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JumpStart is a nonprofit venture development organization committed to accelerating the success of diverse entrepreneurs. The organization directly supports Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs leading high growth companies by providing intensive business assistance and, in some cases, intensive business assistance coupled with investment. We support innovative, technology-based ventures that have the potential to contribute to the regional economy by generating revenue, taxes and new jobs. These companies tend to be in the healthcare, cleantech (advanced materials and advanced energy) and information technology industries. They operate in global markets, possess protectable ideas and the potential to generate significant revenue.
Our programs enable entrepreneurs with young firms like these to speed their company's growth.
We provide intensive entrepreneurial development services—from investor introduction to talent attraction—to eligible entrepreneurs to help them overcome key challenges and achieve growth milestones. We also help entrepreneurs find additional relevant resources that can help them grow.
We directly invest in early stage, high growth companies. We also connect entrepreneurs to other funding opportunities both inside Northeast Ohio’s ecosystem and across the country.
We have assembled some tools for entrepreneurs, including an executive summary template, a guide to forming an advisory board and an investor pitch deck template, as well as other educational and informational resources.
We host, sponsor, promote and support numerous educational and networking events for entrepreneurs throughout the year.
If you’re interested in our entrepreneur assistance and/or funding opportunities, fill out the online application. Our team will review your application and together we’ll figure out the best resource—whether that’s us or another entrepreneurial support organization—to grow your business.