START Fund Awards Non-profit Grants at Philanthropitch Event

Traditions are terrific—especially old traditions with a new twist.

Central Ohio has a long-standing tradition of philanthropy. We also have a lasting tradition of entrepreneurship. These traditions convened recently at the 2nd Annual Philanthropitch, an inspiring fast pitch competition that provides capital and exposure for non-profit organizations ready to scale sustainable business models or programs.

I was honored to participate as a judge on behalf of the START Fund, Columbus’ entrepreneurial giving fund.

The night was a huge success for Philanthropitch, the START Fund, and especially for the non-profit community. Through the generosity of the judges, funders, and community, over $115,000 was distributed to the seven non-profits that presented.

Below is the full roster with links to the seven non-profits that presented at the 2020 Philanthropitch. Please take a moment to learn more about the non-profits that presented and their impact on our community.

START awarded the spring grant of $5,000 through Philanthropitch. While every non-profit at the competition champions impact-driven missions, PCs for People and Zora’s House were each awarded by vote $2,500 by the START Fund advisory committee. These two organizations best fit the fund’s mission.

Since its inception, START Fund has donated more than $30,000 to eight non-profits and raised more than $50,000. If you believe in entrepreneurship for good, I invite you to learn more about Philanthropitch here and the START Fund and its mission at