Let’s be honest, you need your customers more than they need you. Without them, your business doesn’t exist. To attract and keep these customers, you need a product or service that solves a real-world problem for them in an effective, efficient way. Of course, that’s much easier said than done. “Perfecting” a product/service takes round
We are extremely excited to announce a new partnership with KeyBank Foundation. The “KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program, Powered by JumpStart” initiative is designed to stimulate economic growth and workforce development by fostering small business success in communities throughout Ohio and upstate New York. Below we have answered some of the questions you’re likely
You’ve likely heard it before, “think of the marketing and sales cycle as a funnel.” But what does that actually mean, and how can you apply an understanding of this funnel to help generate paying customers? Let’s start by considering the funnel’s basic goal and identifying the stages of the sales cycle that help you
In the beginning, startups are all about the idea. But young ventures grow quickly, and financials can get complicated fast. Get caught snoozing on your financial practices and you’ll find it much harder to demand a fair valuation, or raise the capital you need to keep growing. On Thursday, October 27 JumpStart hosted a conversation
Relocating to Cleveland’s re-imagined Health-Tech Corridor offers tremendous opportunities for innovative biomedical, healthcare and technology companies. On Wednesday, October 19, JumpStart and BioEnterprise hosted a discussion on the opportunities available in the HTC, as well as an overview of the resources and funding available through both organizations. Listen to a podcast recording of the event
To whom are you selling? This is one of the most basic, albeit crucial, questions you must answer when developing your go-to-market strategy. The answer will determine your target market, a group of potential customers who you intend to be the recipients of your marketing efforts. These customers are the people or organizations that have
With the launch of our three new investment funds, we have received hundreds of exciting applications from startups all across the country who are looking for the capital they need to grow. So far, the screening process has been a fantastic experience for our team! However, one theme we have picked up on is that
Are you familiar with the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor (HTC) and the tremendous opportunities it offers innovative biomedical, healthcare and technology companies? In 2010, the HTC was founded through a joint effort by BioEnterprise, The Cleveland Foundation, The City of Cleveland and MidTown Cleveland to provide suitable space to house the growing number of health-tech and
Whether you are job-seeking, looking for mentors or simply interested in forming new connections, you’ve heard time and time again how important it is to network and attend industry events. However, are you networking effectively, and maximizing your time at these gatherings? Here are seven tips for getting the most out of networking events: 1.
Fantasy football season is here and I’m looking at another year of barely scraping by. Out of the last four seasons, my only real success came in 2012, when my buddies somehow allowed me to get Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson at the peak of their powers. That was a true dream team.
Did you miss this standing-room-only session at Startup Scaleup 2016? Did you leave the session looking for even more information? If so, now’s your chance to listen to a second edition of “Building A Blockbuster Personal Brand.” In this podcast, Jacquie Chakirelis, Senior Digital Director at Advance Ohio, discusses the foundation of building a strong
Jacquie Chakirelis knows a thing or two about branding. Her successful career in marketing has afforded countless opportunities to build local and national audiences from scratch for her clients. She currently develops collaborative digital marketing strategies that focus on customer lifecycle engagement as Senior Digital Director for Advance Ohio, a digital marketing agency, while also