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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When It Comes to Startup Success, The Market Is King

Entrepreneurs and investors alike often haggle about which is the more important ingredient for startup success, the product or the team behind it. Is the idea the sun around which everything else orbits? Or, are there truly rock star personalities out there who can turn even mediocre ideas into strong startups? Almost everyone I’ve met

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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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Who Is Your Target Customer?

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

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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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Dream Teams: Great For Fantasy Football, More Complicated For Startups

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.

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[PODCAST] Building A Blockbuster Personal Brand

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

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Event Recap: Building A Blockbuster Personal Brand

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

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[PODCAST] How To Get Your Next 100 Sales Leads

Did you miss this interactive discussion centered on building a healthy sales pipeline? Did you leave the session looking for even more information? If so, now’s your chance to listen to “How To Get Your Next 100 Sales Leads.” In this podcast, you’ll hear Ryan O’Donnell, the founder of Cleveland startup SellHack, explain how he

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