JumpStart thawing the freeze on Cleveland tech investment

Not only is there a big chill in Northeast Ohio's weather, but there's also a freeze on tech investments. There have been notable declines in both public and private valuations for technology companies -- being felt here and worldwide. According to Dow Jones VentureSource, the median pre-money valuation for tech...

You get $500K. But first you have to move to Ohio.

Ohio has a message for women- and minority-led startups: Move to the Buckeye State and you have a real shot at getting funding. Leading the charge is Cleveland-based JumpStart, a nonprofit that invests in young tech firms. "Part of our focus is to accelerate opportunity for women and minority entrepreneurs...

JumpStart is bringing back its original investment fund

JumpStart once again has money to invest in high-tech startup companies. With $12.5 million in fresh state funding, the nonprofit is bringing back its original investment fund, which has been out of cash for a few years now. It’s also ready to launch another fund that will target tech startups...

JumpStart expected to get $4.5 million loan from Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County has selected Venture Development Organization JumpStart Inc. as its partner to leverage county investments in innovation and entrepreneurship with a $4.5 million loan. JumpStart responded to a request for proposals in a competitive process aimed at launching county initiatives expected to attract venture capital and accelerate fast-growing businesses...

Exclusive: Venture capital to make diversity pledge

Venture capitalists will pledge concrete measures to bring greater diversity to their predominantly white male profession during a high-profile event at the White House. Tuesday's announcement from venture capital's trade group will take place during the White House's first Demo Day to showcase technologies from the nation's diverse set of...

Is Cleveland the Midwest’s Silicon Valley?

A city on the rise: a place where tech company entrepreneurs are planting and growing their businesses. Now, Forbes Magazine is asking if we could be the "Silicon Valley" of the Midwest. Boxcast, a Cleveland start-up tech company, has been growing here for two years. An example of why Forbes...

Startup Scaleup Brings 1,200 Entrepreneurs to Gordon Square

Story excerpt provided by Freshwater Cleveland Written by Karin Connelly Twelve hundred people descended on the Gordon Square Arts District yesterday, Wednesday June 17 for Startup Scaleup, JumpStart’s inaugural event to celebrate and educate entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners. Sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Medical Mutual,...