JumpStart Inc.

Angel investments can be vital to a company’s growth and development. However, knowing how to access this capital—or figuring out what angel investors are looking for—can be daunting. In this roundtable conversation, angel investor Ben Sheridan, North Coast Angel Fund Executive Director Todd Federman and JumpStart Chief Investment Officer Lynn-Ann Gries discuss the angel investing process—everything from what they look for in an investment and how companies should prepare to pitch (or receive) angel investment to why angels are important to the economy.

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We opened Cleveland Magazine’s annual issue devoted to the region’s most interesting people and were thrilled, but not surprised, to see two of JumpStart’s favorite entrepreneurs featured this year: Laura Bennett, CEO and co-founder of Embrace Pet Insurance and Lindsay Sims, founder of the IT startup Renter’s Boom. Both IT-savvy female founders are growing innovative companies and blazing trails as part of a growing number of successful female entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio.

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The 2012 Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Expo featured 117 young companies, more than 30 entrepreneurial support providers and welcomed over 1200 registered attendees ... making it JumpStart's biggest startup showcase yet.

One of the highlights of the expo was an entrepreneur panel discussion, "Northeast Ohio Startup Success Stories You Should Know" which offered many insights into starting and growing a multimillion-dollar company in Northeast Ohio.

Hosted by Jacqueline Acho, President of The Acho Group, the panel included: Dr. David Kay (CMO of Orthohelix Surgical Designs), Andy Lefkowitz (President and CEO of Ganeden Biotech), Ron Seide (VP & General manager of Connectivity Products Business Unit at Laird Technologies ) and Brittney Gonzalez (PR Manager at LivingSocial).

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LLC, C-Corp or S-Corp: What's Right for My Business?

On Thursday, September 6, JumpStart invited Jonathon Vinocur, Partner at Thompson Hine, LLP, to speak at the information session, "LLC, C-Corp or S-Corp: What's Right for My Business?" At this Dominion-sponsored event, Vinocur discussed why forming an entity is one of the most important things entrepreneurs can do to protect their businesses and personal assets. He also explained the differences among LLCs, C-Corps and S-Corps--including the requirements needed to maintain them-and also shared examples of times when entrepreneurs made the right and wrong choices.

Direct download: LLC_Final.mp3
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Why is Northeast Ohio the right place to start a business? Listen to the podcast to hear how some of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs are harnessing Northeast Ohio’s funding opportunities, comprehensive small business resources and top talent.

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According to a new survey of Generation Y workers, one of the most popular majors for that group is "entrepreneurial studies." This is a relatively new area of study, and it’s also a discipline that’s not easily summarized. Still, the Northeast Ohio educators, entrepreneurs and students interviewed in the latest JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network podcast believe that entrepreneurial education has great value outside of the classroom—and fosters skills and strengths which resonate long after graduation.

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On Thursday, August 2, 2012, the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network invited regional investors to provide an overview of area  funding opportunities and take questions from entrepreneurs about accessing capital— from venture capital investors to the federal government and everything in between.

The Capital Continuum in Northeast Ohio, sponsored by Charter One and moderated by Jumpstart's Chief Economic Inclusion Officer Darrin Redus, featured an investment panel of Ken Marblestone (President of Charter One and RBS Citizens), Daniel Kellogg (Managing Director of Crystal Venture Funds), Clay Rankin (Manager of North Coast Angel Fund), Jerry Frantz (Managing Venture Partner at JumpStart), and Dennis Cocco (Associate Director at Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise and Manager of the Innovation Fund).

For more information on Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial resources visit www.jumpstartnetwork.org.

Direct download: CapitalContinuumFinal.mp3
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On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, JumpStart and The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) invited area interns to learn about tech-based entrepreneurship in Greater Cleveland and network with other college students interning in the region.

Direct download: Intern101_Podcast.mp3
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