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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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6 Tips From Entrepreneurs Who've Been There

Monday, March 03, 2014
Posted By Amber Patrick

When embarking on a new trail, a hiker is often filled with the rush of adrenaline and the welcomed anxiety that accompanies it. The elements are ones yet unforeseen; that's part of the thrill.

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Podcast: Take The First Step: Growing Your Business in 2014

Friday, February 07, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

Every entrepreneur wants to see his/her business succeed. But what does it take to create and implement a growth plan, especially if you’re a busy business owner with limited access to capital?

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Podcast: Capturing Capital: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

Entrepreneurs and small businesses have a variety of funding options available, but figuring out which capital source to pursue—and at what stage of development financing is needed—isn't always clear.

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Video: 8 Entrepreneurs Offer Advice

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

Along the pathway to success, these founders have learned some valuable lessons and received great advice, which they've been generous enough to share.

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Pulmonary Apps: Helping Doctors—And Patients—Breathe Easier

Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Posted By Gloria Ware

Dr. Kevin Trice started the Cleveland-based medical device company Pulmonary Apps as a way to solve a basic problem: How could he and others in the pulmonary field monitor the lung sounds of patients safely and correctly without inadvertently spreading infections via stethoscopes?

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The 5 Types of Mentors to Avoid

Monday, December 09, 2013
Posted By Anthony Hughes

Advisors and mentors are a critical asset to any entrepreneur looking to start or accelerate their entrepreneurial journey.

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Al “Bubba” Baker Tackles the Shark Tank Pitch

Monday, December 02, 2013
Posted By Samantha Fryberger

A former NFL defensive end, Al “Bubba” Baker has withstood some pretty tough blows. But they weren’t delivered by a no-holds-barred panel of investors assessing his business potential on national television. Cleveland’s beloved football player/inventor/entrepreneur pitches his family-owned Bubba’s Q De-Boned Baby Back Rib Steak® business on Shark Tank this Friday, December 6 on ABC.

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One To Watch: Renter's BOOM

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Posted By JumpStart Team

Renter's BOOM works with property management companies to design, build and run social products that help increase renter retention and bring in more leases.

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Video: Thinking Differently - Hawken School Entrepreneurship Program

Thursday, November 07, 2013
Posted By JumpStart Team

Hawken students learn about entrepreneurship via hands-on experience and community engagement.

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The 5 Best Types of Mentors

Monday, November 04, 2013
Posted By Anthony Hughes

This blog originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com on October 25, 2013 Whether you're launching your startup or taking it to the next level, having friends in high places can make all the difference. In fact, the Startup Genome Report, an in-depth survey of 650 tech startups, cited "access to helpful mentors" as the number one influence on success. Furthermore, the report showed that those entrepreneurs with access to active mentors were seven times more likely to raise capital and three-and...

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One To Watch: MOVABLE

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Posted By JumpStart Team

MOVABLE's mission is to improve health and wellness by inspiring people to move, via its fun, integrated system of movement-tracking devices and software.

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Podcast: Fail Smart: Mistakes To Learn From

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Posted By JumpStart Team

As any entrepreneur knows, despite best-laid plans, nobody is successful 100 percent of the time. Thankfully, most people recognize that mistakes alone can’t define them or deliver a fatal blow—rather, they are an opportunity for growth.

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Podcast: The Benefits of an Entrepreneurial Education

Friday, October 04, 2013
Posted By JumpStart Team

In this roundtable discussion, JumpStart's Samantha Fryberger sits down with Deborah Hoover, President & CEO, Burton D. Morgan Foundation; Peter Abramo, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Wooster; Julie Messing, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Kent State University; and MBA student/entrepreneur JeShaune Jackson to explore the excitement around and benefits of entrepreneurship education.


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4 Ways First to File Changes the Patent System

Friday, October 04, 2013
Posted By John Dearborn

In March 2013, the implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) signaled major changes to U.S. patent laws. In essence, the system went from a "first to invent" scenario -- where the originator of an idea or product had first right to a patent -- to "first to file," where whoever applied first for a patent had claim to it.

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