Meet Our Core City: Cleveland Impact Program’s Spring 2017 Cohort

We are excited to welcome the third cohort to our Core City: Cleveland Impact Program! As the name implies, the 12-week business assistance program is designed to drive economic impact in the city of Cleveland by helping individuals overcome obstacles to entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring. The free program accepted five aspiring entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneur Insight: Angela Flowers, Making A Difference Consulting

While interacting daily with children in the school system, Angela Flowers became painfully aware of the insufficient and inconsistent mental health care available to students. With experience as a licensed social worker and therapist, Angela knew she had the knowledge and skills needed to tackle this problem. In 2007, Angela co-founded Making A Difference Consulting,

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Diversity & Inclusion: Looking Forward To 2017, But First A Look Back

From an entrepreneurial perspective, 2016 was an incredible year for women— particularly for those with businesses located in economically distressed areas of Northeast Ohio, including JumpStart’s four female Core City Cleveland program graduates. While Cleveland’s female entrepreneurs spent the better part of the year capitalizing on new opportunities, breaking boundaries, and raising the bar, diverse

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Six Takeaways From My Visit To The White House To Discuss Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Minority-owned businesses and businesses located in distressed communities, are well positioned to revitalize their local economies. A recent study from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City suggests that with the right resources, these businesses can play a major role in transforming their communities by significantly lowering unemployment rates. That’s a big part of the

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The Future of Public/Private Partnerships & Capitalism Must Focus On Economic Equality

Our economic future must now be about doing significantly more work with high-potential firms and combining intellectual and financial resources at a significantly more ambitious scale. This blog post is part of the series “Closing the Racial Gaps: Together We Can”, which highlights efforts across the United States that show promise for closing racial opportunity

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How Venture Capital’s Diversity Problem Became Its Next Big Opportunity

This summer, the National Venture Capital Association released their first comprehensive report on diversity and inclusion in the venture capital space. Titled simply, “Building a More Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem,” the report is both a celebration of how far the industry has come, and a clarion call that there is much more work to be done.

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Female Entrepreneurs Are On The Rise, And Women Of Color Are Leading The Way

Did you know that women are the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs? According to the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express, the number of women-owned firms increased by 45 percent between 2007 and 2016, compared to 9 percent among all businesses. The data on the growth of firms started/owned by women

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When It Comes To Investors, Gender Does Matter

Since I’ve started working in the entrepreneurship space, women founders have slowly but surely started breaking into the tech space. While it’s not nearly equivalent to the number of men, the number of women who are co-founding or founding companies has nearly doubled from 9.5 percent of startups in 2009 to 18 percent in 2014.

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