JumpStart Names Gary Shamis as New Board Chair

JumpStart Inc. has named Gary Shamis of Winding River Consulting as the newest chair of its Board of Directors. Shamis succeeds outgoing chair William Seelbach of The Riverside Co., who recently completed his three-year term and remains a part of the board as chair emeritus. “Gary is an experienced business leader, a respected community voice and a successful entrepreneur,”

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JumpStart Supports Northwest Ohio Entrepreneurs

Startups and small businesses in Northwest Ohio now have access to expanded support resources through JumpStart, Inc. The Cleveland-based entrepreneurial support organization has opened a Toledo office and is working closely with a host of local partners to serve both tech founders and traditional small businesses owners across the region. “JumpStart’s goal is to be a valuable resource for entrepreneurs

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JumpStart Crosses $50M Investing Milestone

JumpStart Inc. is closing 2018 with its most significant investing milestone to date, having deployed more than $51M of pre-seed and seed venture capital into high-potential tech companies across Ohio. This milestone follows a record-setting year for the JumpStart investing team, which deployed nearly $8M in Fiscal Year 2018, the most capital ever invested by the organization in a single

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JumpStart Appoints Three New Board Members

Cleveland Organization Adds Experienced Entrepreneurs, Investors and Corporate Leaders to its Board Cleveland-based JumpStart Inc. has announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors. Joining the board are: Karim Botros: Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, MetroHealthBotros oversees business and corporate development, innovation and integration at MetroHealth, as well

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Canton Officially Launches Downtown Innovation District, Announces Support From JumpStart

Cleveland Venture Development Organization Will Open an Office in the District to Serve Stark County Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners The City of Canton is taking the final steps toward the launch of its innovation district, designed to attract and facilitate growth of technology-oriented businesses in Stark County. In regular session on October 1, Canton City Council approved legislation that

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Blockland Cleveland Hires Project Manager

Role Will Focus on Developing Strategic Plan and Advancing Collaborations Today, JumpStart Inc. announced it has hired Kenneth Clarke as Project Manager for Blockland Cleveland — a community effort to establish a blockchain ecosystem in Northeast Ohio and put the region at the forefront of blockchain thought leadership. Clarke is an experienced brand-builder, marketer, fundraiser and leader with deep ties to Northeast

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Midwest Investors Double Down On Fintech Startup

Cleveland Startup Mezu Raises $10M Series A Round with Funding from Draper Triangle Ventures, JumpStart, Draper Associates, the Ohio Innovation Fund and North Coast Angel Fund Midwest investors are all in on Cleveland fintech startup Mezu (www.mezu.com). The company officially launched its mobile payment app this summer after raising a $10M Series A round and quickly drawing attention from

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JumpStart’s Startup Scaleup Event Returns To Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District On June 26

On June 26, JumpStart will be teaming with some of its closest partners and collaborators for Startup Scaleup—an event celebrating the growth of Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and showcasing the full array of local resources available to help entrepreneurs succeed. Learn more about Startup Scaleup at www.startupscaleup.org. Presented by KeyBank and powered by JumpStart, Startup

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KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program, Powered By JumpStart, Awards $110K To Center For Economic Growth, Community Loan Fund And Excelsior Growth Fund To Fund Collaboration In New York’s Capital Region

Program awards grants across Upstate New York to help economic development organizations connect with small businesses in underrepresented communities Today, the KeyBank Business Boost & Build program, powered by JumpStart, awarded $110,000 to the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) in collaboration with two other Capital Region nonprofits, the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region

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KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program, Powered By JumpStart, Awards $120K To Akron Urban League And ConxusNEO

Grant will Fund New Project to Address Unemployment and Underemployment Among Minorities The KeyBank Business Boost & Build program, powered by JumpStart, has awarded $120,000 to fund a collaboration between two prominent Akron organizations—the Akron Urban League and ConxusNEO. Together, these two organizations will launch the Summit Workforce Development Project to address unemployment and underemployment

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KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program, Powered By JumpStart, Awards $100K To i.c.stars|*COLUMBUS To Expand Coding Boot Camps

Grant will Also Fund New Programs to Help Minority Entrepreneurs Build Digital Literacy Skills Today, the KeyBank Business Boost & Build program, powered by JumpStart, awarded $100,000 in funding to i.c.stars|*COLUMBUS through the KeyBank Center for Technology, Innovation and Inclusive Growth. Originally founded in Chicago, i.c.stars has expanded its technology, leadership, and business training program

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KeyBank Business Boost & Build Program, Powered By JumpStart, Awards $115,000 To Syracuse’s CenterState Corporation For Economic Opportunity

Program will celebrate National Small Business Month by awarding grants across Upstate New York to help economic development organizations connect with small businesses in underrepresented communities The KeyBank Business Boost & Build program, powered by JumpStart, is celebrating the start of National Small Business Month by awarding $115,000 to Syracuse’s CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity

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