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2014 JumpStart Community Report | Partnerships Matter

Annual ReportThe stories shared in the 2014 JumpStart Community Report illustrate how partnerships can help accelerate entrepreneurial success. JumpStart’s collaborations with entrepreneurs and community leaders leverage individual strengths with the goal of generating positive results more quickly. Read on to learn how these different partnerships truly move the needle and create economic transformation.


Catacel: Capital As A Catalyst

Catacel's novel products reduce the fuel used in a wide range of high-temperature chemical reactions, enabling these energy-intensive reactions to occur much more economically. In the early years, the Ravenna, Ohio-based company’s founders bootstrapped its growth. But when the money ran out and self-financing was no longer an option, Catacel applied to JumpStart, receiving an investment in August 2009. Read more ...


Burning River Coffee Community: Entrepreneurs Helping Each Other

The Burning River Coffee Community (BRCC) provides peer support for women entrepreneurs “who are really trying to grow their businesses, but don’t know other women facing their same challenges of raising VC or pivoting their company,” says the group’s founder, Laura Bennett, who is also the CEO/Co-Founder of Embrace Pet Insurance. Read more ...


North Coast Angel Fund: Building The Capital Continuum

Angel investments differ from other investments in a very important way: Investors—whether acting individually or as part of a group—are putting their own hard-earned money into a company, in hopes of receiving a return on investment. These investments are critical to the success of young companies, especially in areas of the country where early stage dollars are not quite as plentiful. Read more ...

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Start Co.: Regional Collaboration Is A Two-Way Street

High-tech startups are a key driver of job creation and young, entrepreneurial companies can lay claim to creating all net new jobs in the U.S. over the last 30 years. So it should be no surprise that communities faced with a loss of industry are working to expand their economic development strategies beyond traditional attraction and retention to include the ability to support the launch and growth of new, tech-based businesses. Read more ...