JumpStart Mentoring Program Receives $1 Million Boost

Burton D. Morgan Foundation grant will allow JumpStart to broaden the reach of the Burton D. Morgan Mentoring Program. A JumpStart program that provides startups with mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs will broaden its reach through a $1 million grant from the Hudson-based Burton D. Morgan Foundation. The grant provides continuing support for JumpStart’s Burton D. Morgan Mentoring Program, which connects

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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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RideYellow And LISNR Team Up To Deliver First Transportation App That Connects Drivers And Riders Ultrasonically

LISNR, the world’s most advanced ultrasonic data platform; and RideYellow, one of the leading taxi apps in the US with over 2700 cabs across California and Florida, have announced today an integration whereby RideYellow riders and drivers will be able to connect seamlessly via LISNR’s ultrasonic data transmission technology. All taxis on the RideYellow app

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OnShift Inc. Receives Strategic Investment From California Firm Clearlake Capital

OnShift Inc. is poised to kick into a higher growth gear. The Cleveland-based post-acute care and senior living staff scheduling software company announced in a news release late Tuesday, Oct. 24, that it has received “a strategic equity investment” from private investment firm Clearlake Capital Group L.P., with participation from the Ziegler Link•Age Fund II

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Financial Payment App Mezu Launches In-App Promotional Game Show That Pays Big Live

Mezu, Inc., the new mobile payment app focused on privacy that launched in June of this year, is releasing an in-app game that highlights Mezu’s unique Give and Get functionality which ensures a completely private and secure money transfer transaction. Only Mezu offers users an incredibly easy, yet completely secure, encrypted location-based four-digit code users

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Stark County Hopes Innovation District Will Connect To New Jobs

It would be erroneous to declare Stark County officials and business leaders were blindsided by a 2017 report that suggested much work needed to be done to reverse the county’s troubling socioeconomic course. But it is fair to say the Strengthening Stark study, commissioned by the Stark Community Foundation, was a wakeup call. “It’s like

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Equinox Payments And LISNR® Team Up To Deliver Payments Using Ultrasonic Data Transmission

LISNR, the world’s most advanced ultrasonic data platform and Equinox Payments (“Equinox”), a leading provider of payment terminals, applications and support services, today announced a partnership to meet the increased demand for ultrasonic data solutions that enhance the payment and customer engagement at the point of sale. Equinox gains first mover advantage as the exclusive

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Q&A With JumpStart CEO Ray Leach: Cleveland Needs Culture Change

Since 2003, JumpStart has been working to grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northeast Ohio. Its mission is to promote economic transformation by unlocking entrepreneurs’ full potential. Jeff St. Clair sits down with Ray Leach, CEO of JumpStart, to discuss entrepreneurism in Northeast Ohio. Jeff St. Clair: What does Jumpstart do? Ray Leach: Jumpstart’s mission is

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Local Medical Device Firm Sotera Medical Gets Investment From Plug And Play

Plug and Play, a Silicon Valley-based startup business accelerator with a branch in Cleveland, has invested in a local medical device company called Sotera Medical Corp. Sotera Medical is developing a device designed to protect the esophagus during high-energy catheter ablation procedures used to treat atrial fibrillation, an irregular heatbeat that can cause dangerous complications.

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