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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KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program: Frequently Asked Questions

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

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These Investor Laws Are Stunting Startup Growth

Columbus, Detroit, Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland — startup hot spots like these are popping up across the nation as innovation and entrepreneurship are on the rise. However, while momentum is building in the Midwest, several misguided business regulations are stunting the startup community’s full potential. After much discussion with fellow VentureOhio board members, including Mark Kvamme of Drive Capital

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How Revenue Conduit Pulled Itself Up By The Bootstraps

For most people, the word bootstrap means a piece of leather that helps you put on your shoe. But for entrepreneurs, it’s also a method of self-funding a business to get it off the ground. Akron startup Revenue Conduit is a great local example of a successfully “bootstrapped” business. Founders Daniel Kurt and Parag Jagdale

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Risky Business: All startup investments come with risk, but that doesn’t erase the need for strong founder fundamentals

Anyone familiar with the venture capital industry knows that it is a high-risk, high-reward business. A startup that succeeds can make a lot of money for themselves and their investors. However—as the common VC proverb goes—for every one startup that hits it big, another nine will fail. In reality, the numbers probably aren’t quite that stark.

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Due Diligence Is Important On Both Sides Of The Investing Table

Here at JumpStart, we are currently supporting tech startups from three separate investment funds totaling $40 million dollars. So as you can imagine, we are getting a lot of attention from entrepreneurs. But, there are likely even more out there waiting for the right time to connect. That’s because entrepreneurs are often uncertain about when

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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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