Ron Stubblefield Hired to Lead Multi-Organizational Initiative to Advance Equity in Regional Tech Entrepreneurship

Leaders from the Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI), the Hispanic Business Center, The Presidents’ Council, The Urban League of Greater Cleveland, and JumpStart selected Ron Stubblefield to fill a newly created Shared Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) position. Based out of JumpStart’s Cleveland headquarters, Stubblefield will act as a collaborative resource between the four organizations. The State of

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Startups are standing up to the challenges of COVID-19

Standing up a new business is never easy. There’s convincing investors and/or lenders to buy in, then corralling a few people to embrace the idea that a paycheck might turn into a payoff down the road and then convincing skeptical business owners to be customers. After that, whether the business is a hair salon or

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Payment Startup Mezu Aims To Be The Zoom Of Digital Payments

Video conferencing and streaming shows aren’t the only things getting a boost because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Turns out so are digital payments. At least at Mezu, the privacy-focused payment app that launched in 2017. Since millions of people have been sheltering at home, the app has seen a 60% uptick in downloads and is

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Microgrants from Business Growth Collaborative Enable Pivots for Vulnerable Entrepreneurs

The Business Growth Collaborative, an organization comprised of 11 organizations supporting entrepreneurs of color, disbursed $100,000 in grants to 20 minority-owned small businesses in Northeast Ohio in response to the COVID-19 crisis. These contributions, called the Boost Fund, were released this month and were supported by a grant from the KeyBank Business Boost and Build

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$1.5 million in grants going to 300 Summit County small businesses

More than 300 small businesses in Summit County will receive a total of more than $1.5 million in funding through a program created to provide emergency relief during the coronavirus pandemic. Summit County and the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that 311 small businesses in the county will receive funding from the COVID-19

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ReadySet Surgical Closes $5.5M Series A Funding Round

JumpStart NEXT Fund Leads Round, Senior Partner Rem Harris Joins Board of Directors ReadySet Surgical, a Healthcare IT company on a mission to drive efficiency and compliance within the surgical supply chain, has announced a $5.5 Million Series A financing led by Cleveland-based JumpStart Inc.’s NEXT Fund. Also participating in the funding round are all

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