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 Cleveland Foundation.



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

Upcoming Core City Events

“Pitch Your Business” Competition

Want to be part of our “Pitch Your Business” Competition on 4/19? We’ll be choosing 10 entrepreneurs from the city of Cleveland to pitch their business idea to our panel of judges. The winner will walk away with $1,000! To be eligible, you must make an appointment to present your pitch to one of our business advisors by 4/7. Pitches will be limited to four minutes (no slides or props allowed). We advise that you please reach out to us for specific guidance before you start crafting your pitch. We’ll notify all selected participants by 4/14. To make an appointment, email or call  216.456.2670.

Interested in being a spectator at the competition? Click here to reserve your seat.

Any submissions after 4/7 will not be eligible for the competition. Any participants who have received at least $500 from JumpStart in the past will also not be eligible for the competition.


<BLK hack> Cleveland Launch Event

BLK hack Cleveland, an educational and inspirational monthly event series designed to help African-American, Hispanic and other people of color hack into of technology, entertainment, education, and trends. We are truly passionate about helping our community of forward thinkers, future leaders, entrepreneurs, and startups succeed. This amazing series of speakers and presenters will decode the script to some of the most progressive industries will be a life changing experience.

When: March 27, 2017 – 5:30-8 pm
RSVP: Click here to register »


Impact Program Entrepreneur Showcase

Join us on 5/16 to meet our Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participants, along with a group of organizations dedicated to helping core city entrepreneurs all across Northeast Ohio.

This event will feature a series of “demo day” style pitches from each of the current Core City: Cleveland Impact Program participants, as well as a small exhibition hall, where attendees can network with resource providers and alumni of the Impact Program.

When: May 16, 2017 – 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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