JumpStart Inc.

Whether you live in Cleveland or California, building a world-class startup requires you to think on a global scale. 

On Thursday, March 30th, JumpStart invited a panel of experienced NEO entrepreneurs to Bottlehouse Brewery, to share real stories and offer real advice about getting the most out of your local resources, while also keeping your eye on the big picture.

Direct download: StartupStories-Local-Global.mp3
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On Thursday, January 12, JumpStart hosted an IP workshop with Isaac Molnar, Assistant Attorney General and Intellectual Property Counsel, Business Counsel Unit for the State of Ohio.

 

This program focused on issues unique to web-based/software/app-based (“IT”) companies. The first topic, Intellectual property or IP, refers to trademark, trade secrets, patent and copyright law. Each of these areas has issues unique to IT companies including: scope of trademark protection for SaaS companies, steps to take to preserve trade secrets, patentability of software and copyright ownership rights in source code.

 

In the second part of the event, Mr. Molnar addressed transactional or contract issues with a focus on SaaS agreements and end-user license agreements (EULA).

Direct download: IP-Podcast-FINAL.mp3
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Entrepreneurship can be exciting and rewarding. But the long hours and high stress can take a real toll—on you and the people who care about you.

On Tuesday, December 6, JumpStart invited entrepreneurs and their families to the Great Lakes Science Center for an honest discussion about the sacrifices they make on a daily basis.

Sponsored by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College.

Direct download: CandidConvo-Final.mp3
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Large companies have some major advantages over startups when it comes to finding and keeping employees. But small ventures can still compete for great talent when they focus on creating a company culture that supports and inspires people.

On November 16, JumpStart held a panel discussion with entrepreneurs and recruiters about using great culture to attract top talent.

Featuring:

  • Moderator: Dan Aerni, Director, Entrepreneurial Talent at JumpStart Inc.
  • Charlie Lougheed, Co-Founder, President & Chief Strategy Officer of Explorys (Now IBM Watson Health)
  • Alan Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Talent at CoverMyMeds
  • Gordon Daily, CEO & Co-Founder at BoxCast Inc.

 

Direct download: Talent-Hofbrauhaus-Final.mp3
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On Thursday, October 27 JumpStart hosted a conversation about setting up a strong financial structure that can help attract investors and set up both startups and scaleups for long-term success.

The panel experts provided both insight and advice, as well as stories from real entrepreneurs who are leveraging strong financial practices to drive growth.

Direct download: AccountingForGrowth-Final.mp3
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Relocating to Cleveland’s reimagined Health-Tech Corridor (HTC) offers tremendous opportunities for innovative biomedical, healthcare and technology companies.

On Wednesday, October 19, JumpStart and BioEnterprise hosted a discussion on the opportunities available in the HTC, as well as an overview of the resources and funding available through both organizations.

Direct download: HTC-Podcast_FINAL.mp3
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On Wednesday, September 21st, JumpStart hosted Jacquie Chakirelis, Senior Digital Director at Advance Ohio, for a discussion on the foundation of building a strong personal brand. In this podcast, Jacquie examines why the process of cultivating and managing a personal brand is so valuable for both entrepreneurs and business leaders, and also gives tips to help you start separating yourself from the competition immediately.

Direct download: Blockbuster-Brand-FINAL.mp3
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Ryan O’Donnell understands that great ideas don’t sell themselves. As co-founder and CEO of Cleveland-based SellHack, a sales prospecting and lead generation tool, he has set out to ensure the profitability of great products and services.

On September 14, Ryan led an interactive discussion, How To Get Your Next 100 Sales Leads, where he explained how technology can eliminate time-consuming manual processes—freeing time for entrepreneurs and sales teams to build relationships and close deals.

Direct download: 100SalesLeads-Final.mp3
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Did you miss this standing-room only session at Startup Scaleup 2016? Did you leave the session looking for even more information? If so, now's your chance to listen to a second edition of “How to Take Your Business From $2M - $10M.”

In this podcast, you’ll meet a whole new lineup of experienced entrepreneurs who share stories about growing their own businesses, including the challenges they faced and the resources they found most helpful.

Participants include:

Sally Schriner (moderator)- Venture Partner in JumpStart’s Entrepreneurial Advisory Services & Investing program.

Eamon Larkin- Chief Financial Officer at Budget Dumpster, a fast-growing Westlake company that specializes in providing local dumpster rentals to homeowners and contractors in 46 states.

Jeff Leo Herrmann- Chief Revenue Officer at Fathom, a digital marketing agency based in Valley View that is focused on sustainable growth and inspired transformation.

Pattie Wagner- Founder and CEO of Release Yoga, Inc.,an Akron-based yoga studio and boutique that has experienced triple-digit growth since its opening in 2013 and was recently voted “top yoga studio” by the Akron-Canton Hot List.

Sponsored by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College.

Direct download: 2to10-FINAL.mp3
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Raising capital is hard enough, but did you know that only 2.7 % of venture capital investment goes to female-founded businesses?

On Thursday, August 18th, JumpStart hosted an insightful panel discussion examining how female founders are defying the statistics and finding creative paths to funding.

This event, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, featured an all-star line-up of entrepreneurs, investors and change makers including Michelle Murcia (West Capital Advisors), Reka Barabas (Bad Girl Ventures), Wayne Wallace (Mutual Capital Partners), Natasha Pongonis (OYE! Business Intelligence), Audrey Wallace (Komae) and Cathy Belk (JumpStart).  

Direct download: Female-Founders-Final-ReEdit.mp3
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