Five Questions With Rust Belt Riders Co-Founder Dan Brown

Every entrepreneur needs fertile soil and a thriving ecosystem to flourish. But it’s not just a metaphor for Rust Belt Riders—the business literally converts food waste to high quality compost that enriches the soil. Recently we sat down with co-founder Dan Brown to learn more about how his business took...

How To Crowdfund For Your Venture

Over the last decade, online crowdfunding has changed the fundraising game, and small businesses are reaping the benefits. At its most basic, the concept of crowdfunding (raising small amounts of money from a large amount of people) can be broken down into two distinct categories—donation/reward-based and investment-based. Nonprofits and cause-centered organizations...

JumpStart Employee Spotlight: Jaclyn Sommers

JumpStart Market Research Analyst Jaclyn Sommers spends her time helping entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio gather and analyze good data in order to validate their assumptions about their products, services and target markets. Recently, we sat down with Jaclyn to ask her five questions about her life and work at JumpStart:...

Five Questions With Studio Stick Founder Brandyn Armstrong

Brandyn Armstrong is not your average 24-year-old. In fact, the young inventor has the potential to turn the music industry upside down with his product, the Studio Stick, a portable recording studio coupled with a mobile app. Brandyn is also part of JumpStart’s Core City: Cleveland Impact program, an intensive...

What Is Demand-Driven Economic Development?

Being “demand driven” is not a new idea in business. It simply means that you put your customer at the center of every decision you make. However, this concept has really come of age in the last two decades. From software developers to retailers like Gap and consumer goods companies...

How Do Entrepreneurs Come Up With Great Ideas?

Every successful business begins as an idea. But how do those ideas form? How is it that some people seem to pull game-changing concepts out of thin air, while others struggle to come up with even one original business idea? There is a lot of mythology surrounding entrepreneurs and their...

Akron Is Now A TechHire City

A lot of attention has been given in recent years to the tech worker shortage and much discussion has been around how to get non-traditional, high aptitude people into tech skills quickly and what support structures are needed. That’s a big part of the reason the White House created their...