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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Northeast Ohio AI startups want to hire people, not replace them

The Cleveland startup LIFTR uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help companies model how audiences will engage with ads, saving businesses the time and money of traditional A/B testing. Although it just released its first product in January, the company has already attracted a number of significant clients, said co-founder Ted Troxell. Still, as he looks

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MedPilot lands $1.5 million from investors

MedPilot, a Cleveland software company that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to transform patient billing, moved to Cleveland from New York in 2018 to bring two of its founders back home, and to become part of Northeast Ohio’s growing health care technology sector. Now, it’s heading to its own next stage of growth. MedPilot

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EmployStream Raises $7 Million in Series B Funding for Onboarding Software

EmployStream, the leading provider of onboarding automation to the staffing industry, announced the close of its $7 million Series B funding round led by Plymouth Growth Partners, with support from several key investors including JumpStart, Rev1 Ventures, Ohio Innovation Fund and North Coast Angel Fund. EmployStream will use the capital to expand product development, increase

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