5 Essential Legal Issues To Address Before Securing Venture Capital

According to the MoneyTree™ Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, venture capitalists invested $71.9 billion in 5,052 deals last year in the U.S., making 2017 the second year that saw dollar funding top $70B. The PwC MoneyTree Report further notes that global funding increased nearly 50% in 2017, with $164B invested across 11,042 deals. So what are these

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The Fine Art Of Financial Forecasting

Forecasting is an entrepreneur’s best attempt to map the future financial performance of their business. Done well, the financials are a powerful tool; but they are as much art as science—especially when you’re raising cash from investors who are looking for “explosive and credible” growth or you’re preparing to develop operational and staffing plans that

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Market Validation: Are You Doing It Wrong?

When I started my first successful company I spent a great deal of time validating my belief that I had found a big problem, in a big market, with customers willing to spend money for the solution. Still, it took me almost two years to start seeing real traction and predictability in my revenue. It

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7 Must-Read Mentoring Articles

Mentors provide startups an advantage, and there’s proof. According to stats reported by the Startup Genome Project, startups are seven times more likely to raise investment money and three-and-a-half times more likely to grow user numbers for their products and services if they have helpful mentors. However, other aspects of the process aren’t so clear-cut:

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Introducing StartupNEO.org: The Easiest Way For Entrepreneurs To Access Resources In Northeast Ohio

Have you ever wondered what types of organizations and resources are available to help Northeast Ohio’s tech entrepreneurs grow their ventures, reach their goals and achieve their dreams? Look no further! We’re thrilled to announce the launch of StartupNEO.org, the Northeast Ohio Startup Network’s easy-to-navigate directory of local space, capital, advice, support and connections needed

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Tips For Tracking Your Supplier Diversity Data

Last month, JumpStart Accounting Manager Nancy Schlairet and I flew to Las Vegas to present at Advantage 2017, Sage Intacct’s annual gathering of its accounting system’s users and partners. The slogan for this year’s gathering was “Lead the Future,” a phrase that could just as easily be applied to what JumpStart is trying to do

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[PODCAST] 10 Ways To Ruin A Website

Your website should be the hub of all your marketing efforts … so is yours a 24/7 lead generating machine or an out-of-date embarrassment? With years of digital marketing experience, the web gurus at Kiwi Creative—a Cleveland-based marketing studio for B2B software and technology companies—have seen the good, bad and downright ugly of all things website-related.

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New $25k Startup Competition Seeks CWRU Student And Alumni Founders

Late in the summer, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) partnered with university trustee and venture capitalist Bob Pavey, JumpStart and the Morgenthaler family to introduce the new Morgenthaler-Pavey Startup Competition. Designed to identify and support high-potential startup companies coming out of CWRU, the annual competition is currently seeking applications from ventures whose founding teams include

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Want Profit? Take Care Of Your Customers First

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

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[Podcast] Scaling Up: Grow Or Die

When it comes to running a business, time stands still for no one. New competitors, new customers and new industry disruptions add up over time to create one simple truth—If you stop working to stay relevant, your business will inevitably start to decline. In this session of “Scaling Up”—a new JumpStart event series focused on

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Five Tips For Applying What You Learned At Startup Scaleup 2017

At this year’s Startup Scaleup, you heard inspiring talks from subject matter experts, learned a thing or two about growing your own business and made valuable connections. But what happens now? How do you go about implementing all of this knowledge in a real-world setting? Here are a few tips to help you get started:

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