Successful companies start here

The investor startup studio that combines capital and strategic services to help startups scale.

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.

Our seasoned internal team and a vetted network of partners rally around innovators and teams to help them more effectively validate a product, structure a company, land customers, raise capital, and build a team.

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 investor 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 capital and strategic services, Rev1 rallies around founders to help them build great companies.

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 80 companies in the past five years and secured $90MM 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 Most Active 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:

  • Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
  • Alternative Energy & Sustainability
  • Insuretech & Fintech
  • Food & Agtech
  • Healthcare & Bioscience
  • Enterprise Information Technology & Data Analytics
  • Brand, Media, & Mobile
  • Internet of Things & Connected Devices

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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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