Five Questions With Making A Difference Consulting Founder Angela Flowers

As a licensed social worker, Angela Flowers has a knack for nurturing children and families that deal with difficult issues in their daily lives. While working in the school system, Angela realized that the mental health care for students was insufficient. Angela decided to tackle this problem by co-founding Making A Difference Consulting, an in-school

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A Tribute To David T. Morgenthaler

Anyone who has ever taken on a challenge, including starting or growing a company, knows that a great mentor is one of the most important assets one can have. On June 17th, one of my most important mentors, David Morgenthaler, passed away. David didn’t just succeed at venture capital—he helped to invent the industry. I was

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Five Questions With Triogen Founder Tasheika Johnson

Tasheika Johnson understands the negative consequences that inconsistent prescription drug use can have on patients and those around them. Recognizing an opportunity to solve this problem, she created a software designed to keep physicians updated on their chronic disease/mental health patient’s medication adherence, allowing for improved healthcare. Tasheika is also part of JumpStart’s Core City:

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Startup Scaleup 2016 In Pictures And Video

The entrepreneurial energy was flowing throughout the Gordon Square Arts District on June 28, as more than 1,300 individuals gathered to attend workshops and panel discussions, pitch their businesses and connect with mentors during Startup Scaleup. At 15 different venues, the event offered over 40 sessions geared towards a wide variety of businesses in different stages

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Sidewalk To Stage Winner Spotlight: Michelle Felder and StyleMyEvent.com

The Fourth of July has a little added meaning for serial entrepreneur Michelle Felder. In a way, it’s her own Independence Day, as this past July 4 Michelle celebrated nine years of full-time business ownership. Her most recent venture, StyleMyEvent.com, is an innovative approach to seamlessly planning and executing couture cocktail and dinner parties. In

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5 Tips For A Successful Investor Meeting

So, you’ve secured a meeting with a potential investor; now what? The pitch can be intimidating, but preparing a thoughtful approach beforehand will put you in a position to leave a great first impression and lay the right groundwork for a successful relationship going forward. Here are five tips to help ensure a great pitch,

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Sidewalk To Stage Winner Spotlight: Xyla Foxlin and Parihug

Although virtual communication can lessen the strain of distance, it doesn’t replace the physical connection we miss when our loved ones are away. Taking inspiration from her own long distance relationship, Xyla Foxlin has spent the last year engineering a way to physically communicate using technology. The Case Western Reserve University engineering student is the

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Sidewalk To Stage Winner Spotlight: Ben Colas and KinderKits

A staggering 25 of 26 kindergarten students were considered unprepared for kindergarten when they entered Ben Colas’s class on the first day of school last year. Colas, a teacher for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, took it upon himself to solve this problem. He developed KinderKits—an educational toolkit that provides parents with clear expectations as

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When Do You Stop Being A Startup?

At what point does your business lose the startup label? Does it happen during a moment of sudden realization that your company has outgrown its first space? Or is it the day you no longer rely on venture capital to keep the lights on? At JumpStart, we have a less abstract, more concrete answer to

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Five Questions With Asbestek Founder William Beard

Experience is usually the best teacher. For William Beard, his hands-on business experience as an asbestos contractor helped him to see a major opportunity for a technology-based tool that can improve process for other contractors in the industry. We recently sat down with William to talk about the idea behind his startup, Asbestek, his participation

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Three Tips For Naming Your Startup

When it comes to naming your startup, there is no formal methodology, or set of hard and fast rules to follow. This can make the process as frustrating as it is fun. Undoubtedly, giving the world a name to go along with the face of your company will be one of your most important early

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The Art Of Pivoting

In the beginning, a new venture is essentially a collection of hypothesis. Even with market research in hand, at its core, a business plan is mostly an educated guess about what customers want. As a result, the chances are extremely high that one or more aspects of your original business plan will be flawed in

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