Beyond the Pitch

Columbus Entrepreneurs and Catalyst Organizations Honored at VentureDinner

Last night’s VentureOhio VentureDinner was an exciting conclusion to a day packed with events in celebration of Ohio’s startup and investment community.

VentureOhio announced winners in three categories of entrepreneurial achievement: Entrepreneur of the Year, Startup of the Year, and Catalyst of the Year.

SafeChain, a Rev1 portfolio company, received the Startup (Seed) of the Year award. SafeChain makes real estate transactions safer and simpler. Built by real estate title experts in collaboration with banking technologists, SafeChain tackles the inefficiencies of the buying and selling process from the inside out to help title companies, mortgage bankers, and realtors decrease costs and deliver a better experience for customers.

The founders of two Rev1 portfolio companies, Pamela Springer, president and CEO of ORIS Intelligence, and Michael Triplett, Ph.D. and Myonexus president and CEO, were named Entrepreneur of the Year.

ORIS Intelligence provides PROWL, a cloud-based solution that monitors the entire web and reports all authorized and unauthorized reselling activity to brand manufacturers. Myonexus Therapeutics is a clinical stage gene therapy company developing first-ever gene treatments for multiple types of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD).

We were also thrilled to join Columbus’ entrepreneurial community to celebrate BLK hack, as a winner of a Catalyst of Year award. BLK hack is a grassroots social enterprise network that helps African American entrepreneurs and people of color connect more fully with the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

In addition to the awards, the event amplified the many talented entrepreneurs and founding teams that make up the VentureOhio Watchlist of promising Ohio companies.

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