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Events

Everything good about business is built on connections—and the best way to stay connected to the Central Ohio’s entrepreneurial sector is to attend an entrepreneur event or two each month. You’ll make contacts and friends.

Here’s what’s coming soon to a venue near you.



Nov
14

11:00 a.m.
Hiring Your First Employee
Hiring your first employee is more than welcoming a helping hand. You have a small company, but you should be taking the same steps as a company with 100 employees. Join us in this session with Denise Kestner, President of ClearPath HR, as she will help you identify what is essential in hiring your first employee and how to set… EVENT DETAILS
Nov
15

11:30 a.m.
The Voices of Angel Investing
Angel investing can be ideal for many startups looking for funding and a champion. Join John Huston, a founding member of Ohio TechAngel Funds (OTAF), and Parker MacDonell, Managing Director of Ohio TechAngel Funds for a discussion about one of the largest angel groups in the U.S. OTAF invests in highly promising, Ohio-based companies in IT, advanced materials, and life sciences. More than 300… EVENT DETAILS
Nov
15

6:30 p.m.
Startup Weekend Columbus
Join us on November 15-17th for the next edition of Columbus Startup Weekend at the new ROOT insurance office. What happens at Startup Weekend? In 54 hours you and your team of talented people across all disciplines will turn an idea into a reality. This is where entrepreneurs, designers, coders, hustlers, and innovators in Central Ohio come together to prototype and validate… EVENT DETAILS
Nov
19

9:00 a.m.
Entrepreneur Assessment
Get started on the right foot! Learn more about you and discover what type of entrepreneur you are, determine what kind of business you want and solidify your idea. This workshop includes a 50-question assessment and exploration to the entrepreneurial lifestyle you’d like to own. Who should attend: Aspiring entrepreneurs who have multiple business ideas and need help narrowing them… EVENT DETAILS
Nov
19

5:30 p.m.
Tech Elevator Student Open House
Think you could be successful in a technology role? Our open houses are a way to ask questions and get answers. Drop by to find out more about learning to code in our bootcamps and building career connections in our Pathway Program. Walk out with a better understanding for this path and decide if it’s right for you. Bring your… EVENT DETAILS
Nov
20

6:00 p.m.
Best of Student Startups (BOSS)
Join the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University for the Autumn 2019 Best of Student Startups (BOSS) Finale. Over the course of the Autumn 2019 semester, over 50 student startup teams went through a series of entrepreneurship workshops and developed a pitch presentations for their business ideas. On Wednesday, November 20th 2019 come and watch the final 5 student… EVENT DETAILS
Nov
20

11:30 a.m.
November Founder’s Story: Erika Boll, Founder and CEO, The Toasted Oat
Join us at our November Founder’s Story to hear from Erika Boll, the Founder and CEO of the Toasted Oat, a growing national brand of medical-grade, gluten-free granola. Erika will discuss what she has learned on the journey to building her company, keeping on track, and focusing on her goals. People don’t like to talk about overcoming their fears and… EVENT DETAILS
Nov
21

5:30 p.m.
CWS: Table Talks
“Table Talks” offer our members an opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and participate in small group, topic-driven discussions and 1:1 networking. EVENT DETAILS
Nov
22

8:30 a.m.
Wolstein Entrepreneurial Summit
It’s an exciting time for entrepreneurship in Columbus, the region and the state of Ohio. Join us to learn more about Ohio State’s support of student entrepreneurs through the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative and hear from leading entrepreneurs. EVENT DETAILS
Dec
2

6:00 p.m.
Founder Forum & Holiday Party
Quarterly we bring the Columbus startup community together to build and foster relationships to connect and support Founders. Make new relationships and hang out with some old friends. Founder Forum intended to provide a social environment and time for Founders to get to know each other, support each other, and for the startup community to come together as a whole.… EVENT DETAILS
Dec
9

5:30 p.m.
Startup Grind Columbus: Calvin Cooper | Co-Founder & CEO | Rhove
Calvin will discuss the path to starting Rhove and how Rhove is making renting more financially rewarding. EVENT DETAILS
Dec
10

9:30 a.m.
Everything Is Marketing Marketing Is Everything
58% of small business owners spend less than 5 hours per week on marketing. Of those, 47% DID NOT EXPERIENCE GROWTH IN 2018.* Let’s change this. At this workshop, we’re going to challenge the way you think about marketing. We’ll broaden your view. It’ll change your life. (OK…maybe not “change your life” but it’ll help you think about marketing your… EVENT DETAILS
Dec
17

9:00 a.m.
Business Model
Take a 30,000 foot view of your business to determine your company’s value, how it will operate and make money in this interactive design workshop. You must already have a business idea to participate. Who should attend: Aspiring entrepreneurs who need to establish the infrastructure of their business Business owners who need to further define their value proposition Business owners… EVENT DETAILS
Jan
13

5:30 p.m.
Veeva: Path to a Unicorn and Columbus
Catherine will discuss Veeva’s founding story and the path for their tech center to be in Columbus. EVENT DETAILS
Mar
3

6:00 p.m.
Philanthropitch Columbus
Philanthropitch Columbus will return for a second year on March 3, 2020 and is presented by American Electric Power Foundation. Philanthropitch Columbus will showcase a group of nonprofits working to solve problems within the local community. The risk capital nonprofits receive through Philanthropitch fund initiatives, programs or innovative products with scalable business models. EVENT DETAILS