The Capital Continuum in Northeast Ohio
on Thursday, August 2 will feature a panel discussion to help entrepreneurs find ways to access capital for their businesses.
“I believe we’ve created an ecosystem in Northeast Ohio to help entrepreneurs, both public and private,” says Dennis Cocco, manager of the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network
, manager of the Innovation Fund
and associate director at Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE
). “Entrepreneurship is doing really great in this region, but accessing capital is not the first thing people think about when starting a business.”
A lot of local entrepreneurs are not aware of the funding resources that are available in the area. The Continuum is designed to illustrate all that is out there. “Here we have precious capital we’re trying to dole out to the best entrepreneurs,” says Cocco. “But they’re not like banks, which have big buildings with their names on every corner. It would be a shame if people with a good idea fail because they don’t know we’re out there.”
Panel members include Cocco, Ken Marblestone, president, Charter One
and RBS Citizens
; Daniel Kellogg, managing director, Crystal Venture Funds
; Claiborne Rankin, manager of North Coast Angel Fund
; and Jerry Frantz, managing venture partner with JumpStart.
The free event will be held at JumpStart’s offices. Cocco says about 30 people have already signed up and he hopes for 50 or 60. “If 100 show up I’ll be really pleased,” he says.
Registration is required.
Source: Dennis Cocco
Writer: Karin Connelly