia Briggs is the president and owner of Blue Star Design, an idea design studio based in Cleveland that combines branding, graphic design, web, interactive, social media and strategic marketing elements. Briggs, who is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, runs her company with the motto that "every idea, big or small, deserves the respect of great design."

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6 Ways To Overcome A Fear Of Failure

Thursday, May 08, 2014
Posted By Amber Patrick

Risk. Failure. Rejection. We live in a culture where these words have a negative connotation, and their foils—security, success, acceptance—are more widely sought out and celebrated. However, these words can coexist ...

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The Charter One Foundation Student Business Idea Competition

Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

The Charter One Foundation Student Business Idea Competition at the 2014 Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Expo drew 27 entries from multiple area colleges and universities, including Cleveland State, Case Western Reserve University, Walsh University, Kent State, Hiram College and Oberlin College. These student entrepreneurs came up with an impressive array of ideas—ranging from novel waste management technology to a turnkey universal access device to an integrated education solution meant to reach impoverished communities.


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