Cleveland Chain Reaction creates jobs, investment and prosperity in Cleveland’s neighborhoods while providing education and coaching for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners for the greater benefit of our community.
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The Cleveland Chain Rection pitch competition gives the region’s courageous and spirited entrepreneurs the access to capital investment and promotion for your business!
The Cleveland Chain Reaction (CCR) project is produced by the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) in collaboration with JumpStart and is featured on FOX 8’s “Kickin’ it with Kenny” morning show. This year’s program is made possible by our generous supporters MAGNET, Bedrock and KeyBank. The goal of CCR is to create jobs, investment and prosperity in Cleveland’s neighborhoods while providing education and information for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to benefit our community.
Since its inception, the program has received more than 476 applications, coached and prepared 108 small business semi-finalists, connected winning businesses to nearly $1.7M in capital, and provided 380 hours of technical assistance. We have also showcased the amazing amenities of nine different Cleveland neighborhoods.
And in 2023, we want to continue the momentum and do even more! This year, small businesses will be competing in a pitch competition with the pool of available funds being sourced from the business community across Northeast Ohio.
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Whether you are a small business, a entrepreneurial ecosystem support organization, or a business in the community interested in nurturing and promoting the next generation of small businesses in the City of Cleveland, we want you to be a part of this program!
Our slogan is “Cleveland’s Own Helping Cleveland’s Own”….and isn’t that what this region is all about. When we come together, we can achieve so much more.
Pitching Their Case
Twenty small business owners and start-up entrepreneurs pitched cookies and podcasts and beer and plants and second-hand appliances and even transformable backpacks at the 2022 Cleveland Chain Reaction pitch days on December 8 and 9 at the Greater Cleveland Partnership offices.
More information about the 2023 “pitch day” program will be announced in the coming weeks — stay tuned for more details.