JumpStart is committed to the inclusion of minority, women and inner-city-based entrepreneurs across all aspects of the organization and its work. We provide specific outreach, communications and support for diverse entrepreneurs based on an understanding of the unique challenges they face. We have set a goal of helping minority, women and inner-city based entrepreneurs launch and grow 100 high-impact businesses in Northeast Ohio.
JumpStart provides intensive technical assistance to selected minority entrepreneurs with businesses with significant revenue potential. Many of these entrepreneurs go through the First Client Pilot initiative in addition to receiving access to other resources, including introductions to investors, support for commercialization and strategic planning.
First Client Pilot
First Client Pilot gives minority and women entrepreneurs the opportunity to test their new technologies with established regional and national corporations and institutions. We work in partnership with the Northern Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council to help diverse entrepreneurs establish parameters for a pilot trial, prepare a project plan and/or pitch to established companies.
Charter One Launch100 Leadership Circle
The Charter One Launch100 Leadership Circle, which was established in 2012, recognizes diverse entrepreneurs committed to turning their business ideas into some of the region’s most impactful companies. The inductees, some of whom have participated in the First Client Pilot program or Launch100, form a peer network of high-growth minority- and women-led companies with the potential to create significant jobs and wealth for the region. Learn about the 2013 honorees.
Burning River Coffee Community
JumpStart is proud to sponsor The Burning River Coffee Community, a Northeast Ohio mentoring community for female entrepreneurs leading high-growth-potential companies. The group’s monthly discussions focus on the common challenges and struggles faced by female entrepreneurs in the form of straightforward, honest and useful conversations about leading a growing company. Learn more.