Our Mission

JumpStart’s mission is to unlock the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to economically transform entire communities.

In response to the need for job and wealth creation in Northeast Ohio, the region’s civic, community, and philanthropic leaders came together in 2003 and provided the vision and leadership for a solution: a unique partnership between public and private entities charged with creating economic transformation in Northeast Ohio through the growth of an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

From this concept, JumpStart was born.



JumpStart provides venture capital and intensive, high-impact assistance to diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses owners, working one-on-one to establish and achieve value-creating milestones of growth.
Drawing from best practices and a decade of proven experience in venture development, we develop tailored solutions to help regional leaders and their communities more fully realize their entrepreneurial potential.

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Our Community Commitment

As a private-public partnership, JumpStart is open and honest with our community, partners, stakeholders and funders in everything we do. We’re committed to transparency and sharing best practices, so if you ever have a comment or question, please let us know. We will constantly evolve and update this section of our site.