Meet Cohort Nine of the Core City: Cleveland Impact Program

We are excited to welcome the ninth cohort to our Core City: Cleveland Impact Program! This 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.

Over the next three months, these entrepreneurs will be learning and working together alongside JumpStart’s Core City: Cleveland team—culminating in a demo day-style competition on May 13, where program participants will use their new knowledge and skills to pitch to a panel of judges. The grand prize pitch will take home $10,000, and each of the other participants will receive $2,500 to help them grow their businesses.


Iron Koi
Rashida VanLeer-McHargh

Iron Koi is a certified personal training service offering private studio training, group training, in-home/in-office training sessions, event appearances and competition prep coaching. Inspired by the koi fish – Iron Koi symbolizes strength, personal determination, perseverance over adversity and inevitable success.


Cleveland Flower Walls
Denisha & Andrew Anderson

Cleveland Flower Walls was launched in January 2019 after founder Denisha Anderson created her first flower wall as a DIY project for her own wedding. Now, the company offers the service to clients, hand-setting each custom cut flower into a wall designed specifically for each customer’s needs.


SLMG Elite Events & Weddings
Lisha Navarro

The Elite Event Co is a one-stop-shop for event coordination and planning services. Coordinators consult with each client to discover their vision and budget and consider all the senses: sight, smell, sound, touch and taste to create an unforgettable experience that meets the needs of every client.


Foundation Transportation
Karl Singleton

Founded in 2013, Foundation Transportation caters to business executives and VIP clientele. The company strives to be a one-stop-shop for a luxury transportation experience, offering top-of-the-line luxury vehicles paired with professional and veteran fleet chauffeurs.


Fizz Creative
Katie Melnick

Fizz creative is an award-winning strategic design & branding studio founded on the concept that the best brand connections occur beyond the logo. The company specializes in developing strong, confident visual systems that create more memorable businesses.


Fetch & Co.
Abbey Markiewitz & Julia Gramenz

Launched by two stay-at-home moms turned small business owners, Fetch & Co. is a clothing boutique with a mission to make sure women feel beautiful and comfortable in their clothes. Their highly curated selections complement each other from season to season and are always on trend and easy to wear.