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Beyond the Pitch

VentureNEXT – Get Connected with Central Ohio’s Rockingest Entrepreneurs

Innovation Excellence Awards. Vital and Relevant Content. Major Mingling.

VentureNEXT, the exciting new annual event from TechColumbus, is all of these and more.

An engaging blend of social connection and Startup/Entrepreneurial Awards, VentureNEXT is 100 percent focused on startups and entrepreneurs.

VentureNEXT Save-the-Date

“There’s a reason we are hosting this event at America’s first indoor and outdoor concert venue,” said Tom Walker, TechColumbus CEO. “The rock-n-roll ambiance of this high energy atmosphere underscores how entrepreneurs and the exciting companies they create are true drivers of Central Ohio’s Innovation Economy.”

VentureNEXT will be moderated by a local MC. The highlight of the event will be the announcement of the Startup/Entrepreneurial Award winners as well as video features from the award Pitch Day competition which will be held in October.

“VentureNEXT is looking for outstanding startups that created innovative technology, jobs, and are building wealth and national recognition for the Columbus Region,” Alicia Oddi, TechColumbus manager of communications and strategic events.

“We encourage startups to nominate themselves. We also welcome startup nominations from board members, customers, and services provides, as well,” Oddi said.

Nominations for the Startup/Entrepreneurial Award open July 31 and close September 3, 2014. The nomination form is concise and super easy to complete. There’s just a bit of writing required and general information about the company.

The important and different flair to the 2014 Startup Awards is that, with the pitch competition and interviews, it’s as much about personal, face-to-face discussions as it is about written information.

“The judges will ask questions; the entrepreneurs will have the chance to sell themselves and their companies,” said Oddi.

There will be additional recognition at VentureNEXT. High school and college awards honoring innovative young people. The VentureNEXT Corporate Award will recognize one outstanding Central Ohio-based company for contributing above and beyond to the Innovation Economy through the Expert (EN), First Connect (FCN), or Advisor Networks (AN ).

Nominations for the corporate award will be accepted beginning in August from startups that have received professional assistance from that company through these networked services.

“There is a huge market need for a networking event for this sector,” Oddi said. “TechColumbus is meeting that demand in a fun and energetic way that makes sense for our mission and the entrepreneurial community.”

Visit www.venturenext.org to learn more.

“Come in your jeans. Enjoy local food and a couple of free drinks. Just like innovation and entrepreneurship, there’s nothing fussy about this event. It’s very real world and down to earth,” said Oddi. “TechColumbus and rest of the Columbus Region’s innovation community can’t wait to see you there.”

Registration for VentureNEXT will open in August.

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