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Beyond the Pitch

START: A Big-hearted Fund Powered by the Columbus Startup Community

I’m excited today to announce the launch of START, our region’s first-ever entrepreneur giving fund. START is a unique charitable fund with an entrepreneur-led advisory board aimed at supporting initiatives in central Ohio that are “starting up” something special in the community.

I’ve been a seed investor since 1999. All the money that I’ve raised, no matter where in the U.S. I was working at the time, has been from the community that I was in, whether the funding came from corporate investors, angel investors, institutions, or the state.

That experience is 10X true for Central Ohio.

That’s why for us at Rev1 Ventures, in this season, when gratitude and giving back are top of mind, it’s the ideal time to announce a new way for the many entrepreneurs in our region to give back.

START is guided by an advisory board made up of top founders in our region, including Mike Morgan, CEO of Updox; Shaun Young, CEO and founder of Ardina/Millenefits; Anthony Reynolds, Co-Founder and CMO of Refill; Pam Springer, President and CEO of ORIS Intelligence; Steve White, CEO and founder of Clarivoy, and Phil George, CEO & founder of MentorcliQ.

“We are thrilled to be part of an effort like this that really inspires entrepreneurs to give back while fueling initiatives that will have a lasting impact on the community,” said Phil George.

“While money is not necessarily in huge supply for many young companies,” he said, “founders can lead by example by carving out some time to get involved with the right causes. It’s easy to become hyper-focused on all of the other aspects of starting a company, but pausing to re-energize yourself and your team by doing something for others is invaluable to your startup and staff.”

A START project could have a technical flavor, such as increasing WIFI availability in underserved neighborhoods. It could be a green idea, like starting an urban garden, or it could be educational—maybe an afterschool science club for kids. The common thread is “starting up.”

Click to download more information about START.

From the involved public and private sector providing services and funding, including the Ohio Third Frontier, to the active angel and venture investors, to the corporate base, the Columbus region has done so much as a connected community supporting startups.

The impact is evident, in the new jobs, wealth creation, and entrepreneurial talent of the dozens of high-growth companies that are making their homes here.

I invite entrepreneurs, their teams, and anyone who benefits from innovation in Central Ohio, to join us in giving back. It’s easy to find out how good it feels to give back to this community that gives us so much.

Here’s how you can give to START:

Give online: The Columbus Foundation

Give via mail: Make the check to: The Columbus Foundation

Mail to:

The Columbus Foundation – START Fund of The Columbus Foundation

ATTN: Carter Hatch
1234 E. Broad St.
Columbus OH 43205
Contact:
Carter Hatch

The Columbus Foundation
Chatch@columbusfoundation.org

614-545-3240

  • nick seguin

    I am interested to learn more about this initiative.

    – Where does the $10,000.00 come from?
    – Why is the advisory board all male?
    – Why is the advisory board 100% Rev1 Ventures portfolio CEOs?
    – What are the giving/grant/donation criteria?
    – Who makes the final decisions for gifts?

    Thanks!

    • Brian Zuercher

      It doesn’t appear anyone is manning this…

      • Shannon Blair

        Hi guys, START is a new giving fund focused on providing the CBUS startup community a collective way to give back. We’re just getting it off the ground. Early advisors are just that- and have helped us come up with the mission and name. Would love to have your input and support! Will reach out to you separately.

    • Andi Sie

      I would love to know answers to these questions as well.

  • Rev1 Ventures

    Hi guys, START is a new giving fund focused on providing the CBUS startup community a collective way to give back. We’re just getting it off the ground. Early advisors are just that- and have helped us come up with the mission and name. Would love to have your input and support! Will reach out to you separately.

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  • Andi Sie

    “founders can lead by example by carving out some time to get involved with the right causes.” So, my company giving free coding classes for inner city kids in local library is considered a contribution to this START project? FYI: I have started doing that on my own as an integral part of one of my startups, CodeMonster.io

    • Rev1 Ventures

      Hi Andi, offering free coding classes for inner city kids in a local library is a great way to give back to the community. START is simply a fund used to help support nonprofits that are doing similar good work in the startup community. If you have any questions, or want to grab coffee to talk about the START fund, feel free to reach out to Kristy@rev1ventures.com

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