On Thursday, August 2, I moderated "The Capital Continuum in Northeast Ohio: An Investor Panel," a Charter One-sponsored event organized by the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network that provided an overview of funding sources. The panel's participants—Ken Marblestone, President, Charter One and RBS Citizens; Daniel Kellogg, Managing Director, Crystal Venture Funds; Claiborne Rankin, Manager of North Coast Angel Fund; Jerry Frantz, Managing Venture Partner, JumpStart; and Dennis Cocco, Associate Director at Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise and Manager of the Innovation Fund—took great questions from entrepreneurs about accessing capital (from angel investors to the federal government and everything in between) and gave tips about what they look for in a potential investment.
If you couldn't make the event but are curious to learn more about seeking capital to grow your business, or if you have questions about funding resources in the region, I encourage you to listen to the recorded podcast from the session and view photos from the event below.
Darrin Redus is Chief Economic Inclusion Officer of JumpStart and President of JumpStart Inclusion Advisors. He founded and ran his own strategic planning and management assistance firm and spent 16 years in the commercial banking and finance industry. Darrin has an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College and an undergraduate degree from Mount Union College. He has led a series of workshops and seminars on matters of economic development and diversity.