Partners unveil new investment structure for season three!

For the third season of Cleveland Chain Reaction, the project’s partners are introducing a new investment structure that will improve the benefits for the winning small businesses as well as for the host neighborhood. This neighborhood economic development project matches growing small businesses with local investment and is taking place in the city’s Collinwood neighborhood. By the end of 2019, the Chain Reaction partners still aim to have five new businesses preparing to open in the neighborhood.

New this year, JumpStart Inc. and the Greater Cleveland Partnership will each pledge $125,000 to invest in the winning small businesses. The partners will also create a set a standard terms for all of the businesses receiving an investment.

Additionally, private investors from the community will be invited to the Business Pitch Showcase in August, where the Top 20 Chain Reaction applicant businesses will make their pitch for investment. These investors are welcome to join in with “side-car” investments to the partners’ selections. The private investors may invest a minimum of $10,000 in as many companies as they desire and must adhere to the standard terms that are established.

In creating this new investment structure, the partners are providing equal opportunity for all businesses receiving investment. This new format ensures that a minimum of $250,000 of initial investment is made to growing small businesses and opens the opportunity for an unlimited amount of private investment to follow.

You can watch the announcement HERE. Good luck to all of our applicants!

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