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BOLD Guidance, Inc.

Looking to help 4 million students manage 100+ college app deadlines using a web-based mobile app that provides interactive checklists, reminders, and deadlines

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Software
  • Location Cleveland, OH, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2013
  • Employees 2
  • Website

Company Summary

BOLD Guidance sales directly to schools and nonprofit programs. Every year, the federal government spends $3.6 billion, foundations spend $250 million, and parents spend $400 million on college access services and products. We already launched a private beta across 11 schools, have been recognized nationally numerous times, and received an initial closing of $450,000. BOLD looks to expand to over 7,500 students and parents in 2014.


  • Nichelle has worked in the college prep field for 10 years. She started her career as an admission counselor, was a liaison to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on a $20 million college completion project, and helped start college access nonprofit Minds Matter - Cleveland. For the last three years, she was managing her own consulting firm developing college prep programs for schools and nonprofits before founding BOLD Guidance, Inc.

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    VP of Business Development

    Kim Novotney is responsible for the company's relationships with key strategic innovation partners, independent software vendors and corporate and not for profit foundations. Kim has more than 20 years of experience positioning companies for market success and subsequent acquisition. Kim is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College, and holds a Masters in Strategic Marketing from Case Western Reserve University.

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    Board of Director

    John has more than 25 years of experience in tech startups and executive management. John advises JumpStart portfolio companies, with a focus on organizational development, sales/marketing and fundraising and participates in the due diligence evaluation. Prior to joining JumpStart, John was CEO of Executive Strategies, where he led companies through business strategy and was involved in more than $11 billion in merger and acquisition activities.

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    Board of Director

    CEO of FlashStarts, a 12-week accelerator summer program. Charles is a successful serial entrepreneur, startup advisor, angel investor. He has a passion (and history) for building great startups. He launched, which was eventually acquired by Barnes & Noble. He also founded Flashline, which was acquired by BEA in 2006 for $50 million and then BEA by Oracle in 2008 for $8.5 Billion.


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    J. Kearney Shanahan
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    Borbala Banto

Previous Investors

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    FlashStarts, LLP
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    Ohio Fund managed by JumpStart, Inc.