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
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,
According to a recent report from Cisco, about 40 percent of today’s leading companies will be displaced from their market position by digital disruption in the next few years. In the words of entrepreneur and author Grant Cardone, “To get to the next level of whatever you are doing, you must think and act in
Vibrant cities require a diverse mix of businesses to thrive and to grow, including small, high-growth tech and mid-market companies.
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
Last month, LinkedIn released the results of a survey of its members, gathering the opinions of more than 600 startup investors and founders on the current state of diversity in the venture capital industry. The results — though unsurprising to many of us — were quite sobering. In an industry where 98 percent of senior
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
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
Silicon Valley bros are seriously misguided. On Wednesday, venture capitalist John Greathouse published a piece in The Wall Street Journal titled, “Why Women in Tech Might Consider Just Using Their Initials Online.” In a nutshell, he argues that the world of VC is so gender-biased that the best way for women to access opportunity is
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.
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
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.