IP Workshop With Isaac Molnar

On Thursday, January 12, JumpStart hosted an IP workshop with Isaac Molnar, Assistant Attorney General and Intellectual Property Counsel, Business Counsel Unit for the State of Ohio. This program focused on issues unique to web-based/software/app-based (“IT”) companies. The first topic, Intellectual property or IP, refers to trademark, trade secrets, patent and copyright law. Each of these

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How To Hire Your First Employee

Your business is growing and so is the workload. At this point, your young startup is likely seeking additional bandwidth, new skills and maybe even a fresh perspective. All of which can be obtained by adding a new member to the team. Hiring your first employee is huge step forward for your company, but that

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How Does A Lead Become A Customer?

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

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Entrepreneur Insight: Al Hawkins, Milo Biotechnology

Driven by the rarity of the disease and the fact that there were no viable therapies on the market, Al Hawkins set out on a mission to enhance the lives of patients diagnosed with debilitating and incurable muscular dystrophies. In 2012, he founded Milo Biotechnology, a clinical-stage startup working to develop gene therapies to treat

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Candid Conversation: Entrepreneurship & Family Sacrifice

Entrepreneurship can be exciting and rewarding. But the long hours and high stress can take a real toll—on you and the people who care about you. On Tuesday, December 6, JumpStart invited entrepreneurs and their families to the Great Lakes Science Center for an honest discussion about the sacrifices they make on a daily basis.

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From Pitch To Close, This Is How Long A Deal Takes

Sometimes entrepreneurs go into investor meetings expecting a “Shark Tank” experience. In reality, the typical investment process is quite different. That’s because unlike Mr. Wonderful, JumpStart, and most other venture capital firms, are not positioned to bring forth a term sheet within minutes of learning about your business. When we initially meet with a company,

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Accounting For Growth: How Strong Financial Planning Can Make Or Break A Startup

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

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4 Reasons To Move Your Business To The Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor

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

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7 Tips For Maximizing Networking Opportunities

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.

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