Diversity As A Competitive Advantage

Creating inclusive economic ecosystems is not about charity.

Diverse teams routinely outperform those dominated by one race or gender and industries ruled by sameness will never be as innovative as they should be. Despite these facts, there remains a critical gap in funding and support for high potential, women- and minority-led businesses.

At JumpStart, more than a third of the companies we support are owned or led by women and minorities. In addition, we are constantly looking for new ways to engage with disconnected populations who have not traditionally reaped the benefits of entrepreneurship.

 

 

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We encourage minority and women entrepreneurs to think differently about entrepreneurship and consider starting high growth ventures or growing their existing small business.
network-iconSTRENGTH IN NUMBERS
We strive to increase the number of women- and minority-owned businesses seeking venture or angel capital investment and we help them prepare to solicit these investments.
plan-iconINCLUSIVE NETWORKING
We help connect minority talent, investors, researchers and other historically underrepresented groups to the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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We Take Diversity Seriously

53% of our board members are either minority or female and our staff is 54% female and 19% minority.

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Advancing The Needs Of Diverse Entrepreneurs

Our genuine commitment to inclusion allows us to help realize a rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and promise.

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We promote, host and produce educational or networking events and communications specifically targeted to diverse entrepreneurial audiences. JumpStart also works closely with the regional chapters of the National Black MBA Association, National Society of Hispanic MBAs, Esperanza, Inc and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and we are connected to national organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, the Association of Black Engineers Scientists and Technicians, Urban Financial Services Association, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), The Initiative For A Competitive Inner City (ICIC), the United Negro College Fund and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
moneyINTENSIVE HANDS-ON ASSISTANCE
We provide hands-on strategic planning to enable high-potential minority, women and core city entrepreneurs to articulate their high growth plans, access investment funds and move their businesses through key growth milestones.
network-iconINSPIRATION
By sharing stories of resilience and success, we inspire prospective and current diverse entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams of empowering their communities through business growth.  Diverse entrepreneurs share their experiences and learnings through our e-zines, local and national media outlets, educational workshops, podcasts and recognition events.
ACCESS TO CAPITAL & CLIENT CONNECTIONS
We introduce diverse entrepreneurs to a national network of capital sources, including the recently launched Focus Fund, a $10 million fund that invests seed capital in tech-based companies led by minority and/or female entrepreneurs throughout Ohio.

Our relationships with regional and national certifying organizations and chief procurement officers of some of the nation’s largest corporations, help our thoroughly vetted client companies identify, approach and secure their first major client.