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Part startup accelerator. Part venture capital fund. The Midwest’s innovation hub.

When it comes to startups and innovation, Columbus is the most connected community in the Midwest.  Rev1 is the hub, connecting startups, and corporate innovation teams to benefit both.

We’re often asked what mold we fit: accelerator, incubator, corporate innovation partner, investor?  Our answer is always this: we’re a unique combination of what works.

We know startups need targeted services, funding and space to grow. We know they need access to corporate customers, much like those same corporates need access to disruptive technologies. That’s why our stage-based startup studio focuses on the right resources at the right time to propel startup success.

For entrepreneurs who are looking for a unique blend of resources and funding to develop tech-enabled companies that are in high-demand, Rev1 is a one-stop venture development organization.

For entrepreneurs who are starting Main Street businesses or those which may be growing but not considered high-growth, we help make connections to partner services.

For corporate partners looking to expand their innovation work and connect with disruptive technologies.

We know our approach is working because we’ve invested in more than 70 companies in just over three years and secured $70M in capital to support their growth. And oh how they’re growing! In fact, our active portfolio is growing revenue at an average rate of 100%+ year over year.  We’re proud to be named the #1 VC in the Great Lakes Region three years in a row according to PitchBook.

Are you a fit?

Each year we talk with more than 500 entrepreneurs (and thousands more attend and network at our startup and corporate events), but high-tech startups in these industries are our real sweet spot:

  • IT and Health IT
  • Biosciences
  • Advanced Materials
  • Agribusiness
  • Advanced and Alternative Energy

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Rev1 is proud to work hand-in-hand with angels, VCs, our corporate and community funding partners, and the Ohio Third Frontier.

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