Celebrating Black Business Month

Every August, Black Business Month invites us to champion the more than 3 million Black-owned businesses across the nation. Black Business Month began in 2004 when engineering entrepreneur Frederick E. Jordan partnered with author and historian John William Tempelton to start the annual event. Black Business Month was created to not only highlight Black-owned businesses

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Meet Cohort 15 Of The Cleveland Small Business Impact Program

JumpStart’s Small Business Impact Program is a 12-week business accelerator designed to help individuals overcome the obstacles of entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring. Over the course of the program, these entrepreneurs will work together, alongside JumpStart’s Impact Program team, to tackle key business issues with significant emphasis on financial projections and capital pitches.

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Meet Cohort 8 Of The Toledo Small Business Impact Program

JumpStart’s Small Business Impact Program is a 12-week business accelerator designed to help individuals overcome the obstacles of entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring. Over the course of the program, these entrepreneurs will work together, alongside JumpStart’s Impact Program team, to tackle key business issues with significant emphasis on financial projections and capital pitches.

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JumpStart Celebrates Juneteenth, America’s Liberation Day

This Juneteenth, in partnership with our leadership and board, we, as a diverse staff, acknowledge the continued struggle for equity in America. Individually and as a team, we are committed to learning the history and supporting local Black businesses and events commemorating this important holiday. For many African Americans, June 19, 1865, represents America’s true

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7 Common Startup Myths… 8 Years Later

The year is 2013—your friends probably convinced you to download Instagram by now, you’re finally trying this “Uber” thing to the airport, “startup” is a buzzword, and Shark Tank has taught us all how to pitch. We’re taking our big ideas seriously! (Or at least contemplating it.) Eight years and a pandemic later, we’ve demystified

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Meet Cohort Seven Of The Northwest Ohio Small Business Impact Program

Congratulations to the seventh cohort of our Northwest Ohio Small Business Impact Program. This 12-week business accelerator program is designed to help individuals overcome the obstacles of entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring. Over the course of the program, these entrepreneurs worked together alongside JumpStart’s Impact Program team to tackle key business issues, with

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Meet Cohort Fourteen Of The Cleveland Small Business Impact Program

Congratulations to the fourteenth Cleveland-based cohort of our Small Business Impact Program. This 12-week business accelerator program is designed to help individuals overcome the obstacles of entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring. Over the course of the program, these entrepreneurs worked together alongside JumpStart’s Impact Program team to tackle key business issues, with significant

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Why We Invested: orthobrain

JumpStart’s NEXT II Fund recently invested in orthobrain as part of a $9 million Series A round led by CareCapital. orthobrain empowers dentists to integrate orthodontics into their practice, combining technology, education and comprehensive case management support. Their ground-breaking orthodontics platform is solving a critical need and addressing three market dynamics: The demand for clear aligners is

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What To Expect In Due Diligence

When looking to raise capital, it’s not uncommon for entrepreneurs to pitch dozens of venture capitalists and angels before finding someone with interest. The reasons for this may vary. Capital is a scarce resource, but angels and VCs also tend to specialize in certain types of businesses and at certain stages of development, which means

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What Are The Funding Opportunities For Each Stage Of A Startup?

The funding landscape can be tricky for startups to navigate. Some funders are willing to get behind very early-stage startups, while others are much less inclined to do so. To effectively manage your fundraising efforts, it’s helpful to begin by assessing what stage your startup is currently in. With this information, you can then determine

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