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See the latest news on JumpStart, our work, and our progress below. If you have a media inquiry, please get in touch with Samantha Fryberger, JumpStart's Director of Communications, via email at sam.fryberger@jumpstartinc.org or phone at 216.363.3400. You can also follow us on Twitter: @JumpStartInc

Cleveland Plain Dealer

At Cleveland startup expo, entrepreneurship becomes a riveting exhibit

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The entrepreneurship ecosystem of Greater Cleveland was on artful display Monday, and in a spectacular setting--the Ames Family Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Read More ...


Entrepreneurs, Funders, Mentors, Connect At Northeast Exposition

Monday, April 07, 2014

More than 100 exhibitors—mostly IT or business-consumer product companies – showcased their services and wares in the hopes of attracting backers willing to fund the next stage of development. Read More ...


Young companies seek advice, customers and money

Monday, April 07, 2014

Small medical and high-tech companies are said to be the future of Northeast Ohio's economy. And many of them came together Monday to take part in JumpStart's annual Entrepreneur Expo seeking expert advice and prospective customers and experts. Read More ...

Smart Business

Jerry Frantz: While the number of startups grows, the investment capital pool is lagging

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The buzz about entrepreneurship continues to explode nationally — today, there are more than 1,200 incubators, 200 accelerators and 450 crowdfunding platforms available across the country to help young companies grow. Read More ...

Sacramento Bee

Growing Greater Cleveland Tech Companies Attract $259M in 2013

Monday, February 10, 2014

Last year, 118 tech-based companies in Greater Cleveland raised $259 million from venture capitalists and angel investors, according to the region's Venture Capital Advisory Task Force—a 15% percent increase over the amount attracted in 2012. Read More ...


How Cities Reshape Brand Narratives

Monday, January 13, 2014

Refurbished phrases and branding elements seem to cycle through advertisements and public relations messaging every few months. Read More ...


2013 was a perky year for VC-backed IPO exits

Thursday, January 02, 2014

There were 24 venture-backed initial public offerings in the fourth quarter of 2013 – including Twitter’s blockbuster IPO in November. Read More ...

Huffington Post

The 5 Types of Mentors to Avoid

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Advisors and mentors are a critical asset to any entrepreneur looking to start or accelerate their entrepreneurial journey. In my most recent post, I talked about the five best types of mentors for an entrepreneur. But just as knowing what to look for is important, knowing what to avoid can be equally valuable. In most cases, it boils down to understanding the motivations of those individuals who are looking to "help." In every instance, the most beneficial relationships are those where both parties recognize that mentoring is a two-way street. Read More ...

New report highlights regional collaboration as a catalyst for economic growth

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ohio-based Fund for Our Economic Future provides lessons for partnership across sectors Read More ...


Numerous CLE organizations recognized for their economic development efforts

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) recently awarded its Excellence in Economic Development Awards to organizations involved in three ongoing efforts to improve Cleveland. Read More ...

Crain's Cleveland Business

Nine groups active in Stark County form entrepreneurship assistance alliance

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nine economic development groups working in Stark County have formed an alliance designed to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Read More ...

Massillon Independent

Entrepreneurship Alliance aims to boost new businesses

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

An initiative called the Stark Entrepreneurship Alliance aims to bring together the expertise of business groups, academics and potential funders to assist entrepreneurs and spur job growth. Read More ...