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Written by Esha Chhabra.
Ray Leach is CEO of JumpStart, a Cleveland-based organization that wants to see a boom in entrepreneurship in the Midwest. He works with startups on finding them cash, human capital and resources.
Leach has big goals for the once industrial and neglected city: he wants 10,000 new jobs in Cleveland in the next 10 years and more than a couple billion investment dollars in the next few years.
Leach tells me about the current gaps in funding facing Midwest entrepreneurs and yet, despite their struggles, their ability to build successful enterprises far from New York and Silicon Valley.
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Originally published July 23, 2015.