JumpStart’s Second Annual Startup Scaleup Event Will Take Over Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District On June 28

CLEVELAND, June 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — This summer, JumpStart is once again teaming with many of its closest partners and collaborators to celebrate the growth of Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and showcase the full array of resources available to help entrepreneurs.

Presented by PNC Bank and powered by JumpStart, Startup Scaleup 2016  is an all-day, festival-style event held in the heart of Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District, a diverse west-side neighborhood boasting a plethora of theatres, eateries and creative spaces, 15 of which will be used for event programming and post-event entertainment.

“Startup Scaleup is our annual community event, but it’s also an opportunity to celebrate our region’s ongoing transformation into a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said JumpStart CEO Ray Leach. “Whether you are thinking of starting your own venture, currently building a startup or working to reinvent an existing business, we’re filling an entire neighborhood with people and resources that can help you achieve your entrepreneurial goals.”

Not only has this year’s event expanded from a half day to a full day, it will also feature two track options, one focused on startup-related events, and the other focused on scaling existing businesses. Attendees can follow the track that best fits their entrepreneurial needs, or chart their own unique path throughout the day.

Session presenters will include:

Panelists and speakers will include successful Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs like Chris Wentz of Everykey, Laura Bennett of Embrace Pet Insurance, Ethan Holmes of Holmes Made Foods, John Gadd of Hotcards and many more. Also returning in 2016 is the “Sidewalk to Stage” pitch competition, where entrepreneurs have a chance to pitch on the main stage of the Capitol Theater and win a share of $15,000 in prize money.

“PNC recognizes the important role small businesses play in our economy, across the nation and in our own backyard,” said Patrick Pastore, executive vice president of Corporate and Institutional Banking at PNC. “This event provides aspiring and established entrepreneurs with information, resources and inspiration.”

Full-day tickets for Startup Scaleup 2016 are $20 and will include a $10 lunch voucher, as well as two $5 snack vouchers redeemable at various local vendors in the Gordon Square Arts District. Half-day tickets are also available for $10. These tickets will include two $5 snack vouchers.

To register and learn more about this event, visit www.startupscaleup.org.

JUMPSTART INC. is committed to strengthening the economy through entrepreneurship. The nonprofit has been accelerating the successes of diverse entrepreneurs, their high-growth companies and the ecosystems that support them since 2004. For more information, visit www.jumpstartinc.org and follow @JumpStartInc on Twitter.

THE GORDON SQUARE ARTS DISTRICT (GSAD) was formed in 2007 by three theatres to revitalize a once-thriving west side Cleveland neighborhood.  More than 80 new businesses have located in GSAD, more than half of them arts-based, and residents are now flocking to a range of new and rehabbed housing options.  In 2014, GSAD completed a $30 million capital campaign and began planning to steward the investment and look to the future. www.gordonsquare.org

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