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Here is the latest news from JumpStart. Please direct all media inquiries to Scott Thompson at scott.thompson@jumpstartinc.org or 216.363.5448, and follow us on @JumpStartInc.

Cleveland to Launch 1 Million Cups, Uniting and Coaching Local Entrepreneurs

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Kauffman Foundation’s nationwide weekly program finds its newest home in Cleveland.
Cleveland soon will be the newest home of a national program to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs. 1 Million Cups — based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee — is a free, weekly gathering that helps to build startup communities on a grassroots level. Read More ...

Northeast Ohio Companies and Funds Awarded $17M by Ohio Third Frontier

Thursday, June 12, 2014

High-tech companies in the region will continue to grow and create jobs
Three companies and five funds from Northeast Ohio collectively won $17M in funding from two Ohio Third Frontier programs. This funding will enable high tech companies in the region to continue to grow and create jobs. Read More ...

Growing Ohio Companies Generate $424M in Economic Benefits

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Startups Accessing Capital & Assistance Have Increasing Impact on Ohio
An economic impact study from The Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs shows that young, high-potential companies receiving capital and/or technical assistance from Greater Cleveland entrepreneurial support organizations are generating impact in Ohio. Read More ...

Mentors Making a Difference

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Seasoned Business Leaders Donate 3,000 Hours to Accelerate the Successes of Greater Cleveland Startups
In March 2012, JumpStart Inc. launched a mentoring program to expand the nonprofit venture development organization’s capacity to deliver high-impact business assistance to Greater Cleveland entrepreneurs. Read More ...

Barberton Growth Fund Announces New Round

Monday, March 24, 2014

City Offering Capital to Young Tech-Based Companies
The Barberton Community Development Corporation (BCDC), in collaboration with JumpStart Inc. and with significant support from the Barberton Community Foundation, is encouraging entrepreneurs to apply by Friday, May 2, for the next round of the Barberton Growth Fund, an attractive source of local capital for young companies. Read More ...

Connections Matter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2014 NE Ohio Entrepreneur Expo Encourages Relationship-Building
Connections are everything for a growing business—whether it’s being introduced to an investor, meeting a potential customer or finding a trusted advisor. The community is invited to make their own connections—while viewing the community resources available to entrepreneurs and business owners — at the 2014 Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Expo on Monday, April 7 from noon-5:30pm at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Read More ...

"Get Connected!" April 7-April 18

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Four Events Offer Business Inspiration, Education & Growth Opportunities
In April, Northeast Ohio innovators, entrepreneurs and members of the tech community will have multiple opportunities to come together with the people and resources that could help them grow their skills, companies and networks. Read More ...

Growing Greater Cleveland Tech Companies Attract $259M in 2013

Monday, February 10, 2014

Series A Down, but Equity Investment Overall Returns to Pre-Recession Levels
Last year, 118 tech-based companies in Greater Cleveland raised $259 million from venture capitalists and angel investors, according to the region’s Venture Capital Advisory Task Force—a 15% percent increase over the amount attracted in 2012. Read More ...