JumpStart Employee Spotlight: Lee Poseidon

JumpStart Senior Partner, Entrepreneurial Services & Investing Lee Poseidon spends his days helping startup and scaleup entrepreneurs identify, focus on, and execute against their key, value-driving, business priorities. He also leads both JumpStart’s talent and mentoring operations and his decades of experience growing and managing businesses in a wide variety of sectors makes his advice

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Five Questions With Connie’s Affogato Founder Jason Minter

Taking inspiration from his grandmother Connie’s love of cultural exploration, and a semester spent as a teaching assistant in Italy, Jason Minter founded Connie’s Affogato, an ice cream truck for adults. The affogato, consisting of freshly brewed espresso poured over locally produced gelato or ice cream, is a traditional Italian treat that Jason looks forward

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Discover How Women Are Charting Creative Paths To Funding

Female entrepreneurs are getting creative with their funding efforts, but not necessarily by choice. According to a study conducted by Babson College, just 2.7% of venture capital-funded companies are female-owned. Probable influences of this statistic, include a lack of female investors, females operating lifestyle or service-based businesses not typically of interest to venture capitalists, females

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Five Questions With Making A Difference Consulting Founder Angela Flowers

As a licensed social worker, Angela Flowers has a knack for nurturing children and families that deal with difficult issues in their daily lives. While working in the school system, Angela realized that the mental health care for students was insufficient. Angela decided to tackle this problem by co-founding Making A Difference Consulting, an in-school

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A Tribute To David T. Morgenthaler

Anyone who has ever taken on a challenge, including starting or growing a company, knows that a great mentor is one of the most important assets one can have. On June 17th, one of my most important mentors, David Morgenthaler, passed away. David didn’t just succeed at venture capital—he helped to invent the industry. I was

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Five Questions With Triogen Founder Tasheika Johnson

Tasheika Johnson understands the negative consequences that inconsistent prescription drug use can have on patients and those around them. Recognizing an opportunity to solve this problem, she created a software designed to keep physicians updated on their chronic disease/mental health patient’s medication adherence, allowing for improved healthcare. Tasheika is also part of JumpStart’s Core City:

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JumpStart Employee Spotlight: Gloria Ware

JumpStart Principal, Inclusion Gloria Ware spends her time leading the development and implementation of JumpStart’s inclusive entrepreneurship strategy. She brings a wealth of finance and business development expertise to the organization, along with a true passion for community engagement. Recently, we sat down with Gloria to ask her five questions about her life and work

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Startup Scaleup 2016 In Pictures And Video

The entrepreneurial energy was flowing throughout the Gordon Square Arts District on June 28, as more than 1,300 individuals gathered to attend workshops and panel discussions, pitch their businesses and connect with mentors during Startup Scaleup. At 15 different venues, the event offered over 40 sessions geared towards a wide variety of businesses in different stages

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Sidewalk To Stage Winner Spotlight: Michelle Felder and StyleMyEvent.com

The Fourth of July has a little added meaning for serial entrepreneur Michelle Felder. In a way, it’s her own Independence Day, as this past July 4 Michelle celebrated nine years of full-time business ownership. Her most recent venture, StyleMyEvent.com, is an innovative approach to seamlessly planning and executing couture cocktail and dinner parties. In

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5 Tips For A Successful Investor Meeting

So, you’ve secured a meeting with a potential investor; now what? The pitch can be intimidating, but preparing a thoughtful approach beforehand will put you in a position to leave a great first impression and lay the right groundwork for a successful relationship going forward. Here are five tips to help ensure a great pitch,

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Sidewalk To Stage Winner Spotlight: Xyla Foxlin and Parihug

Although virtual communication can lessen the strain of distance, it doesn’t replace the physical connection we miss when our loved ones are away. Taking inspiration from her own long distance relationship, Xyla Foxlin has spent the last year engineering a way to physically communicate using technology. The Case Western Reserve University engineering student is the

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Sidewalk To Stage Winner Spotlight: Ben Colas and KinderKits

A staggering 25 of 26 kindergarten students were considered unprepared for kindergarten when they entered Ben Colas’s class on the first day of school last year. Colas, a teacher for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, took it upon himself to solve this problem. He developed KinderKits—an educational toolkit that provides parents with clear expectations as

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