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Podcast: Attracting Capital Between The Coasts

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

On April 7 at the 2014 Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Expo, four seasoned Midwest investors came together for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities companies in the middle of the country face when it comes to funding.

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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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North Coast Angel Fund: Building The Capital Continuum

Friday, April 04, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

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, because they help fill a funding gap, especially in areas of the country where early stage dollars are not quite as plentiful.

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Burning River Coffee Community: Entrepreneurs Helping Each Other

Friday, April 04, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

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. Though sponsored by outside groups such as JumpStart, BRCC is created for and by entrepreneurs: Members dole out advice and mentoring in an open, idea-charged environment—whether during the group’s monthly meetings or as part of periodic, one-on-one “speed mentoring” events.

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Catacel: Capital As A Catalyst

Friday, April 04, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

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.

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Podcast: VentureOhio: Strength In Numbers

Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

A new trade association is bringing together the groups, organizations, investors and corporations that help Ohio entrepreneurs access the capital they need to grow.

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Quit Your Job, Work At A Startup

Friday, March 21, 2014
Posted By Jeremy Quinn

There are many reasons why people quit their jobs—from lack of growth opportunities and salary stagnancy to boredom or burnout. For people in the latter category, working at a startup could be the answer.

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5 Reasons To Attend The 2014 NE Ohio Entrepreneur Expo

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Posted By Samantha Fryberger

This year's Expo is poised to be the biggest event yet, so don’t get shut out; entrepreneurs interested in sharing their startup and curious members of the community should register now.

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3 Tips On Finding The Right Startup Hire

Friday, March 07, 2014
Posted By Lee Poseidon

Several weeks ago, Jeremy Quinn joined the JumpStart team. The Eastlake native—a boomerang who’s also lived in Charlotte and Philadelphia—has held numerous leadership, recruiting and sales roles across the healthcare and IT sectors at companies such as Maxim Healthcare and Modis IT. In 2006, he also opened his own firm, specializing in recruiting recruiters and sales people for the staffing industry.

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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: Regional Collaboration Is A Two-Way Street

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

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. For most areas of the country, this shift represents both a treme...

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Q +A: Meet Jeremy Quinn, JumpStart's New Talent Team Member

Friday, February 21, 2014
Posted By Lee Poseidon

Jeremy Quinn is JumpStart's new Principal, Talent. The Eastlake native—a boomerang who's also lived in Hilton Head, Charlotte and Philadelphia—has held numerous leadership, recruiting and sales roles across the healthcare and IT sectors at companies such as Maxim Healthcare and Modis IT.

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One To Watch: eCollect

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Posted By JumpStart Team

eCollect is developing a fast, low-cost solution to recover bounced checks and failed ACH payments.

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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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Dollars Up, Series A Down

Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Posted By Lynn-Ann Gries

So, here’s the good news. Last year, 118 tech-based companies in Greater Cleveland raised $259 million from venture capitalists and angel investors—a 15% percent increase over the amount attracted in 2012.

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