What We Do

JumpStart is a venture development organization, combining the principles of (private) venture capital and (non-profit) economic development to help entrepreneurs start and grow companies—from venture capital-backed startups to traditional small businesses.

Our work is focused on three core areas:

  • Making Investments: We fund tech entrepreneurs with the capital they need to grow their startup businesses quickly.
  • Delivering Services: We provide technical assistance to help high-potential businesses solve problems, drive growth and create jobs.
  • Acting as a Value-Added Intermediary: We work on behalf of private, public and philanthropic funders who want to assist entrepreneurs—making grants and convening networks to turn their vision and resources into action and impact.

Our History

In response to the need for job and wealth creation in Northeast Ohio, the region’s civic, community, and philanthropic leaders came together in 2003 and provided the vision and leadership for a solution: a unique partnership between public and private entities charged with creating economic transformation in Northeast Ohio through the growth of an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

From this concept, JumpStart was born.

Charitable Purpose