Beyond the Pitch

Ringing in 2019 With a Toast to Entrepreneurship


Looking back on 2018 and forward to 2019

It’s that time again—the end of the old year and the beginning of the new—a time for celebration and reflection.

In our business, things never really come to a stop, but as we turn the page on 2018 and rev up for 2019, let’s pause to toast the accomplishments of Columbus’ amazing entrepreneurs and the venture community that supports them.

Our city continues to make headlines as a community of innovation. Forbes named Columbus the #1 Rising City for Startups. Columbus also was recently ranked in the top 10 U.S. cities for entrepreneurs and startups by Business.org.

This success isn’t coincidental, automatic, nor guaranteed. It is due to the intentional connections and collaboration that happens here across the entire community. The region’s intrepid entrepreneurs and investors, our strategic and corporate partners, and the State of Ohio are unified and committed to helping entrepreneurs startup and scale more new businesses than ever before.

We look forward to continuing our momentum in 2019. After all, it’s The Columbus Way.

We wish you and your loved ones peace and prosperity, happiness and joy in the upcoming year.

Tom Walker is the CEO of Rev1Ventures, a startup studio in Columbus Ohio. Based in the Midwest, and in the number one city for scaling startups, Rev1 aligns innovators and founders with corporate and research partners to access customers and markets, helping entrepreneurs build great companies. With a proven track record of identifying, guiding and investing in high potential startups, Rev1 helps companies solve real problems for markets in need of real solutions. Rev1 has $90MM in capital under management, providing a capital continuum from corporate and community partners, as well as Ohio Third Frontier. Rev1 is among the Most Active Seed Investors in the U.S., according to PitchBook.

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