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JumpStart Intros Matchmaking Web Site

Friday, January 26, 2007

Excerpt of story provided by Crain's Cleveland Business
Written by Chuck Soder

JumpStart is playing matchmaker.

The nonprofit business development organization on Thursday launched a web site aimed at connecting entrepreneurs with investors and anyone else who can help get a business running.

The site, www.ideacrossing.org, works like a dating site, according to Clyde Miles, executive vice president of Optiem, the Cleveland marketing company that created it.

IdeaCrossing allows entrepreneurs and investors to create profiles for free. The site then will match them based on compatibility.

Whereas a dating site might pair people based on personalities, IdeaCrossing makes matches based on businesses’ and investors’ needs. For instance, entrepreneurs in the medical device field would be paired with investors who focus in the area...

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