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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Three Reasons To Be Very Optimistic About Ohio’s Entrepreneurial Future: Observations From The 2016 VentureOhio Gala

Last week, I attended the third-annual VentureOhio Gala, an event designed to celebrate the year’s biggest entrepreneurial success and share the results of the annual Ohio VentureReport. But as I enjoyed the night, I couldn’t help thinking how much different things used to be. I left California in 1995, moving to Cleveland to join a

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[PODCAST] The Female Founders’ Guide To Funding, Business Assistance Resources And Venture Capital In Northeast Ohio

On August 18, JumpStart hosted a conversation about the many ways female founders are defying the statistics and securing funding for their businesses. The discussion centered around the approach entrepreneurs can take to leverage the funding and resources available in Northeast Ohio, including female-specific programs and capital options. Listen to the event below, recorded on

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The Female Founders’ Guide To Funding, Business Assistance Resources And Venture Capital In Northeast Ohio

Raising capital is hard enough, but did you know that only 2.7 % of venture capital investment goes to female-founded businesses? On Thursday, August 18th, JumpStart hosted an insightful panel discussion examining how female founders are defying the statistics and finding creative paths to funding, entitled The Female Founders’ Guide To Raising Capital. As part

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Discover How Women Are Charting Creative Paths To Funding

Female entrepreneurs are getting creative with their funding efforts, but not necessarily by choice. According to a study conducted by Babson College, just 2.7% of venture capital-funded companies are female-owned. Probable influences of this statistic, include a lack of female investors, females operating lifestyle or service-based businesses not typically of interest to venture capitalists, females

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