JumpStart Selects Five Small Businesses for 20th Impact Program Cohort

JumpStart proudly announces the five small businesses selected to participate in its 20th cohort of the Small Business Impact Program, marking a significant milestone in its history. Celebrating a landmark 20th year, JumpStart is doubling its commitment to supporting local businesses by increasing the Impact Program Showcase top prize to $20,000. This increase underscores JumpStart’s

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JumpStart Board of Directors Names Julie Jacono As New CEO

JumpStart’s Board of Directors has named Julie Jacono as its new CEO, following an extensive national search. Jacono is currently Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at The MetroHealth System. She will begin the onboarding process in late December, and will succeed founding CEO Ray Leach, who recently departed after nearly 20 years. “Julie is an

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JumpStart to Present Two Marquee Events at FutureLAND 2023

On Thursday, October 5, JumpStart will host two special editions of Pitch Cypher and Founders Unfiltered as part of the highly anticipated FutureLAND conference. The back-to-back events will be held at Cibreo Privato in the city’s Playhouse Square district. Founders Unfiltered Featuring Luke Cooper The evening kicks off with Founders Unfiltered, an enlightening and candid

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JumpStart Appoints Corey James as Chief Equity, Outreach and Initiatives Officer

JumpStart, a leading nonprofit venture development organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Corey James as its new Chief Equity, Outreach and Initiatives Officer. James will be taking over the role previously held by Lamont Mackley, who retired earlier this year. In this function, James will play a pivotal role in advancing JumpStart’s work

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JumpStart and the Cleveland Browns Announce Return of the Small Business Training Camp

Half-day, capital-focused event featuring workshops, pitch competition and networking at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Aug. 17. JumpStart and the Cleveland Browns will host the second annual Small Business Training Camp at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 17, 2023. This half-day, small business intensive will deliver critical information and resources to help business owners launch and

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Startups and Small Businesses Generated More Than $1.3B in Economic Output and Nearly 11,000 jobs Across Northern Ohio in 2022

Report Shows Economic Impact of Companies Supported by JumpStart and Partner Organizations JumpStart has released its yearly economic impact report, tracking the outcomes of the startups and small businesses assisted by the organization and its partners. The report, prepared by Silverlode Consulting, shows these startups and small businesses generated more than $1.3 billion in economic

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Aleksandra Brankov of Cafilia Wins Top Prize at JumpStart’s Pitch Cypher Event

Aleksandra Brakov owner of Cafilia, a coffee-subscription tech platform, took home the $1,500 top prize at last night’s tech focus pitch event. Jay R. Fogle and Karan’Ja Williams also received prize money for their technology startups. Pitch Cypher, held on March 30, 2023, at Re:Bar in Downtown Cleveland, was the first in the series of

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JumpStart Makes Commitment to Latino/Hispanic Community through Multi-year Partnership in CentroVilla25 Initiative 

JumpStart and The Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development (NEOHCED) are working together to increase resources and high-impact support to the Latino/Hispanic business community through a multi-year commitment to the CentroVilla25 initiative. JumpStart’s Board of Directors recently approved a three-year, $750,000 commitment to the NEOHCED-led CentroVilla25 initiative to accelerate meaningful economic growth in the

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JumpStart Named a Target Circle Nonprofit Partner at Select Store Locations

JumpStart is pleased to announce that the organization has been selected as a nonprofit partner for the first cycle of the Target Circle Giving Program for 2023. Now through March 31, member-shoppers can use the Circle app to cast votes earned from eligible Target purchases towards JumpStart to help us earn a share of their

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Kimalon Dixon Joins JumpStart as Organization’s New Chief of Staff

JumpStart Inc. has hired Kimalon Dixon to fill its newly created Chief of Staff role. Dixon will be responsible for the strategic alignment of operations, programming and external partnerships to increase the organization’s ability to power initiatives driving economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem building across Northern Ohio. Dixon recently served as the Senior Project

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Axuall names senior VP of commercial growth

Axuall Inc., an IT/software company in Cleveland that provides workforce intelligence and digital credentialing in the healthcare industry, has added a senior vice president of commercial growth. The company on Tuesday, Nov. 1, announced it has named veteran healthcare technology executive Mike Bechtel to the role. Bechtel’s background is in patient and member engagement, data

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Drive My Way™ Closes $4.4 Million Series A Financing Round

Investment will enable Drive My Way to accelerate the growth of its driver-centric platform to meet rapidly increasing market demand and support customer growth. Drive My Way™, a Software-as-a-Service provider with a next-generation personalized recruiting marketplace focused on the trucking industry, today announced it has closed a $4.4 million Series A financing round led by First

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