Practitioners First, Consultants Second

We are one of the nation’s first venture development organizations working everyday to drive the growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs.

A Decade Of Experience

JumpStart has spent more than a decade building a robust economic ecosystem in our own backyard that has:

  • Created more than 10,000 jobs
  • Helped raise $1.7 billion in capital
  • Established one of the most comprehensive mentoring programs in the country


Watch this video to learn what it takes to build or maintain an ecosystem that can support entrepreneurial growth.

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35 and Counting

We’ve partnered or had ongoing discussions with more than 30 communities to help their leaders drive economic impact.

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Your Partner In Driving Impact

As community leaders, you’re faced with the daunting task of turning your resources into real, impactful results.

We work with you to provide tools and knowledge that will help you drive economic growth and job creation in your community for years to come.

community-iconAssess Your Opportunities & Align Your Community
Our comprehensive regional assessment identifies your best opportunities for quick, meaningful impact while building a strong roadmap to guide your future work. And because big plans don’t mean much without community buy-in, our proprietary regional alignment process helps you rally key stakeholders around a collective vision for the future.
implement-iconImplement Your Strategy
We’ll be your boots on the ground to help implement plans that drive tangible impact. From mentoring programs and retention/workforce development efforts to helping entrepreneurs access capital through investment funds, our team has the experience you need to accelerate impactful work in your community.
measure-iconSustain Your Impact & Measure Your Success
We know your team will be hard at work for many years to come. Our ongoing digital and support tools (e.g. digital marketing services, customized CRM systems, etc.) will help you sustain your impact and measure your success as your community continues to evolve.

We’ve worked with community leaders across the country to help build and strengthen economic ecosystems and drive the growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs.


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Whitepaper: Making The Most Of TBED Technology Investments

solutions-ssti-whitepaperIn advance of the 2015 SSTI annual conference, JumpStart and SSTI conducted a survey of more than nearly 250 organizations, including universities, incubators & accelerators and economic development organizations. The results of the SSTI survey confirmed a trend many experts have suspected for some time. Economic development leaders realize that technology can help them do more impactful work and satisfy increasingly demanding stakeholders. However, most are dealing with small to non-existent technology support teams as well as limited technology budgets.

This whitepaper delves deeper into these results, discussing how organizations might better examine their technology spending to scale their operations with limited staff and resources.

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Our Work In Action

From our own backyard to counties across the nation, we’re working with regional leaders to help start and scaleup economic ecosystems.

Northeast Ohio

Richland County, OH

Hartford, CT

Northwest Pennsylvania

Connect With JumpStart

Here are three ways to keep in touch with our work in communities all across the nation.

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Read The Blog

Topical insights, community profiles and much more from our team of economic development professionals.

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Let’s Get Started

At JumpStart, we are more than consultants. We are a proven economic development organization. We’ve created and managed our own investment funds, evaluated our own investment opportunities, developed an entire suite of entrepreneurial support solutions and created intuitive tools to measure and influence outcomes.

We’ve been where you are. Now, let our solutions help you take your community to the next level.