Cleveland’s entrepreneurial community is anchored by the Cleveland Entrepreneurship Center and JumpStart, a company that connects founders with cash and human capital. Both of these organizations are tapping into the entrepreneurial potential of the midwest to create jobs across the region. JumpStart has even set a goal of bringing 10,000 jobs to Cleveland in the next 10 years.
Startups are flocking to Cleveland from elsewhere in the midwest due in large part to the supportive community. Cleveland’s startup supporters focus on early-stage businesses, boasting almost 10 accelerators and incubators in the city alone. Reducing the barriers to investment is a challenge for the city, however, northeast Ohio startups raised more in venture and angel capital last year than they have in the past 10 years. With the support of the GEW community, Cleveland entrepreneurship will continue to grow.