Beyond the Pitch

Partners Help TechColumbus Succeed

Every day we witness, through the committed participation of hundreds of companies, academic and research institutions, public sector entities, and individuals—true partners who channel funding, expertise, and support  to provide direct support to entrepreneurs who are starting companies and creating jobs.

We have 38 funding partners, 24 of them are new in 2013.

Our Innovation Partners are leaders in innovation and invention. Ohio Third Frontier, a major component of Ohio’s Office of Technology Investments, in an internationally recognized $2.3 billion technology-based economic development initiative.

We partner through the Office of Technology Commercialization at Nationwide Children’s Hospital , the Research and Innovation Institutes Commercialization Office (OHRI) at OhioHealth, and  The Technology Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer Office (TCO) at The Ohio State University to pursue commercialization opportunities within each respective institution.

Our corporate partners have grown to thirty-eight of the region’s leading, innovative companies, such as, Cardinal Health, Huntington Bank, Battelle, and Nationwide.

Our Public Sector Funding Partners include Columbus, Franklin, and Delaware Counties, and the cities of Columbus, Dublin, New Albany, Upper Arlington, and Westerville.

And it’s not just money that our partners bring; it’s engagement and expertise

We are continuing to increase our emphasis on working together with regional professionals to help startups reduce their business risk. More than forty professional services firms have committed $2 million in pro bono and discounted services through our Expert Network.

Why do so many partners invest and engage?

They recognize that high-tech startups are the key driver of job creation.

They understand that new company formation is the lifeblood of economic expansion…and they know that while entrepreneurship is never easy, it sure can be rewarding and fun.


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