Gloria Ware leads the development and implementation of JumpStart’s inclusive entrepreneurship strategy. JumpStart Inc. is a Cleveland, Ohio-based non-profit venture development organization, which provides a combination of equity and debt capital and high-impact technical assistance for technology startup entrepreneurs as well as ambitious and diverse small business owners, while also managing collaborations of non-profits who work as a collective to accelerate the job and wealth creation impact these firms have on their neighborhoods and communities. JumpStart has also built a national reputation as a champion for economic inclusion, winning numerous awards, including the 2017 Ohio Martin Luther King Jr. Economic Opportunity Award.
Ware is a graduate of The Ohio State University and brings a wealth of experience in finance, business development and strategic partnerships, as well as a passion for equitable community transformation. She has a 25-year track record of success in the finance industry, providing capital, business development and strategic management advice to a diverse portfolio of start-ups, small businesses, public entities, non-profits, and universities. Look for her column in Smart Business News Magazine, to learn more about how small businesses can leverage diversity and inclusion to win in the marketplace, while contributing to inclusive growth.