Startup Scaleup Takes Over Cleveland’s Flats East Bank

Check out the must-sees at JumpStart’s signature, day-long event

The Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial scene is at it again—this time in Cleveland’s Flats East Bank neighborhood. On June 19, JumpStart is hosting its fifth-annual Startup Scaleup, an event that celebrates all things entrepreneurial. From expert entrepreneurs to new founders, the jam-packed schedule features something for everyone, including workshops, panels, local resources and networking events. Want to know what the buzz is all about? We talked to JumpStart CEO Ray Leach about why Startup Scaleup should be on every entrepreneur’s calendar this summer.

“Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, and Ohio as a whole are working harder and more closely than ever before to create a welcoming climate where all entrepreneurs have what they need to grow their businesses,” said Leach. “Startup Scaleup is an event where entrepreneurs can connect directly with the many people and organizations dedicated to helping them succeed while also gaining insights from industry experts and meeting others on a similar entrepreneurial journey.”

With new events focusing on Latinx entrepreneurs, an emerging track for new founders and a “Pick Your Panel,” session, Startup Scaleup will blend important information with the customized feel that JumpStart, a partner of Ohio Third Frontier, is known for.

“The event has two main goals. To celebrate the growth of Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and showcase the full array of resources available to help entrepreneurs succeed,” said Leach. “So, of course, there will be dozens of sessions, panels and workshops to inspire and inform entrepreneurs. There will also be plenty of organized opportunities to get connected to helpful resources.”

While Leach emphasized the importance of helping entrepreneurs connect, he also noted that the conversations created by Startup Scaleup go far beyond the event programming itself.

“Being an entrepreneur is stressful and it can also be extremely lonely so it’s always inspiring to see 1,500+ Ohioans in one place who want to help,” said Leach. “The event is great because of the opportunities it creates for entrepreneurs to form new connections, but it’s also very interesting to see how many new connections get made outside the formal programming, right out on the sidewalk.”

Tickets for the June 19 event are $20 and include a $15 lunch voucher, as well as a $5 snack voucher redeemable at various local food spots in the Flats East Bank. A full schedule of events can be found here. Below, we’ve included some “must-sees” for every startup aficionado:

10:00-11:00 Women Talk Tech

Lauren Washington
Cathy Belk, JumpStart President


Lauren Washington, co-founder of Black Women Talk Tech and JumpStart President, Cathy Belk discuss how the entrepreneurial journey is different for women.

11:30-12:30 BLK hack Cleveland Presents: The Bigger Picture!

Harlem Capital Venture Partner John Henry


Harlem Capital Venture Partner John Henry and Radio One Cleveland’s Rohnesha Horne talk about the hard work of creating change while raising and deploying capital to an underrepresented group that gets less than 2% of all venture capital investment.

2:30-3:30 Hidden Gems: Five Community Orgs Ready to Help You Explore Your Great Idea

Meet several great organizations whose valuable resources for all small business owners sometimes fly under the radar. Learn how they can help turn great ideas into great companies.

2:30-3:30 Tesla Talks: A Poolside Chat

Rick Stockburger from the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center

Tiara Thurston, Tesla’s General Manager for the Central US, and Rick Stockburger from the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center talk electric vehicles, solar panels, storage batteries and other innovations poised to transform our daily lives.

3:00-5:00 Entrepreneur Resource Fair

Grab a drink and get connected with the many people and organizations focused on helping startups and small businesses succeed.

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