Beyond The Venture Capital Model: Job-Creation Volume, Optimum Location Are The Story Of The Future

Accelerators, incubators and venture development organizations like JumpStart have traditionally focused attention on a specific kind of business — high-tech, venture capital-backed startup. At JumpStart, we’ve spent more than a decade helping these kinds of ventures (and the entrepreneurs behind them). Along with our partners, we’ve helped more than 1,000 companies raise $1.7 billion in

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Podcast: The Importance Of Market Research

From introducing a new product to entering a new market, a comprehensive approach to market research can help reduce the risks involved in growing your business. In the presentation below, recorded from a March 8, 2016 event, JumpStart’s Market Research Analyst, Jaclyn Sommers, leads an informative seminar on how to validate product and target market assumptions

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Let’s Not Cry Over Phenom’s Western Success

A recent Crain’s Cleveland Business headline, reporting on local startup Phenom’s entry into the Silicon Valley accelerator, 500 Startups, led with the words “sad truth,” going on to say that Phenom probably wouldn’t have been accepted into the acclaimed West Coast accelerator unless founders Brian Verne and Mike Eppich had moved from Cleveland to San

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Marketing 101: Creating A Strong Content Strategy In Three Easy Steps

Growing businesses need a lot of content. Sell sheets, fact sheets and press releases; pitch decks, website copy and social media messages—not to mention more advanced content like blog posts and email newsletters. It takes a lot of work, which is why content strategy can often seem so overwhelming to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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Stop Fighting To Attract New Businesses And Start Helping The Ones You Already Have

Economic developers have long used tax incentives to attract companies to their communities. By some estimates, 95% of U.S. municipalities use these incentives in one form or another, spending upwards of $50-80 billion annually. At that same time, mounting evidence seems to be showing these tax incentives produce only marginal results, leading to a growing

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Job Applications Are Like Blind Auditions, So Is Your “Voice” Being Heard?

Applying for your next job might not involve busting out high notes in front of Pharrell and Christina Aguilera. But in many ways, it’s a lot like a blind audition on “The Voice.” You’re talented, you’re eager and you’re putting yourself out there because you believe the role matches your passion and skill set. But

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4 Things Startups Need To Know About Social Media Measurement

Social media has given startups and small businesses an incredible opportunity to reach and engage with their consumers directly. But understanding how to measure social media’s impact leaves many startups scratching their heads. In fact, even large companies often struggle with the fact that each new channel has its own terms and analytics platforms that

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Time to Invest … In Your Career

Here at JumpStart, we talk a lot about investing. We’ve even launched a $10 million seed fund that will solely invest in women and minority-led tech startups. This is very important work, but the concept of investment can also be applied outside the pure dollars and cents. Personal investment is also a key aspect of

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Forget The Oscars. Why Aren’t We Angry About The Lack Of Diversity In The Entrepreneurial World?

The announcement of this year’s Oscar nominees has created a great deal of controversy, most of which revolves around the roster’s lack of diversity. Conspicuously absent this year are several strong performances by African Americans, such as the red hot director/actor team of Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, who reinvigorated the Rocky film series

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Webinar: Mentoring Matters

Mentoring programs for entrepreneurs typically fall into two camps—those that “build the culture of entrepreneurship,” and those that focus on measurable outcomes. In this recorded webinar, JumpStart offers an inside look at its own outcome-oriented mentoring model, which leverages technology to help high-potential companies make progress, meet milestones and produce real results that can be measured and tracked

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Podcast: Economic Forecast 2016, A Discussion With Dr. Ken Mayland

On January 19, 2016, noted economist Dr. Ken Mayland visited JumpStart and Growth Opportunity Partners to deliver his forecast for the U.S. economy in 2016. Mayland has been rated among the best economic forecasters in the nation by publications such as Fortune, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek and USA Today. In this recording, Mayland examines how the changing

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