The Core City: Cleveland Program

Through JumpStart’s Core City: Cleveland program, entrepreneurs and small business owners who live or own a business in the city of Cleveland can work with JumpStart’s team of experts through a one-on-one consultation. In these free meetings, we can help you identify key tasks for your business, develop a plan for achieving them and access the people, dollars and resources you need to grow.

To get started, make an appointment with one of our business advisors (evening appointments are available) by calling us at 216.456.2670, or emailing

We’ll also be hosting a series of workshops and competitions, where entrepreneurs and small business owners will have the opportunity to win financial awards or free business and marketing assistance.

This program is supported by the KeyBank Business Boost and Build program, the Cleveland Foundation and the City of Cleveland.



Make an appointment with our business assistance experts, who are available to provide personalized assistance to help you grow your business or idea. Evening appointments are available.
Call Core City: Cleveland to schedule an appointment at 216.456.2670
Email us at

Core City: Cleveland Pitch Competition 2018

Do you live or own a business in Cleveland or one of its neighborhoods? Want to pitch your business in front of a live audience for a chance to win $2,500?

Schedule your appointment with a Core City: Cleveland advisor today!

  • To be eligible for the April 18 competition, you must first make an appointment for office hours to review your pitch with one of our business advisors no later than February 28, 2018. All finalists will be notified by March 16.
  • To make an appointment for office hours email or call 216.456.2670.

10 finalists will be selected for the competition. These finalists will then receive additional assistance from the Core City team to refine their pitches.

On April 18, all finalists will pitch at JumpStart in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. The winner will take home $2,500, while the other finalists will each receive $500.

All are invited to watch these pitches and network with event attendees–click here to register as a spectator.

Upcoming Core City Events

Open Mic Pitch Night
Do you live or own a business in the city of Cleveland? If so, the stage is yours on October 3rd! Pitch your idea/business in front of your fellow entrepreneurs and get real-time constructive feedback from our panel of experts. It’s a great opportunity to polish your pitching skills while networking and making valuable connections in the process. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided.

When: October 3, 2017 – 5:30-8 pm
RSVP: Click here to register

Core City Cleveland: Entrepreneur Showcase
Join us on 12/6 to meet the fourth batch of Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participants and hear their “demo day” style pitches as they compete for a shot at $10,000.

When: December 6, 2017 – 5:30-8 pm
RSVP: Click here to register

Watch Our “Pitch Your Business Competition”
Come to support 10 Core City: Cleveland entrepreneurs as they pitch their business to our panel of judges! Each business will have four minutes to share their business idea with the potential to win $2,500.

When: April 18, 2018– 5:30-8 pm
RSVP: Click here to register

Directions To Core City: Cleveland

Core City: Cleveland is headquarted in the offices of JumpStart Inc. at MidTown Tech Park, situated between Euclid and Carnigie, just east of E 66th Street.

From The West
By Car: Drive east on Euclid Ave. Right turn after E 66th Street.
By Bus: Ride the Healthline from Downtown to the E 66th Street Station.

From The East
By Car: Drive west on Carnegie Ave. Right turn after E 69th Street.
By Bus: Ride the Healthline from the Cleveland Clinic area to the E 69th Street Station.



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