VC  Jumpstart

     Office Locations:

6701 Carnegie Ave. Suite 100
Cleveland, OH 44103
Phone: 216-363-3400
Fax: 216-363-3401



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    JumpStart is a nationally recognized venture development organization that accelerates the progress of high potential, early-stage businesses to create a more prosperous future for Northeast Ohio. JumpStart, a non-profit organization, was formed in 2004 by a collaboration between NorTech (the Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition) and Case Western Reserve University. It was created to combine the efforts of four of the region's entrepreneurial service organizations to support the continued emergence of Northeast Ohio's innovative economy. Among several programs, JumpStart Ventures invests in and assists innovative, early-stage Northeast Ohio companies that have the potential to generate $30-$50 million in revenues in five to seven years. Early-stage investment from JumpStart starts at $250K and ranges up to a total of $600K. JumpStart is committed to investing in companies led by women and minority entrepreneurs, companies in varying stages of growth (though most are in the imagining or incubating stages and all must have less than $5 million in revenues), companies working in multiple industries, and companies located in varying counties within Northeast Ohio. Jumpstart has invested more than $21 million in its 56 portfolio companies. These companies have leveraged the investments eight times over, raising an additional $167 million in follow-on risk capital.



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    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Caroline Taich Senior Partner
    Cathy Belk Chief Operating Officer
    Jerry Frantz Managing Venture Partner
    Michael Jeans Senior Partner
    Ray Leach Chief Executive Officer


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    Portfolio companies include:


      ADAP Nanotech
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      Big River
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      Milo Biotechnology
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      Neuros Medical
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      Sotera Medical
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      TPA Stream
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