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Monday, May 7
 

8:00am

9:00am

Keynote Address by Mark Kvamme, Co-Founder and Partner, Drive Capital
Why Columbus is a Top 5 City for Entrepreneurship and what lies ahead for our great city.

Moderators
avatar for Council President Shannon Hardin

Council President Shannon Hardin

Council President, City of Columbus
Council President Hardin has said that his time on Council will be measured by how much he can improve the lives of vulnerable young people in Columbus. Council President Hardin serves as the Co-Chair of the Columbus My Brother's Keeper Initiative, which aims to bridge opportunity... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Kvamme

Mark Kvamme

Co-founder and Partner, Drive Capital
When he's not racing (and sometimes crashing) off-road trucks, Mark is a co-founder and partner at Drive Capital. Before Drive Capital, Mark was the Interim Chief Investment Officer and President of JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit corporation leading Ohio’s job-creation efforts... Read More →


9:00am

The Starting Line Makerspace Resources
The Starting Line provides Columbus professionals with access to the tools, education, and network needed to make informed decisions about taking the first steps to starting their business, all at no charge.  We’ll host our boot camp on Thursday evening at 5, and throughout the week our shop manager will be on site with our 3D printers, laser cutter and prototyping tools to help the community turn ideas into actions.  

Why?
Recognizing that many professionals in Columbus have great ideas to contribute, we want to make sure that you have the resources, knowledge, and confidence to get started. Through a collaboration with the Create Columbus Commission, The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Innovation Studio is partnering with some of Columbus’ top local businesses (Root, ZoCo Design, Land Grant Brewing Company, CrossChx & Wolf’s Ridge Brewing to name a few) that have been founded by a young professional to provide insight and resources to Columbus’ professionals.

What?
The Starting Line brings prototyping tools, designers, programmers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and much more to local businesses that have been founded by young professionals and delivers mini half-day entrepreneurship boot camps to help you take the first few steps to start your business.  You’ll hear firsthand about what drove these founders to entrepreneurship and how they found success.  

Need to talk to a lawyer? Check.
Need to 3D print a prototype? Check.
How about advice from a programmer? Check.
Oh, and it’s all free!

Who?
If you found this page, The Starting Line was built for you.  We are looking for entrepreneurs (aspiring or actual) who need a little help to get started or push past a plateau. The Starting Line is a great place to plug into Columbus’ thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and can help bring your business to life.  Check back often for updates to the schedule and event details.

How?
The Starting Line is powered by The Innovation Studio at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, a moveable makerspace that fosters interprofessional innovation across campus.  Why nursing you may ask?  As the largest healthcare profession, nurses consistently innovate at the bedside to improve patient outcomes. Thanks to the generosity of Gary and Connie Sharpe, and the Create Columbus Commission, we’re able to leverage the Innovation Studio and its team to bring the Starting Line to our community.  

How to get involved?
Come on up and ask for help.  It's that easy.
Want to get involved as a starting line mentor? Contact our Chief Innovation Officer, Tim Raderstorf, at raderstorf.3@osu.edu for details.

What’s the catch?
Sorry, not going to find anything here.  You live in a community unlike any other.  Our only ask is for you to participate, be respectful, and create something great in Columbus.  Now get to it!

Moderators
avatar for Tim Raderstorf

Tim Raderstorf

Chief Innovation Officer, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
I have the honor of serving as the first Chief Innovation Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, the #1 public nursing college in the nation. During my time in healthcare, I've studied and focused on neurosurgical research on Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, skilling... Read More →
avatar for Josh Wooten

Josh Wooten

Josh Wooten is the Innovation Studio Shop Manager at the Ohio State University College of Nursing. If the world were ending tomorrow, you'd want to run straight to Josh. Gaining from his experiences living off the grid and working as an automotive mechanic, Josh's unique skill set... Read More →

10:00am

Grote Family Values in Business and in the Community
Two generations of the Donatos' Grote family talk about the power of family values in business and how that can build substantive impact in the community. Tom, Jane and Tony will discuss their history of working together as a family and building and growing businesses and organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Grote Abell

Jane Grote Abell

Chairwoman of the Board, Donatos Pizza
A founding family member of Donatos Pizza, Jane Grote Abell currently holds the title of Chairwoman of the Board. Over the last four decades, Jane has held a variety of positions at both Donatos Pizza and Jane's Dough Foods, including Chief Executive Officer. In 2003, Jane was a... Read More →
avatar for Tony Capuano

Tony Capuano

Business Owner, Snap Fitness Columbus
Tony Capuano owns 5 Snap Fitness franchises in Columbus, and is the Managing Partner and co-founder of PrescribeFit. Tony also serves on The Reeb Avenue Advisory Board and Snap Fitness Franchisee Advisory Council.
avatar for Tom Grote

Tom Grote

Chief Operating Officer, Donatos Pizza
Tom Grote is a Columbus native. He grew up on the city's south side working part-time at the original Donatos Pizza. He graduated with a finance degree from Miami University and went to work full-time with Donatos. He rose to the post of Chief Operating Officer as the business grew... Read More →


10:00am

Access to Flexible Capital
Underserved entrepreneurs, such as people of color, women, veterans, and those with low income, encounter barriers to entry into the start-up and small business ecosystem. This panel highlights the work by local organizations to help entrepreneurs gain access to capital, training and technical assistance; sheds light on some of the challenges these small businesses face; and provides recommendations on how to overcome these barriers.

Moderators
avatar for Owen Pohl

Owen Pohl

Vice President, Chase for Business
Owen Pohl joined JPMorgan Chase Bank in 2006. He brings 20 years of Business Banking experience. Born in San Diego and raised in Centerville, Ohio, Owen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University. He lives in Powell, Ohio where he enjoys coaching lacrosse... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Cornell

Aaron Cornell

Director of Lending Sales for Central and Southern Ohio, EDCI
Aaron Cornell is ECDI’s Director of Lending Sales for Central and Southern Ohio.  He oversees lending activities in these regions and works to ensure clients are matched with appropriate technical assistance and lending products.  ECDI is a Columbus, Ohio-based 501(c)(3) non-profit... Read More →
avatar for Jerome Jones

Jerome Jones

Small Business Consultant, Ohio Small Business Development Center
Jerome W. Jones is a Certified Business Advisor with The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College and Managing Member of The Danash Group, LLC.  Prior to working with the Danash Group, he served as VP of Lending with the Economic and Community Development... Read More →
avatar for Candice Matthews

Candice Matthews

Founder, Hillman Accelerator
Prior to founding Hillman Accelerator, Candice advised and provided coaching to executive leadership in the strategic and operational aspects of management, change, marketing, sales, and client relationship management for local and national firms. Candice co-founded Hello Parent which... Read More →


10:00am

Legal Insights: Negotiating your first Term Sheet with Angels & VCs
Its an exciting time when an entrepeuner gets their first term sheet in hand. But the very next steps have lasting consequeces. Pick your battles! Learn about the important negotiating points, as well as what you have a chance to change, and what you'll likely have to accept.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Borean

Josh Borean

Attorney, The Gillespie Law Group
Josh represents early and growth-stage companies, in a variety of industries, that are raising seed or venture back capital.  In addition to advising clients during capital raises, he also serves as outside counsel, handling software licensing, software-as-a-service subscriptions... Read More →


11:00am

Panel: Real World Funding
Three Columbus community members who have funded loans on the Kiva platform will share their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. They represent a variety of businesses, and places within the community. They'll also discuss how Kiva works to support female businesses - and why females businesses need support. 

Michelle Allen:
Funded a Kiva loan for her business Mmello in 2016. She owns a Brick and Mortar near the North Market. Her treats can be found in stores around Columbus. She has continued to scale her business since receiving her Kiva loan - through funding with ECDI, where she operates out of the Food Fort.

Jennifer Bell:
She is currently on the Kiva platform, fundraising for her business: Perfect Harmony Hair & Spa.

Moderators
avatar for Lily Vail

Lily Vail

Lily has been working with Kiva since July 2016. She began as an intern at the NYC office, aiding business owners to access 0% interest loans on Kiva's online crowdfunding platform. In January 2017, she moved to Columbus, Ohio to lead the local Kiva program and to continue her work... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Allen

Michelle Allen

Owner/Lead Confectioner, MMELO
Michelle Allen, owner of confectionery cafe MMELO Boutique Confections located on the ground floor of the Carlisle building at 445 N. High St, offers all-natural ingredients without sacrificing flavor.  A Columbus native, Allen went to OSU before heading to New York to work as a... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell

Owner, Perfect Harmony Hair & Spa
Jennifer Bell comes from a family of entrepreneurs – she and her two siblings all have their own businesses.At an early age, she learned from her father – business owner and who worked real estate – the value of owning a business and working for yourself. From her mother, she... Read More →
avatar for Anique Russell

Anique Russell

Co-Owner/Founder, Too Good Eats
“I’ve always had the passion to start my own business and I just didn’t know what". After graduating from Central State University, and becoming new parents  Anique - when she started making her own baby food - a passion for introducing families to good, natural food that was... Read More →


11:00am

These Women are Badass
Listen to four badass, experienced, established female entrepreneurs tell their stories

Moderators
avatar for Claire Coder

Claire Coder

Founder and CEO, Aunt Flow
Claire Coder is the founder and CEO of Aunt Flow. On a mission to ensure everyone has access to menstrual products, Aunt Flow stocks over 100 companies across the USA with their 100% organic cotton tampons and pads. Coder launched her first company at age 16, designed a bag for Vera Bradley that sold out in 24 hours, and has her own... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kim Blackwell

Kim Blackwell

CEO, PMM
She’s been called a powerhouse. As curator of consumer connections, her brand is brand–engagement, communications and culture. Her enterprise, PMM,is retained to build, position and protect some of the world’s most recognized brands as agency of record (AOR) to its Fortune 100... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Pat Hicks

Dr. Pat Hicks

President and Founder, The Outcomes Management Group
Dr. Patricia Larkins Hicks is President and Founder of The Outcomes Management Group, LTD (OMG). She has led successfully the OMG organization over the past twenty-four years working with a diverse clientele in the private and non-profit sectors. OMG was selected 2014 Columbus Minority... Read More →
avatar for Darla King

Darla King

President, King Business Interiors, Inc.
With over 34 years of experience in the commercial office furniture industry, Darla started her family owned company 20 years ago in 1998 with her husband Dave King.  As President, she provides the strategic direction for the company, along with networking through community involvement... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Lang-Cline

Catherine Lang-Cline

President and Co-Founder, Portfolio Creative
Catherine Lang-Cline is the President and Co-Founder of Portfolio Creative. Portfolio Creative specializes in assisting our clients find the right people for all areas of marketing and advertising with roles such as, but not limited to, copywriters, graphic designers, web designers... Read More →


12:00pm

Lunch and Learn: Mental Wellness for the Entrepreneur with Psych BC
Grab your lunch and head to the Collaborate stage and learn about how to take of yourself through mental wellness with Robert Pence of Psych BC.

**Please Note**  Mr. Pence will be available through the afternoon on Monday for consultation and follow up from this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Pence

Robert Pence

Counselor, LPCC, CWC, PsychBC
Robert Pence earned his master's degree from The Ohio State University in clinical mental health counseling. He earned bachelorís degrees in psychology and philosophy at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is a certified wellness counselor in the state of Ohio. His primary areas of clinical... Read More →


1:00pm

Diversity Chambers of Commerce
Discussion with leaders of several Chambers of Commerce that represent business interests of communities of color (African-American, Somali, Hispanic, Chinese, Japanese, LGBT)

Moderators
avatar for Somers Martin

Somers Martin

Director of Small and Diverse Businesses, Columbus Chamber
As the Director of Business Development Services for the Columbus Chamber, Somers works on behalf of small- and medium-sized businesses to ensure they have the resources and support they need to grow. Through Columbus Chamber programs such as the Small Business Council and Diversity... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Averi Frost

Averi Frost

Executive Director, Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce
MT

Mahdi Taakilo

President/CEO, Helping Africans In New Direction


1:00pm

Money Talks: Why Expat Founders & VCs are Bullish on Columbus - A Live Podcast Experience by 614Startups and Ghost Lab
Moderators
avatar for Elio Harmon

Elio Harmon

Home Health & Hospice Sales Executive | Startup Enthusiast | Podcaster, Harmon Consulting Services
WHAT I DOAs Director of Provider Relations for National Church Residences, I help primary care practices implement pre-acute intervention programs and address social determinants of health that negatively impact their senior populations in order to help reduce hospitalizations, promote... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Bryant

Brandon Bryant

Co-founder, Harlem Capital Partners
Brandon Bryant is originally from Cleveland, OH and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013. He spent 3 years in NYC at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an investment banker and then left to focus on marketing & branding in social media with his digital platform Wall Street... Read More →
avatar for Jake Mendel

Jake Mendel

Early-Stage Practice, Silicon Valley Bank
Jake Mendel is an entrepreneur-turned-banker working with Silicon Valley Bank's Early Stage Practice to advise promising seed-stage startups on fundraising and growth strategies. SVB is a commercial bank that operates at the intersection of founders and VC’s, banking a majority... Read More →
avatar for Partha Unnava

Partha Unnava

CEO, BWHealth
Partha Unnava was born and raised in Columbus, OH, and studied biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech. During his time in college, after breaking his ankle playing basketball, he decided to put his engineering skills to use and design a crutch that doesn’t hurt a user’s underarms... Read More →


2:00pm

Following Your Passion
Panel discussion with four entrepreneurs at different stages of entrepreneurship talking about how scary it was to make that change, why they made it, and what lessons they learned. Would they do it all over again?

Moderators
avatar for Dilara Casey

Dilara Casey

Marketing Director, Hot Chicken Takeover
Former SUW organizer, who actually works for a startup now.

Speakers
avatar for Shellee Fisher

Shellee Fisher

Owner, Shellee Fisher Photography
Photography has been my passion since I attended high school.  Upon graduation, I wanted to enroll in a photography school in New York. My parents, however, said no. They insisted that I pursue a “real” education and “normal” career. After many years of being the “official... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Friedman

Rachel Friedman

Founder + CEO, TENFOLD LLC.
Rachel is Founder + CEO of TENFOLD LLC. TENFOLD was born out of a personal dream to own and build a great company with great company culture...and the belief that the two go hand in hand. TENFOLD is an award-winning, strategy and creative firm that reveals and reflects the magic of... Read More →
avatar for Chad Lusher

Chad Lusher

Owner, Capital City Connections


2:00pm

Raising Venture Capital: A Playbook for Founders in Ohio
Jake Mendel, an operator-turned-banker working with Silicon Valley Bank’s Early Stage companies in NYC will cover:


  • How do I structure my fundraising process?

  • What should be in my pitch deck?

  • What resources are out there for founders seeking venture capital?

  • What round am I raising and why am I raising venture capital?

  • When’s the best time to raise?

  • How do I qualify investors?

  • What does a lead investor do?

  • What are the difference between VC’s in the Midwest vs. NYC/SF/Boston

  • How do I get an intro to a VC

  • How should I prep for VC meeting #1?


Speakers
avatar for Jake Mendel

Jake Mendel

Early-Stage Practice, Silicon Valley Bank
Jake Mendel is an entrepreneur-turned-banker working with Silicon Valley Bank's Early Stage Practice to advise promising seed-stage startups on fundraising and growth strategies. SVB is a commercial bank that operates at the intersection of founders and VC’s, banking a majority... Read More →


3:00pm

The State of Entrepreneurship In Ohio
An in-depth conversation about each ecosytem, how they differ and how they collaborate

Moderators
avatar for Falon Donohue

Falon Donohue

CEO, VentureOhio
Falon Donohue is a community organizer, veteran and the Chief Executive Officer of VentureOhio, a for-impact organization created to facilitate a collaborative statewide entrepreneurial ecosystem and increase access to angel and venture capital for Ohio entrepreneurs. Prior to VentureOhio... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Lea

Wendy Lea

CEO, Cintrifuse
Ms. Wendy Lea is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Chatham Group. Ms. Lea has been the Chief Executive Officer of Cintrifuse since October 21, 2014. She serves as a Managing Partner and Entrepreneur who has successfully built global services business, serves as an Advisor on... Read More →
avatar for Ray Leach

Ray Leach

CEO, JumpStart, Inc.
Ray Leach is the founding CEO of JumpStart Inc. a Cleveland, Ohio-based non-profit venture development organization that has gained a national best-in-class reputation for its innovative economic development models and its ability to leverage its experience and expertise across the... Read More →
avatar for Tom Walker

Tom Walker

CEO of Rev1 Ventures
Tom has been helping entrepreneurs build great companies for most of his career. He’s formed multiple venture capital funds, founded angel groups, and is an active angel investor. As the CEO of Rev1 Ventures, Tom has built an experienced team that has invested in more than 75 startups... Read More →


3:00pm

Equity 101: Demystifying Shares for Founders and New Employees
Gain a broad understanding of several topics surrounding equity incentive plan, such as – How dilution impacts founders; What can employees do with shares and options; Tax implications.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Bonasera

Michael Bonasera

Partner, Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
With deep experience in estate planning, probate estate administration, trust administration, and advising closely held businesses, Michael assists his clients with the passing of wealth from one generation to the next. His practice focuses on complex trust and estate matters, the... Read More →
avatar for Christian Gonzalez

Christian Gonzalez

Corporate, Banking and Securities Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Forward thinking and business minded, Christian has built a practice of advising clients on a variety of complex issues in an ever-changing, fast-paced corporate world. He focuses on achieving client objectives by providing sound strategic advice in the areas of corporate, banking... Read More →
avatar for James W, Thweatt, III

James W, Thweatt, III

Partner, Dinsmore
Jay's practice is concentrated in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation for both profit and tax-exempt entities. He advises companies on the design, formation and operation of tax-qualified retirement plans (including cash balance and hybrid plans), nonqualified... Read More →


3:00pm

The Credit Conundrum: Understanding it & How it Helps
This information packed workshop will review financing options available to business owners and provide valuable insights into the process for obtaining credit. The session will provide an overview of different credit options including SBA loans and what lenders review when evaluating an application for credit. The workshop will be led by a local SBA expert. Learn and discover what credit products may be the most appropriate for your business!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd

Midwest Regional Sales Manager, JP Morgan Chase
Michael Shepherd is the Midwest Regional Sales Manager for JPMorgan Chase Specialty Finance responsible for a 7 state territory. He has been with JPMorgan Chase since 2011.He has over 25 years SBA lending experience ranging from a small community banks to regional and national banks.Mr... Read More →


4:00pm

It's Time To Call In The Pros
Hear from professional services reps talk about the trigger points for engaging their services and understand the right time to hire a lawyer, accountant, insurance agent and investments manager

Moderators
avatar for David Gillespie

David Gillespie

Attorney, Gillespie Law Group
Dave is a corporate and technology attorney at The Gillespie Law Group.   He represents start-up clients in formation, capital raising, growth and exits. Dave often serves as outside general counsel offering practical advice on the multitude of legal issues business owners face... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brian Basil

Brian Basil

Brian is a business transaction and real estate attorney, who has a broad range of experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, joint ventures, secured lending transactions, real estate development and leasing, and general corporate matters.Brian is licensed to practice... Read More →
avatar for John Koetz

John Koetz

Agency Principal, W.E. Davis Insurance Agency
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and spent his childhood in Berwick.   Graduate of Eastmoor High School in 1973, (Between Archie and Ray Griffin)   BFA in Music Theory (Summa Cum Laude) from Ohio University in 1977. Member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.   State Licensed... Read More →
avatar for Kori Manus

Kori Manus

Financial Advisor, Heartland Planning Associates
Kori Manus is a seasoned Financial Advisor with Heartland Planning Associates, a modern holistic financial planning and transactional guidance firm that focuses on establishing client’s goals and objectives first and then provides customized solutions to each client’s needs.   Kori... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Principal, Holbrook & Manter
Stephen C. Smith is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter. Stephen has been with H&M since 1998, primarily leading the Business Services and Solutions Team as well as the Management Advisory Service Areas, concentrating on the firm's Consulting and Business Development and Business Valuation... Read More →


4:00pm

8 Questions Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know the Answers To When Raising Capital
Before an entrepreneur seeks an investment in their company, a potential investor is going to ask them 8 essential, fundamental questions that need to be answered quickly and with conviction. Know them and you’re on a path to investment. Falter and well, it’s on to the next. From a deep and core understanding of the customer, to a go-to-market strategy through how to negotiate and ultimately walk away from a bad deal, Brian delivers essential information for every entrepreneur seeking to grow their company and raise venture capital along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Slawin

Brian Slawin

Regional Director & Portfolio Manager, Ben Franklin Technology Partners
Brian Slawin is a recovering entrepreneur who has lived the startup life since his first side hustle after college. From the late nights to the last minute deadlines, from running out of money, to running out of ideas to capturing it all again, Brian says it’s the best thing he’s... Read More →


5:00pm

OPENING DAY KICK OFF PARTY
We're honored to bring the community together Monday, May 7th to kick off Columbus Startup Week 2018 as the official opening party. Thousands of your closest startup friends will come together to commence the most anticipated week for the Columbus entrepreneurial community. Come celebrate another vibrant year and join in on the festivities. Trust your instinct- missing the biggest party of the year is not an option! Beer, wine, select cocktails, a live DJ, and great food will be just a few fun features at the event.

Join us for a fun night of kicking off the week with friends, local entrepreneurs, the organizers and presenters of Techstars Startup Week Columbus, powered by Chase for business.

The startup community is very important to us. We also know the community organizers do a ton to keep the ecosystem thriving before and after Startup week. We have partnered with Tech Community Coalition to ensure the community is involved in this celebration.

Guest Bartenders for the evening:
Falon Donohue
Rich Langdale
Mark Kvamme
Ray Leach
Wendy Lea

With this edition, we'll provide you the chance to interact with some of the most innovative, up-and-coming hackers, alongside our community's most accomplished and well-known entrepreneurs and leaders. Tons of fun conversation, cocktails, and networking. Get your ticket now.

Come on out to celebrate the commencement of Columbus's annual Startup Week and mingle amongst the best and brightest builders and doers Columbus has to offer.

In the spirit of Startup Week, this Networking party is free for all.

We look forward to welcoming you to our biggest networking party yet!

Thanks to Versa for being our Venue Sponsor. 




Monday May 7, 2018 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Versa Coworking 1201 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43215
 
Tuesday, May 8
 

8:00am

9:00am

ARTrepreneurs
Melissa Crum speaks on her ARTrepreneur Workshop series, a four week program, that focuses on multiple aspects of the creative industry such as branding, marketing, copyrighting, and contract negotitations.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Crum

Melissa Crum

Founder, Mosaic Education Network, LLC
Dr. Melissa Crum is an artist, author, researcher, and founder of Mosaic Education Network, LLC. Mosaic Education Network is a consulting company that infuses the arts, research, storytelling and critical thinking into professional development, community building and curriculum development... Read More →


9:00am

Tips and Strategies from the Trenches
Larry Clark the founder of Made from Scratch, a Columbus Catering company will be sharing what it takes to go from a startup business to 35 years of success. Larry will be sharing his celebrations and trials along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Clark

Larry Clark

President, Made From Scratch Catering
Larry Clark is a third generation Chef and Entrepreneur. The founder of Made From Scratch Catering and Crafted Events, Larry has overseen the dramatic growths, declines, and resilience of his corporation for over 35 years. The company started business in a recession and has weathered... Read More →


9:00am

The Starting Line Makerspace Resources
The Starting Line provides Columbus professionals with access to the tools, education, and network needed to make informed decisions about taking the first steps to starting their business, all at no charge.  We’ll host our boot camp on Thursday evening at 5, and throughout the week our shop manager will be on site with our 3D printers, laser cutter and prototyping tools to help the community turn ideas into actions.  

Why?
Recognizing that many professionals in Columbus have great ideas to contribute, we want to make sure that you have the resources, knowledge, and confidence to get started. Through a collaboration with the Create Columbus Commission, The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Innovation Studio is partnering with some of Columbus’ top local businesses (Root, ZoCo Design, Land Grant Brewing Company, CrossChx & Wolf’s Ridge Brewing to name a few) that have been founded by a young professional to provide insight and resources to Columbus’ professionals.

What?
The Starting Line brings prototyping tools, designers, programmers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and much more to local businesses that have been founded by young professionals and delivers mini half-day entrepreneurship boot camps to help you take the first few steps to start your business.  You’ll hear firsthand about what drove these founders to entrepreneurship and how they found success.  

Need to talk to a lawyer? Check.
Need to 3D print a prototype? Check.
How about advice from a programmer? Check.
Oh, and it’s all free!

Who?
If you found this page, The Starting Line was built for you.  We are looking for entrepreneurs (aspiring or actual) who need a little help to get started or push past a plateau. The Starting Line is a great place to plug into Columbus’ thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and can help bring your business to life.  Check back often for updates to the schedule and event details.

How?
The Starting Line is powered by The Innovation Studio at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, a moveable makerspace that fosters interprofessional innovation across campus.  Why nursing you may ask?  As the largest healthcare profession, nurses consistently innovate at the bedside to improve patient outcomes. Thanks to the generosity of Gary and Connie Sharpe, and the Create Columbus Commission, we’re able to leverage the Innovation Studio and its team to bring the Starting Line to our community.  

How to get involved?
Come on up and ask for help.  It's that easy.
Want to get involved as a starting line mentor? Contact our Chief Innovation Officer, Tim Raderstorf, at raderstorf.3@osu.edu for details.

What’s the catch?
Sorry, not going to find anything here.  You live in a community unlike any other.  Our only ask is for you to participate, be respectful, and create something great in Columbus.  Now get to it!

Moderators
avatar for Tim Raderstorf

Tim Raderstorf

Chief Innovation Officer, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
I have the honor of serving as the first Chief Innovation Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, the #1 public nursing college in the nation. During my time in healthcare, I've studied and focused on neurosurgical research on Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, skilling... Read More →
avatar for Josh Wooten

Josh Wooten

Josh Wooten is the Innovation Studio Shop Manager at the Ohio State University College of Nursing. If the world were ending tomorrow, you'd want to run straight to Josh. Gaining from his experiences living off the grid and working as an automotive mechanic, Josh's unique skill set... Read More →

10:00am

Work This Way
A discussion with owners of some of Columbus's hottest coworking and makerspace venues, and how they are redefining the way we work, play and create.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Alex Bandar

Dr. Alex Bandar

Founder, Columbus Idea Foundry
Dr. Alex Bandar is an engineer by training and an entrepreneur by accident.  Having spent 10 years writing software for the manufacturing industry, he was inspired by his sister's life as an artist and sculptor, and decided to create a community workshop for creatives and techies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Otto Beatty

Otto Beatty

Owner, Intelligent Office
Otto Beatty is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, investor, attorney and small business advocate and consultant.  He is the owner of Intelligent Office/Intelligent Assistant of Downtown Columbus, a franchised hybrid shared and co-working space and virtual assistant business open... Read More →
avatar for Matt Davis

Matt Davis

CO-founder, CEO & Community Orchestrator, COhatch
COhatch was born out of Matt’s desire to merge his business energy and talent with his calling to help the least, the last, and the lost (not to mention he wanted an awesome, energetic place to work, with a lot of great businesses around him).  Matt gets true joy out of developing... Read More →
avatar for LC Johnson

LC Johnson

Owner, Zora's House
LC Johnson is an award-winning writer, entrepreneur, and activist with a passion for empowering women, especially women of color. With over ten years of experience developing and facilitating programs focused on women's leadership, entrepreneurship, authenticity, and activism; she... Read More →
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April Zimmerman Katz

Owner, Versa
April is an Owner and President of Zimmerman Companies, a third-generation business that includes several multifamily properties, Olympic Indoor Tennis Club and Versa, a new coworking space. In addition to responsibility for all management functions, April sets the strategic vision... Read More →


10:00am

Leading with Culture
Heather will be sharing the magic ingredient for the Cameron Mitchell brand success and how their focus on culture and leadership has gotten them to where the are today.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Buck

Heather Buck

Director of Training and Guest Services, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Heather has had a passion for hospitality since she was sixteen, working as a dishwasher at her father’s Air Force base. She joined the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ (CMR) family in 2004 and today serves as CMR’s Director of Training and Guest Services.  In her role she supports... Read More →


10:00am

Free Headshots!
New 'do? Lose weight? Hate the background?

Whatever your reason for wanting a new headshot, we're providing complimentary shots during Techstars Startup Week Columbus at Chase Basecamp (Vue Columbus) from 10am-noon. Sign ups will be on site – first come first serve.

Thanks to our photographer, Jehan Daugherty!

11:00am

CEO Spotlight: Pam Springer, ORIS Intelligence
Springer is an entrepreneurial executive who loves working with innovative, growth-stage businesses. She has raised more than $52M in venture capital and private equity and is passionate about building best-in-class teams. During this session, Pam will dig into the details of her startup funding journey.

Speakers
avatar for Pam Springer

Pam Springer

President and CEO, ORIS Intelligence
As president and CEO of ORIS Intelligence, Springer is focused on the strategic growth of the company in support of its mission to help manufacturers protect their brands online. Pamela is a veteran executive with more than 25 years of experience growing tech-based companies – including... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

11:00am

Networking in the Industry
The Columbus Editorial Society expands on the multiple programs offered to their models, photographers, and videographers which have provided them with opportunities to advance their careers.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Daraja

Sarah Daraja

Founder & CEO, Collab Columbus
Sarah Daraja is an artist, model, and entrepreneur with a focus on songwriting and a passion for music. She is currently working on a start-up geared towards connecting musicians in Columbus.

Speakers
avatar for Kaí Myuna

Kaí Myuna

Fashion Director And Production, CES Limited
Fashion Director And Production; Established in both New York and Columbus, works with fashion week Columbus, Fashion Meets Music Festival, and fashion weeks based in LA, New York, and Miami.
avatar for Jasmine Wright

Jasmine Wright

Cofounder, CES Limited
Cofounder of CES Limited and lead photographer for The W Brand  educated in Art Administration with The Ohio State University and previous experience with Victoria Secret and Charles Penzone Salons & Spas.


11:00am

Scaling Up: How to Go From One Location to Many
This panel will feature prominent Columbus businesses that are women owned and who have successfully expanded to multiple locations. They'll be sharing what it really looks like to juggle business expansion and life and how to know when it's time to take the next step. Tonya Tiggett of Tiggett and Co will be moderating this panel.

Moderators
avatar for Tonya Tiggett

Tonya Tiggett

Chief Success Strategist, Tiggett & Co., LLC
Tonya Tiggett was born to talk in both English and Spanish, and has built a career helping others develop the fine art of career communication in both languages. After a 13-year corporate tenure with JP Morgan Chase in Learning and Development, with a focus on leadership and bilingual... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Culley

Lauren Culley

Co-founder, Fox In The Snow
While living in New York City, Lauren Culley left a career book publishing to pursue her passion of being a baker. With no professional culinary training, she pushed her way into the culinary scene by working as a pastry assistant and eventual pastry manager for Blue Bottle Coffee... Read More →
avatar for Erin Gaal

Erin Gaal

Co-founder/Co-owner, Native Cold Pressed
With 18 years of extensive experience in the restaurant industry and a passion for health and wellness, Erin found her niche teaching the community about how to live a healthy lifestyle with raw food and juice. As a co-founder/co-owner of Native Cold Pressed, she has integrated the... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Gutierrez

Lisa Gutierrez

Owner, Dos Hermanos Taco Truck
Lisa Gutierrez founded Dos Hermanos Taco Truck with her husband Vicente in May of 2012. They are proud to be serving Authentic Mexican Food in the community. Dos Hermanos has grown from being a Food Truck to having a location inside of the North Market, Greater Columbus Convention... Read More →
avatar for Katy Malhame

Katy Malhame

Co-founder, Northstar Cafe
Katy Malhame is a co-founder of Northstar Cafe with her husband, Kevin. She was a key leader in the development of Northstar's service culture. For the last eight years, Katy has devoted her time and energy to raising their children.


11:00am

1:1 Mentorship-SIGN UP FOR A SPOT!
We will have handfuls of seasoned mentors throughout the week to provide our attendees with expertise and advice in various subjects such as digital marketing, business plan writing, legal advice, funding, and more.

If you're interested in booking a session, you must sign up for a specific time slot HERE.

Our mentors for Tuesday and their areas of experience (in bold) are:

Suzy Bureau
GiveBackHack
www.givebackhack.com
Technology, Healthcare, B2B, Social, Social Impact
Suzy, alongside a group of passionate community members, founded GiveBackHack - an event that brings together the social impact & technology community. She has also spent the last 5 years at CoverMyMeds as a Product Owner growing the core product, then commercializing two new technologies in the HIT space.

Matt Armstead
Fintech71
Technology, Retail, Food, Blockchain, B2B
Serial entrepreneur, angel investor. MobileWait, Sproutit, Fintech71, Lumos, Root Insurance.

John Paull
http://www.uptrendco.com
Technology, B2B
I help b2b technology service companies grow from good idea to sustainable businesses and beyond.

Jason Hipsher
Technology, Retail, Pharma, Health care, B2B, B2C
Jason is an operations executive turned consultant and strategic adviser, who has over 20 years of practical and technical experience in the healthcare, insurance, energy, payments and retail industries.  Jason is a member of Rev1’s First Connect mentor network and serves as an Executive in Residence for The Ohio State Technology Commercialization Office; evaluating and providing feedback on numerous start-ups.

Tracy Stephens
Tracy Stephens Consulting
Technology, Nutrition, Health care, Material (product)
Tracy Stephens spent 30 years with Procter & Gamble at 4 locations spanning 8 categories. She has extensive innovation and product development experience on P&G’s “billion $ brands.” Her core skills include navigating the “fuzzy front end” of innovation and creation of game changing ideas, strategies and products.

Drew Knight
BYBE
BYBE.com
Retail, Finance, Legal, Adult beverage
Co-Founder of BYBE, Techstars Retail 2017, Lumos Accelerator 2016. Focus on strategy, legal, finance. Former natl. account guy at big distributor, where I worked with Kroger & CostCo.

Ryan Moore
BYBE Inc.
BYBE.com
Retail, Adult beverage, Food
Co-Founder of BYBE Inc, Techstars Retail Accelerator 2017, Lumos Innovation Accelerator 2016. Former Retail Operations and Corporate Development Program at Giant Eagle. Can give you all the advice of what not to do your first year in a start up.

Nafis Azad
Ghost Lab
https://www.ghostlab.io/
Technology, E-commerce, Music
Nafis Azad is an entrepreneur, product designer, and software developer that has worked with startups in diverse industries across the nation from seed-stage concepts to established market-leaders. He runs Ghost Lab, a user experience design and software development agency in Columbus, Ohio, partnering with clients to strategize digital products, design user experience, and use cutting-edge software development to bring it all to life.

Bob Fisher Modalist
https://www.modalist.com/
Technology, Retail, E-commerce, Fashion
Bob Fisher is a successful full-cycle entrepreneur whose experience includes over 20 years as President and CEO of Foresight Corporation, a technology company he founded and ran. Bob serves on the Board of Directors of several Ohio-based companies and is an advisor and investor in early stage firms. Bob is also co-founder of Modalist, an e-marketplace for fashion, along with his wife Tina.

Tina Fisher
Modalist
https://www.modalist.com/
Technology, Retail, E-commerce, Fashion
Tina Fisher is Co-Founder & Chief Executive at Modalist, Angel Investor, and Start-up Advisor. Tina is a member of OTAF, X-Squared Angels and ACA.

Alex Bell
alexgbell.com
Technology, E-commerce, B2B, B2C
I'm a Content Marketing Consultant who's figured out how to bootstrap both a marketing services business and an education (without college).

Marshall Magee
Technology Development Executive
Technology, Health care, Hardware (product)
Marshall is a recent transplant to Columbus. He has been involved with product development his entire career starting with two successful startups in Atlanta and then moving on to an internal startup at Motorola. His most recent stop was with Welch Allyn in New York, managing multiple teams of software developers across multiple continents to create cutting-edge medical devices.

Tomos Mughan
Hopper Carts
Technology, Adult beverage, Food, B2B, Entertainment, Social, Transportation
I like to work on talented teams that build products, systems, and services that make the world a cooler place to live in.

Sean Doran
Wiretap
wiretap.com
Technology, B2B
Head of Design at Wiretap

Kathy Fitzcharles
Chase
Business Banking
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathy-fitzcharles-0a659410

Micheal Shepherd
Chase
Small Business Loans
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-shepherd-48b7b95b

Warner Moore
Bold Penguin
Technology, Scaling Startups, Web Operations, Information Security
Warner Moore is a driven technology leader and architect with a background in web operations and information security. He has focused his career in working with high growth organizations where technology is their business and product. He has an ability to align information security and external compliance drivers to an engineering culture. Warner has helped companies scale from as low as 38 employees to as high as 500. Currently, he's working with Bold Penguin helping build a company in the insurance technology space.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
Wiretap 111 Liberty St ste 102, Columbus, OH 43215

12:00pm

1:00pm

State of Entrepreneurship: A Fireside Chat with Ryan Helon
Are you interested in raising capital? Ask your questions and dive deep into the funding process during this fireside chat discussion. Learn from someone that has been involved in more than 100 investments, a majority of which have been made in the last five years.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Helon

Ryan Helon

Executive Vice President, Investment Funds, Rev1 Ventures
As EVP of Investment Funds for Rev1 Ventures, Helon manages Rev1’s proof of concept, seed, and early-stage investment funds. As a leader on the Rev1 Ventures Advisory team, Helon works closely with Rev1 portfolio companies and serves as a board member and venture advisor for many... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

1:00pm

HipHop's Editor In Chief
Datwon Thomas, editor in chief of Vibe Magazine, speaks on his successful career in journalism, and his adventures in the tech industry.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Hill

Charles Hill

Vice President of Strategic Development, Experience Columbus
Charles Hill is the Vice President of Strategic Development, were he oversee's all aspects of the development, membership and events departments for Experience Columbus. Charles joins Experience Columbus after serving as the Director of Community outreach for Rev1 Ventures where... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Datwon Thomas

Datwon Thomas

Editor-In-Chief, VIBE Magazine/VIBE.com
Datwon Thomas is the Editor-In-Chief of Valence Media's VIBE Magazine/VIBE.com and the former Founder and Editorial Director of the men's lifestyle guide, KING Magazine; the urban car enthusiast's favorite, RIDES Magazine; and was the Editor-in-Chief of hip-hop's hood authority, XXL... Read More →


1:00pm

Why Should Gluten Free Matter to You?
This fireside will cover barriers of bringing a concept to market that seems to only target a small niche of people. How they grew it to a gain a large contract and how they've worked to overcome sterotypes of Gluten Free.

In the restaurant/pop-up world, it is challenging to be everything to everyone. Learn from Letha Pugh and Wendy Miller Pugh, owners of Bake Me Happy, a 100% gluten free bakery and coffee shop, how the simple addition of safe gluten free foods for gluten intolerant customers can explode your customer base. Learn about what gluten free really means, why it's not just a fad and how Bake Me Happy successfully serves gluten free people and people who just love their product (despite being gluten free!)

Moderators
avatar for Nick Dekker

Nick Dekker

Founder, board member, event producer, Wild Goose Creative
Nicholas Dekker gets people to call him “Dr. Breakfast” because he really loves breakfast and has a Ph.D. Nick is a food/travel writer based in Columbus, writing his award-winning blog Breakfast With Nick since 2007, where he documents his journeys in exploring breakfast, coffee... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Pugh

Wendy Pugh

Co-Owner, Bake Me Happy
Letha Pugh and Wendy Miller Pugh are co-owners of Bake Me Happy, a gluten free bakery/coffee shop in Merion Village. Specializing in nostalgic treats, unique sweets and gluten free goodness that everybody can enjoy, Bake Me Happy has earned many accolades including the owners, Letha... Read More →
avatar for Letha Pugh

Letha Pugh

Co-Owner, Bake Me Happy
Letha Pugh and Wendy Miller Pugh are co-owners of Bake Me Happy, a gluten free bakery/coffee shop in Merion Village. Specializing in nostalgic treats, unique sweets and gluten free goodness that everybody can enjoy, Bake Me Happy has earned many accolades including the owners, Letha... Read More →


2:00pm

CEO Spotlight: Nathan Heerdt of Healthy Roster

Nathan Heerdt has spent the past 20 years starting, developing, and leading web companies. He has a deep understanding of web architecture, development processes and e-commerce platforms. He knows how to position companies for growth and has had multiple successful exits. Nathan is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Healthy Roster, a start-up focused on building software that powers orthopedic and sports medicine departments.



Speakers
avatar for Nathan Heerdt

Nathan Heerdt

Co-Founder and CEO, Healthy Roster
Nathan's spent the past 20 years starting, developing, and leading web companies. He's currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Healthy Roster, a start-up focused on providing patient engagement for Sports Medicine and Orthopedic departments at health systems across the country.  The... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

2:00pm

The Power of Picking the Right People
Every person counts when you're starting something from nothing. Many hats are worn and shared and passed, and communication is paramount. The people you have with you at the start help determine how strong of a foundation you have to build upon, and the people you pick along the way should reinforce and support your mission and vision. Sounds great, but it's easier said than done. I've learned a lot about people as I've grown the Columbus Book Project--the startup world isn't made for everyone. How do you find good people? What happens if someone you've brought on isn't working out? When do you promote and when do you cut someone loose? Time is everything as a startup, and the right people will help you make the most of it.

Speakers
avatar for Alexia Winfield

Alexia Winfield

Have you heard of the Columbus Book Project? A visually stunning and expertly told coffee-table book set providing direct access to the pulse that keeps the heart of Columbus beating with ambition. If you have, you are among other Columbus enthusiasts, visitors, and community supporters... Read More →


2:00pm

The Things to Know Before You Open the Business
This panel includes experts in the food/bev industry who know what it takes to get a startup Up and going" and how to navigate common challenges along the way. Including experts on legal, real estate, PR, and team development.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Shirer

Chris Shirer

Founder, Madison + Fifth
Chris Shirer’s marketing agency, Madison + Fifth, works with several high profile Columbus, Ohio-based restaurant groups and single location restaurants.  She drew on her 18-year relationships in the space to create JoinMyTable - a social dining and guest relationship management... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Davis

Chuck Davis

Vice President of Human Resources, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
Chuck Davis joined the team at Cameron Mitchell Restaurants in May 2002 as the Vice President of Human Resources. Chuck helps ensure the best practices and policies are in place to attract and retain great Associates, and to support the company’s principal goal of always putting... Read More →
avatar for Ed Hastie

Ed Hastie

Managing Member, Hastie Law Offices
Ed is the Managing Member of Hastie Law Offices, a boutique law firm in Columbus focused on advising business owners in all facets of operations.  His focus is on the hospitality industry, primarily bars, restaurants, breweries, and the like.  In his 14 years of practice, he estimates... Read More →
avatar for Hinda Mitchell

Hinda Mitchell

Founder and President, Inspire PR Group
Hinda Mitchell is the founder and president of Inspire PR Group, a strategic communications firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The agency provides counsel to clients nationwide in areas including media relations, social and digital strategy, crisis preparedness and response, issues... Read More →
avatar for Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Mark Smith specializes in retail/restaurant leasing and tenant representation as well as site development acquisition and investment sales. An 18-year corporate real estate veteran, Mr. Smith has worked with a variety of retail and restaurant concepts in developing and implementing... Read More →


3:00pm

Entrepreneurs Wanted: Funding Provided
The Ohio State University develops innovative technology every day, backed by millions of dollars of research funding. Find out what it takes to license this technology into a startup company, and what capital and resources are available to support you.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Turnbull

Cheryl Turnbull

Sr Director - Venture Capital and New Ventures, The Ohio State University
Ms. Turnbull is responsible for the financial affairs and strategic leadership of the equity holdings in university technology companies and management of the university’s Venture Capital Pool investments.   Prior to joining The Ohio State University, she was founder of Capital... Read More →
avatar for Rob Underhill

Rob Underhill

Founder and CEO, Simple-Fill
Rob Underhill is the founder and CEO of Simple-Fill, a spin-off of The Ohio State University. A serial entrepreneur, Rob has spent more than fifteen years of his career commercializing cutting edge technologies in the energy space. Prior to that, he held finance roles at GE, Greif... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

3:00pm

Urban Fashion in Columbus
A panel of boutiques and fashion designers answer questions about how to be gain traction in the industry and maintain a presence.

Moderators
avatar for Tianna Tolliver

Tianna Tolliver

Volunteer Coordinator, Fashion Week Columbus
Tianna Tolliver is the Volunteer Coordinator for Fashion Week Columbus, the third largest fashion week in the nation. Her love for food and fashion led her to create a unique dining experience, Fashion Brunch, to the Columbus area where she partnered with Fashion Week Columbus to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for LaTeef Barrow

LaTeef Barrow

Founder, The Creative Committee, LLC
As perfect as an unedited picture. Unorthodox in every essence of his being. LaTeef, better known as TeeF, is art. Painter, Rapper, Designer, Entrepreneur, Musician, Father, & Creator, the 26 year old columbus Ohio native adds fluorescence to The Creative Committee, LLC and clothing... Read More →
avatar for Jelani Floyd

Jelani Floyd

Founder/COO, Madison-USA
Jelani Floyd is one of three founders of Madison-USA alongside Evan Turner and Jarrel Tolbert. A graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law and certified NBA Agent, Jelani serves as the President of Business Operations overseeing the strategic development of the company.Since 2007, the... Read More →
avatar for Dionte Johnson

Dionte Johnson

Owner, Sole Classics
Dionte Johnson is a former American football fullback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He was signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at Ohio State. Dionte now owns and operates a sneaker boutique... Read More →
avatar for Felicia A. Williams

Felicia A. Williams

Felicia A. Williams is the System Director, a top-level executive, in OhioHealth’s Customer Experience Office. Her entrepreneurial spirit led to the opening of Studio V Fashion and Image Consulting in July 2017. A boutique for women with the sole purpose of empowering women.Felicia’s... Read More →


3:00pm

Bootstrapping 101
Nile & Mico started an island inspired street food restaurant - Hai Poké in Columbus, Ohio. They started out as a popup restaurant and launched a successful food truck and now have brick and mortar locations in the Short North and Polaris Mall.

Speakers
avatar for Mico Cordero

Mico Cordero

Co-Founder & Partner, Hai Poké
Mico Cordero & Nile Woodson started an island inspired street food restaurant - Hai Poké in Columbus, Ohio. They started out as a popup restaurant in the short north, launched a food truck, and now have a short north, and Polaris Mall brick and mortar locations.
avatar for Nile Woodson

Nile Woodson

Nile Woodson & Mico Cordero started an island inspired street food restaurant - Hai Poké in Columbus, Ohio. They started out as a popup restaurant in the short north, launched a food truck, and now have a short north, and Polaris Mall brick and mortar locations.


4:00pm

Creative Control
Wild Goose Creative & The Creative Committee, Creative Control Fest three organizations who provide platforms for artists in Columbus team up to speak on their roles as community organizers.

Moderators
avatar for Melissa Crum

Melissa Crum

Founder, Mosaic Education Network, LLC
Dr. Melissa Crum is an artist, author, researcher, and founder of Mosaic Education Network, LLC. Mosaic Education Network is a consulting company that infuses the arts, research, storytelling and critical thinking into professional development, community building and curriculum development... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for LaTeef Barrow

LaTeef Barrow

Founder, The Creative Committee, LLC
As perfect as an unedited picture. Unorthodox in every essence of his being. LaTeef, better known as TeeF, is art. Painter, Rapper, Designer, Entrepreneur, Musician, Father, & Creator, the 26 year old columbus Ohio native adds fluorescence to The Creative Committee, LLC and clothing... Read More →
avatar for Nick Dekker

Nick Dekker

Founder, board member, event producer, Wild Goose Creative
Nicholas Dekker gets people to call him “Dr. Breakfast” because he really loves breakfast and has a Ph.D. Nick is a food/travel writer based in Columbus, writing his award-winning blog Breakfast With Nick since 2007, where he documents his journeys in exploring breakfast, coffee... Read More →
avatar for Corey Favor

Corey Favor

Co-founder, Creative Control Fest
Turns out, playing with Legos and reading comic books might not be such a bad idea. Corey Favor moved from New York City to Columbus, Ohio to follow his dream and turn his love for art into an actual career. A graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design, Corey started his very own... Read More →
avatar for Marshall Short

Marshall Short

Co-founder, Creative Control Fest
Marshall is an award winning entrepreneur, artist, designer and organizer with a passion for inclusion, creativity and community. He is Founder of Artfluential formerly  Soulo Theory Creative, a multi-disciplinary collective of strategic creators. Engaging urban, social, and professional communities through art, design, strategy, and culture. Working with clients such as Nationwide, PACT, The Ohio State University, RAMA Companies, Columbus City Schools, and more.Marshall... Read More →


4:00pm

Mixing Business with Cocktails
Mixing Business with Cocktails
- Begin with a little fun in a quick lesson on at home mixology with samples of a crafted cocktail
- Transition into the art of turning crafted cocktails into a local Start-Up business (the story of Simple Times Mixers)
- The Revolution Experiment story of where I came from and where we are going
- Finish with a vision for where we can take the Cocktail business here in Columbus, OH

Speakers
avatar for Mark Tinus

Mark Tinus

President and Founder, Revolution Experiment LLC
With a lengthy background in the beverage industry, Mark Tinus started a liquor business first.  After falling in love with the cocktails he knew his next venture had to be on building the other side of the drink with all-natural cocktail mixers (Simple Times Mixers).  Drinks, as... Read More →


5:00pm

Columbus Startup Week Pitch Competition
Take Your Startup To The Next Level!
Presented By


Columbus Startup Week Pitch Competition brings the Midwest’s top startups together on stage to compete for $50,000 in advertising prizes from Dispatch Media Group and the attention of media, investors, and customers.  Judges include top VCs and entrepreneurs looking for innovative companies to grow to the next level.  

First Prize: $25,000 promotional ad campaign from Dispatch Media Group
Second Prize: $15,000 promotional ad campaign from Dispatch Media Group
Third Prize: $10,000 promotional ad campaign from Dispatch Media Group
Community Impact Award: $5,000 cash from Columbus Inspires
Plus the awarding of the 2018 BBB Central Ohio Spark Award Recipients

Event: The Pitch Competition event will be hosted at the Bluestone, 583 E Broad St, on May 8 at 5:00-8:30pm

Schedule:
5:00pm - Pitch Competition Networking and Happy Hour
6:00pm - Pitches begin
7:15pm Winner announced!
 
Special thanks to Columbus Inspires and the Central Ohio BBB for their involvement in this year's event!


Tuesday May 8, 2018 5:00pm - 9:00pm
The Bluestone 583 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
 
Wednesday, May 9
 

8:00am

9:00am

What is a Smart City & Why Does it Matter to Me and My Business?
You've probably heard the term "Smart City" thrown around quite a bit over the last few years. Sometimes it's combined with other buzzwords like Sustainability, Electrification, Autonomous, and more.

As the sole winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded more than funding and designation as America’s Smart City. We won the coveted job of “becoming smart” by embracing the reinvention of transportation to accelerate human progress. And with it, the responsibility to be a teacher for cities as they evolve around the world.

But what does it truly mean to be a Smart City? 

David Staley will kick the morning off with a keynote to discuss what makes a city a "smart city," how that impacts you, and how you can be a part of it.

Speakers
avatar for David Staley

David Staley

Associate Professor of History and Interim Director of the Humanities Institute and Director of the Center for the Humanities in Practice (CHiP), The Ohio State University
David Staley is Interim Director of the Humanities Institute and Director of the Center for the Humanities in Practice (CHiP). He is an associate professor in the Department of History--where he teaches courses in digital history and historical methods--and holds courtesy appointments... Read More →


9:00am

Do Good While Doing Business? I'm In.
Come learn about several options for your business to officially "do good," from experts who are making it happen big time! Social Enterprise, B-Corps, and Conscious Capitalism organizations will all be represented.

Moderators
avatar for Allen Proctor

Allen Proctor

CEO, SocialVentures
Buying from, mentoring, and investing in Central Ohio social enterprises. Finding customers, getting a mentor, getting investors for Central Ohio social enterprises.

Speakers
avatar for Jacquie Bickel

Jacquie Bickel

Director of Business Development, Improving
Jacquie brings over 14 years of experience in sales, customer service, and professional leadership. Jacquie currently leads Business Development for Improving's Columbus based subsidiary. Since joining the Improving leadership team, revenues at Improving (Columbus)have more than doubled... Read More →
avatar for Haley Boehning

Haley Boehning

Principal, Storyforge
Storyforge Principal Haley Boehning helps founders and CEOs achieve the clarity and alignment necessary to tell meaningful stories, so they can build businesses that matter. Prior to co-founding Storyforge in 2014, Haley spent 16 years with L Brands (NYSE: LB), most recently as vice... Read More →
avatar for John Rush

John Rush

CEO/Founder, CleanTurn Enterprises
John is a social entrepreneur with a distinct focus on leveraging business as means for creating supportive employment opportunities for individuals with significant obstacles to employment. After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, John has focused his career on empowering... Read More →
avatar for Kimmi Wernli

Kimmi Wernli

Kimmi Wernli is the first female owner of one of the oldest natural food companies in America.  When Kimmi assumed the reigns as the second generation owner of her family's historic peanut butter business, she identified ways to take the Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter Company to the... Read More →


9:00am

The Starting Line Makerspace Resources
The Starting Line provides Columbus professionals with access to the tools, education, and network needed to make informed decisions about taking the first steps to starting their business, all at no charge.  We’ll host our boot camp on Thursday evening at 5, and throughout the week our shop manager will be on site with our 3D printers, laser cutter and prototyping tools to help the community turn ideas into actions.  

Why?
Recognizing that many professionals in Columbus have great ideas to contribute, we want to make sure that you have the resources, knowledge, and confidence to get started. Through a collaboration with the Create Columbus Commission, The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Innovation Studio is partnering with some of Columbus’ top local businesses (Root, ZoCo Design, Land Grant Brewing Company, CrossChx & Wolf’s Ridge Brewing to name a few) that have been founded by a young professional to provide insight and resources to Columbus’ professionals.

What?
The Starting Line brings prototyping tools, designers, programmers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and much more to local businesses that have been founded by young professionals and delivers mini half-day entrepreneurship boot camps to help you take the first few steps to start your business.  You’ll hear firsthand about what drove these founders to entrepreneurship and how they found success.  

Need to talk to a lawyer? Check.
Need to 3D print a prototype? Check.
How about advice from a programmer? Check.
Oh, and it’s all free!

Who?
If you found this page, The Starting Line was built for you.  We are looking for entrepreneurs (aspiring or actual) who need a little help to get started or push past a plateau. The Starting Line is a great place to plug into Columbus’ thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and can help bring your business to life.  Check back often for updates to the schedule and event details.

How?
The Starting Line is powered by The Innovation Studio at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, a moveable makerspace that fosters interprofessional innovation across campus.  Why nursing you may ask?  As the largest healthcare profession, nurses consistently innovate at the bedside to improve patient outcomes. Thanks to the generosity of Gary and Connie Sharpe, and the Create Columbus Commission, we’re able to leverage the Innovation Studio and its team to bring the Starting Line to our community.  

How to get involved?
Come on up and ask for help.  It's that easy.
Want to get involved as a starting line mentor? Contact our Chief Innovation Officer, Tim Raderstorf, at raderstorf.3@osu.edu for details.

What’s the catch?
Sorry, not going to find anything here.  You live in a community unlike any other.  Our only ask is for you to participate, be respectful, and create something great in Columbus.  Now get to it!

Moderators
avatar for Tim Raderstorf

Tim Raderstorf

Chief Innovation Officer, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
I have the honor of serving as the first Chief Innovation Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, the #1 public nursing college in the nation. During my time in healthcare, I've studied and focused on neurosurgical research on Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, skilling... Read More →
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Josh Wooten

Josh Wooten is the Innovation Studio Shop Manager at the Ohio State University College of Nursing. If the world were ending tomorrow, you'd want to run straight to Josh. Gaining from his experiences living off the grid and working as an automotive mechanic, Josh's unique skill set... Read More →

10:00am

The Role of Data in a Smart City

As the sole winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded more than funding and designation as America’s Smart City. We won the coveted job of “becoming smart” by embracing the reinvention of transportation to accelerate human progress. And with it, the responsibility to be a teacher for cities as they evolve around the world.

A major step forward for our city is the introduction of our open data platform, the Smart Columbus Operating System (SCOS). 

Data is the foundation of a smart city and the SCOS, and the SCOS will be the data backbone of the USDOT grant projects. There is a vision that the SCOS will evolve into a integrated, holistic data platform, aggregating a robust set of public and private data that may be harnessed to uplift quality of life in our city.

Join our panel to hear about how Columbus plans to utilize data to build our smart city, and how you can get involved.

Moderators
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Ben Blanquera

Columbus Collaboratory, Columbus Collaboratory
Ben Blanquera is husband, dad, thought leader, entrepreneur, geek, wanna be jock and unabashed advocate for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Ben is VP Delivery and Experience for the Columbus Collaboratory. Columbus Collaboratory is an ecosystem of founding member... Read More →

Speakers
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Mandy Bishop

Deputy Director of Public Service/Smart Columbus Program Manager, City of Columbus
I use my 19+ years of experience in project management, public policy, public administration, contract administration and strategic planning to assist organizations in delivering large infrastructure programs. My role is to lead strategic delivery of infrastructure programs and make... Read More →
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Mackenzie King

Facilitator, Smart Columbus Technical Working Group
Connecting the dots. MBA+Design hybrid with 10+ years of experience leading teams and helping clients co-create with consumers and stakeholders across their organization.
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Brian King

Consultant Technical PM, Columbus Smart City Program
Years of working with people to achieve goals. Love challenging pursuits. Love assembling and running effective teams. Love developing solutions that bring real business benefit; using my innovative side to create opportunities and solve problems.Account Manager, Program Manager... Read More →
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Ben Rogers

Software Artisan, Pillar Technology
Ben Rogers, software artisan at Pillar Technology, has been creating world-class software in central Ohio for the last 22 years. He has an extensive background in creating Big Data, IoT and augmented reality solutions in the agriculture, energy and healthcare industries. With over... Read More →


10:00am

Hands-on Resources for the Social Business Community
There are so many entrepreneurial resources out there - how do you know which to choose? When you have a socially-minded business, there are a few that rise to the top. Come hear from representatives from those organizations that make it their business to help your business.

Moderators
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Allen Proctor

CEO, SocialVentures
Buying from, mentoring, and investing in Central Ohio social enterprises. Finding customers, getting a mentor, getting investors for Central Ohio social enterprises.

Speakers
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Michael Bowers

Business Advisor and Director, Ohio SBDC at Columbus State
Michael Bowers is a Business Advisor and Director for the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Columbus State Community College. The primary focus of the SBDC is to support prospective and existing entrepreneurs as they seek to start and grow businesses in Central Ohio. Michael... Read More →
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Marissa Kaloga

Director of Business Innovation and Training, The Economic and Community Development Institute
Dr. Marissa Kaloga is the Director of Business Innovation and Training at The Economic and Community Development Institute, a non-profit CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) and the 3rd largest SBA micro-lender in the United States. In this role she uses the knowledge... Read More →
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Brian Zuercher

Brian is the CEO and Founder of SEEN.  Actively involved in the startup community, Brian led Startup Week, Startup Weekends and founder/host at the monthly morning pitch event for entrepreneurs, WakeUp StartUp. Additionally, Brian is a founding Partner in Hopewell, a new professional... Read More →


11:00am

Women in STEM
While entrepreneurship and startups are booming in the United States, inclusion and diversity have lagged. This panel of women have worked their way to top leadership positions in the increasingly competitive tech startup space. Join us as these female leaders share their experiences, struggles, and advice from their journey and lessons they have learned along the way.

Moderators
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Mary Juhas

Associate Vice President, The Ohio State University Office of Research
Mary Juhas is associate vice president in the Office of Research and clinical professor of Materials Science & Engineering at The Ohio State University. As leader of the Ohio State ADVANCE office, Dr. Juhas is an influencer and creator of a culture that propels women scholars into... Read More →

Speakers
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Jane Fife

Chief Science Officer, 3Bar Biologics
Jane Fife joined 3Bar Biologics in 2016, where she leads R&D and new product development to improve bioformulation and delivery of beneficial microbes for more effective plant growth and biological disease control. 3Bar Biologics is an early stage startup spinout of The Ohio State... Read More →
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Lindsey Moeller

Founder, Balm Skincare
Lindsey is the founder and formulator for Balm Skincare and Botavi Labs. She believes in finding conscious and sustainable solutions to supply chain challenges and product formulation by focusing on removing the negative environmental and health impacts of the personal care indus... Read More →
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Lena Furci, PhD

Business Line Manager, Mission and Defense Technologies, Batelle
Dr. Furci is the Business Line Manager for Tactical Equipment, within Mission and Defense Technologies (MDT) business unit, at Battelle, The MDT business is a $100 million per year business at Battelle. Lena has been with Battelle for ten years and is responsible for developing the... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

11:00am

Lessons Learned from Successful Social Enterprise Leaders
This Powerhouse of a Panel features three of the most successful Social Enterprise leaders in Columbus. These ladies are kicking ass and taking names, and they’re going to dish the dirt about the bumps in the road that helped them get to where they are today. Straighten out your learning curve by listening to these “Lessons Learned.” 

Moderators
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Sheri Chaney Jones

President, Measurement Resources Company
For over 16 years, Sheri Chaney Jones has improved government agencies, nonprofits, and small businesses using performance management, evaluation, and organizational behavior best practices.  Her experience and expertise has transformed measurement cultures and as a result, saved... Read More →

Speakers
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Amber Runyon

Founder/CEO, Eleventh Candle Co.
CANDLEMAKER. STORYTELLERThe official line: Hospice Nurse who became a social entrepreneur. I founded Legacy and Eleventh Candle Co. out of the desire to bring hope to women both in the United States and in Ethiopia whoíve been vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation... Read More →
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Maylin Sambois-Sanchez

CEO, Butterfly Effect, LLC
Maylin Sambois-Sanchez is the CEO of Butterfly Effect, LLC (BE), a company that focuses on personal and business development and trans-creation services.  She is the Co-Founder of Femergy, a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide holistic programs and products that enhance... Read More →
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Ramona Swayne

Managing Director of Social Enterprises, Alvis, Inc.
Ramona Swayne currently serves as Managing Director of Social Enterprises for Alvis, Inc., located in Columbus, Ohio. Alvis operates two social enterprises, Nature’s Touch Landscaping and Lawn Care, and Transitions – a social enterprise, which provides commercial cleaning services... Read More →


11:00am

The Smart Columbus Approach to a Smart City

As the sole winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, Columbus was awarded more than funding and designation as America’s Smart City. We won the coveted job of “becoming smart” by embracing the reinvention of transportation to accelerate human progress. And with it, the responsibility to be a teacher for cities as they evolve around the world.

The Smart Columbus effort is a coordinated effort across many organizations, both public and private. The program spans many different priorities as defined by both the Vulcan and USDOT grant, but also our city leadership.

This panel will tell the story of all of our Smart City efforts, as told by the women leading the charge.

Moderators
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Jennifer Fenig

Senior Manager, Marketing Communications, Smart Columbus
I’m an audacious, future-focused brand and marketing strategist with a collection of industry awards on my desk. I'm proud of them not only because I like to win, but because they’re proof that the initiatives under my leadership deliver business-driving results.Stories behind... Read More →

Speakers
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Brandi Braun

Deputy Innovation Officer, City of Columbus, OH
Brandi Braun is the Deputy Innovation Officer for the City of Columbus. In this role, she helps lead and oversee Smart Columbus, an initiative born from the Smart City Challenge Grant, through which Columbus beat out 77 other US cities to become the model for connected cities of the... Read More →
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Jordan Davis

Director, Smart Cities Strategy and Collaboration, The Columbus Partnership
Jordan Davis is the Director of Smart City Strategy and Collaboration at the Columbus Partnership, a civic business organization that is focused on advancing the economic competitiveness of the Columbus Region. Instrumental in the City of Columbus’ winning U.S. Department of Transportation’s... Read More →
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Courtney Falato

Smart Cities Relationship Director, The Ohio State University
Courtney Falato is the Smart Cities Relationship Director at The Ohio State University.Her current focus is to help facilitate Ohio State's role as the lead research partner ofthe Smart Cities grant awarded to the city of Columbus – a $40 million award that aimsto reinvent mobility... Read More →
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Laura Koprowski

Vice President of Government Affairs and Strategic External Affairs, COTA
Accomplished, dedicated, and forward-thinking leader with more than 20 years of notable successes and growing responsibilities in government affairs, strategic planning and communications, public relations, management, and new program development. Successful at working with public... Read More →


11:00am

1:1 Mentorship-SIGN UP FOR A SPOT!
We will have handfuls of seasoned mentors throughout the week to provide our attendees with expertise advice in various subjects such as digital marketing, business plan writing, legal advice, funding, and more.

If you're interesting in booking a session, you must sign up for a specific time slot HERE.

Our mentors for Wednesday and their areas of experience (in bold) are:

Bob Fisher
Modalist
https://www.modalist.com/
Technology, Retail, E-commerce, Fashion
Bob Fisher is a successful full-cycle entrepreneur whose experience includes over 20 years as President and CEO of Foresight Corporation, a technology company he founded and ran. Bob serves on the Board of Directors of several Ohio-based companies and is an advisor and investor in early stage firms. Bob is also co-founder of Modalist, an e-marketplace for fashion, along with his wife Tina.

Tina Fisher
Modalist
https://www.modalist.com/
Technology, Retail, E-commerce, Fashion
Tina Fisher is Co-Founder & Chief Executive at Modalist, Angel Investor, and Start-up Advisor. Tina is a member of OTAF, X-Squared Angels and ACA.

Alex Bell
alexgbell.com
Technology, E-commerce, B2B, B2C
I'm a Content Marketing Consultant who's figured out how to bootstrap both a marketing services business and an education (without college).

Marshall Magee
Technology Development Executive
Technology, Health care, Hardware (product)
Marshall is a recent transplant to Columbus. He has been involved with product development his entire career starting with two successful startups in Atlanta and then moving on to an internal startup at Motorola. His most recent stop was with Welch Allyn in New York, managing multiple teams of software developers across multiple continents to create cutting-edge medical devices.

Tomos Mughan
Hopper Carts
Technology, Adult beverage, Food, B2B, Entertainment, Social, Transportation
I like to work on talented teams that build products, systems, and services that make the world a cooler place to live in.

Sean Doran
Wiretapwiretap.com
Technology, B2B
Head of Design at Wiretap

DerekGalloway
CMax Advisors
www.CmaxAdvisors.com
B2B
Derek Galloway, is a small business expert, working with professionals who range from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 CEOs. He recently built his own business practice that specializes in providing structure for small businesses. CMax For Small Business does this by optimizing back-office initiatives. As a community contributor, Derek often volunteers his time by mentoring social enterprises, start-ups and college students eager to develop into professionals. Previously, Derek worked as a financial analyst and in procurement roles for large companies such as Dow Chemical, Limited Brands and Zulily. After he realized his passion for small businesses, he dedicated himself to finding winning solutions for the Columbus, Small Business Community. Derek will be finishing his MBA this May and has extensive knowledge about how to work on your business rather than in it.

Micheal Shepherd
Chase
Small Business Loans
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-shepherd-48b7b95b/

Warner Moore
Bold Penguin
Technology, Scaling Startups, Web Operations, Information Security
Warner Moore is a driven technology leader and architect with a background in web operations and information security. He has focused his career in working with high growth organizations where technology is their business and product. He has an ability to align information security and external compliance drivers to an engineering culture. Warner has helped companies scale from as low as 38 employees to as high as 500. Currently, he's working with Bold Penguin helping build a company in the insurance technology space.

Wednesday May 9, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
Wiretap 111 Liberty St ste 102, Columbus, OH 43215

12:00pm

1:00pm

CEO Spotlight: Anjan Contractor, CEO BeeHex
Join us for this session focusing on Anjan's experience in food, science, and startups. As CEO of Beehex, Anjan is disrupting the food industry with 3D food printing. Learn more about what it takes to disrupt this ancient industry.

Moderators
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Monica Dominic

Director Strategic Account Management, PSI
Monica is a driving force in the Columbus area.  She works for one of the best IT firms in Columbus by helping her clients fulfill their IT needs and she has successfully launched her very own food line that is now sold in over 100 stores across 10 states.  She is changing the world... Read More →

Speakers
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Anjan Contractor

CEO/Co-Founder, BeeHex, Inc.


Wednesday May 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

1:00pm

Equity in Social Enterprise
Diversity and Inclusion in Social Enterprise is the responsibility of us all. More than just a program or a catch phrase, it’s a lens through which we should review all socially-minded business decisions. This Fireside Chat features three amazing women who are living these principles every day. Their conversation will raise the rest of us up and help us understand how to work together to create an equitable Social Enterprise ecosystem.

Speakers
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Brandy Avery

CEO, Financial Power Network
Brandy’s greatest passion is helping individuals and entrepreneurs stabilize and grow their personal wealth through financial education.  Brandy is a nationally recognized public speaker and financial educator specializing in money management, credit education/repair, debt elimination... Read More →
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Eboney Hearn

Executive Director, MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs
A Columbus native and proud product of Columbus Public Schools, Eboney Hearn is an advocate for educational experiences that build confidence and community, and create access to information and opportunities for marginalized groups in science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship... Read More →
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Dr. Michele Reynolds

ience in business and non-profit management. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, NISRE Inc.
Michele Reynolds is a social entrepreneur and successful business owner with over 20 years of professional experience in business and non-profit management. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of NISRE Inc. a faith-based nonprofit community development organization that... Read More →


1:00pm

Improving Equity in a Smart City
“Transportation is not just about roads, transit and ride sharing. It’s about how people access opportunity. And how they live.” – Mayor Andrew J. Ginther

A major component of being a "smart city" is creating equitable access to jobs, opportunities, and transportation for citizens. 

Join our discussion on how we, as a community, create greater equity in terms of mobility and opportunity access through Smart City initiatives.

Moderators
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Adam Morris

Host, People Helping People Podcast
My history is in technology -- medical robotics, MBA from the London Business School, finance IT, and for the last 8 years I've managed the development & production of a cloud based platform for retail real estate. (It's a tool for national retailers to map, plan and negotiate their... Read More →

Speakers
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Patrice Brady

Community Programs Manager, CelebrateOne
Patrice Allen Brady is the Community Programs Manager with CelebrateOne and Columbus Ohio Equities Institute Project Manager. Prior to her current position, she worked as a senior planner on the initiative to align strategies and target City of Columbus, Franklin County, business... Read More →
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Aslyne Rodriguez

Co-Founder & CEO, EmpowerBus
EmpowerBus is strengthening the roads to social mobility by providing reliable and on-time transportation to and from employment, education and healthcare opportunities.
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Carla Williams-Scott

Director of the Department of Neighborhoods, City of Columbus
Carla Williams-Scott was appointed the first Director of the Department of Neighborhoods in June 2016.    Director Williams-Scott previously served as the Assistant Director of Economic Development and Community Partnerships for Franklin County.  In her role, she managed the Board... Read More →


2:00pm

CEO Spotlight: Erika Boll, Founder & CEO, The Toasted Oat
To Erika Boll, CEO of The Toasted Oat, gluten-free is more than a fad it’s something that she’s built her business around. She created her granola company to help tackle her needs after being diagnosed with Celiac disease. Erika candidly discusses her experiences building a brand and overcoming their fears and the challenges of entrepreneurship.

Moderators
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Monica Dominic

Director Strategic Account Management, PSI
Monica is a driving force in the Columbus area.  She works for one of the best IT firms in Columbus by helping her clients fulfill their IT needs and she has successfully launched her very own food line that is now sold in over 100 stores across 10 states.  She is changing the world... Read More →

Speakers
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Erika Boll

Founder and CEO, The Toasted Oat
Erika Boll is the Founder and CEO of the Toasted Oat, a growing, national brand of gluten-free granola. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Erika’s mid-western roots continue to fuel her work ethic, her determination and values.


Wednesday May 9, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

2:00pm

Digital Transformation – Designing Your Future
We don't have a choice on whether we digitally transform, the choice is how well we do it. Leaders this digital decade are made—not born. The key is not only understanding social media, IoT, mobile, AI, Blockchain, but, more importantly, understanding how they work together. This session will give you tips and tricks on how to implement current and future digital trends to maximize your organization's impact on the world.

Speakers
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Erik Qualman

Motivational Speaker & Bestselling Autho, Equalman
#1 Best Selling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 50 countries and reached 25 million people this decade.His Socialnomics work has been on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled... Read More →


2:00pm

How to Tell Your Social Story
Do I focus on my product? The impact I'm having on the community? What will people respond to? Does it matter who the audience is? What will sell more widgets? What will get me more funding? If these questions are rolling around in your head, you're not alone. Media strategies for a Social Enterprise are unique and can be complex. This panel will try to make sense of it all, then outline some strategies to tell your story in the best way possible.

Moderators
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Alissa Henry

Features/Entertainment Reporter, ABC6/FOX28
Alissa Henry is a features and entertainment reporter on ABC6 and FOX28, the co-host of Cash Explosion Ohio Lottery game show, and a member of the social media team at World Harvest Church. Prior to her current positions, she was a freelance writer for various publications. A Columbus... Read More →

Speakers
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Carrie Ghose

Reporter, Columbus Business First
Carrie Ghose has reported for Columbus Business First since April 2007, covering the health care industry, technology, entrepreneurship and City Hall. She worked five years as a reporter and editor with the Columbus bureau of the Associated Press, free-lanced for a year in Akron... Read More →
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Danae King

Faith & Values/Immigration Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch
Danae King is the faith and values and immigration reporter at The Columbus Dispatch, where she has been since October 2016. Previously, she worked as a business reporter at The Lima News and as an education reporter at The (Findlay) Courier. A Bowling Green State University graduate... Read More →
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Susan Post

Lead Staff Writer, The Metropreneur
Susan is the lead staff writer for TheMetropreneur.com and contributor on ColumbusUnderground.com covering small businesses and entrepreneurs in Central Ohio. She also manages the social media for the publications. Susan holds a degree in Communication with a minor in Professional... Read More →
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Heather Whaling

Heather Whaling is founder/president of Geben Communication. In 2016, she was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Ohio Valley Region (OH, KY, IN). After launching the company from her dining room in 2009, Heather’s fresh approach to best practices has helped Geben evolve into... Read More →


3:00pm

Entrepreneurs Wanted: Funding Provided
The Ohio State University develops innovative technology every day, backed by millions of dollars of research funding. Find out what it takes to license this technology into a startup company, and what capital and resources are available to support you.

Moderators
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Monica Dominic

Director Strategic Account Management, PSI
Monica is a driving force in the Columbus area.  She works for one of the best IT firms in Columbus by helping her clients fulfill their IT needs and she has successfully launched her very own food line that is now sold in over 100 stores across 10 states.  She is changing the world... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark Byrne

President and CEO, ProteoSense LLC
President/CEO, BSEE UD, MSEE OSU; eight years R&D leadership at Battelle; nine years R&D and new business development executive at J&J; 17 years as a small business owner, start-up executive and consultant including CEO/COO at Assurex Health, CardioEnergetics, PriMedicus Development, JointVue and ProteoSense... Read More →
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Zach Ellis

Director of New Ventures, The Ohio State University
Zachary Ellis, Jr. is Director of New Ventures at The Ohio State University and has over 19 years of management experience and has been commercializing early-stage technologies via startups and other vehicles for the past seven.  Before joining Ohio State, Zach worked at PepsiCo... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

3:00pm

Smart City Startups -- Meet The Founders
We've heard a lot about the objectives and strategies of building a smart city from the Smart Columbus team, but what about the startups themselves?

Join us for a panel with founders of smart city technologies. We will discuss what opportunities are present, the challenges apparent in smart city efforts, and how to best build technology with the future in mind.

Moderators
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Jay Clouse

Founder, Unreal Collective
Jay is a writer and entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio. Jay fell in love with building products through his first software startup, Tixers, which was acquired in 2015. After a stint in product management at a venture-backed healthcare startup, Jay founded Unreal Collective in 2017... Read More →

Speakers
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Bo Cheng

President and Co-Founder, Altovista Technology
Bo has over 10 years of technology experience providing software, logistics, and manufacturing solutions for Fortune 500 companies and municipalities such as Ryder, Landstar, Android Industries, and the City of Detroit.
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Ettore Ciampa

Innovation Project Manager, American Electric Power
Ettore Ciampa has 10 years experience in the energy industry leading cross functional business teams dedicated to building, improving and maintaining AEP’s power generation portfolio. Ettore also contributed as a leader and change agent for implementation of AEP’s capital excellence... Read More →
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Ryan Prestel

CEO, JadeTrack
Our mission is to empower people to create impact by making complex data simple. We believe sustainability is the result.Every watt of energy, or gallon of water your company uses costs money. JadeTrack's technology allows you to manage your business'​ bottom line and your resource... Read More →
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Will Zell

CEO, Nikola Labs
I am a Founding Partner and CEO of Nikola Labs, a wireless power company with technology that will revolutionize the way devices are powered. I wake up every day excited to work with a great team of technologists and world-class business leaders to build the leading brand in wireless... Read More →


3:00pm

Funding Your Social Enterprise
Telling the story of your Socially-minded business is difficult. Helping a potential funder understand it can seem impossible! The three panelists have real-world experience investing in Social Enterprise and will discuss what to do, and what not to do, when approaching them for funding.

Moderators
avatar for Allen Proctor

Allen Proctor

CEO, SocialVentures
Buying from, mentoring, and investing in Central Ohio social enterprises. Finding customers, getting a mentor, getting investors for Central Ohio social enterprises.

Speakers
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Steve Fireman

President and General Counsel, Economic and Community Development Institute
As an accomplished entrepreneur, Mr. Fireman has taken his experience and success as a business founder and owner to the non-profit world, where he currently serves as the President and General Counsel of the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI).  Additionally, Mr... Read More →
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Ben Lagemann

CEO, OHIoT, Inc.
Ben holds nearly twenty years of startup and technology experience with roles ranging from computer engineer and CEO to fund manager and sitting on Boards of Directors. Currently he is CEO of a startup delivering innovative smart home solutions with a focus on basements and equipment... Read More →
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Emily Savors

Director of Grants Management, The Columbus Foundation
Since 1991, Emily has assisted the Foundation in carrying out its services to donors and supporting organizations, nonprofit organizations, and the community at-large. She has served as a catalyst in addressing community needs by researching, reviewing, and spearheading projects for... Read More →


4:00pm

Behavior Change With Electric Vehicles And Shared Mobility
It's very difficult for a technology to cross the chasm from Innovators and Early Adopters to Mass Adoption.

This panel discussion will focus on two technologies: electric vehicles and shared mobility solutions. 

Why are electric vehicles and shared mobility important for a smart city? What does a world look like with mass adoption of these technologies? And what will enable the behavior change to allow them to take hold?

Moderators
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Zach McGuire

Smart Mobility/EV Adoption Manager, Smart COlumbus
Sustainability entrepreneur with a comprehensive understanding of the cleantech industry includingdistributed energy, water and agricultural resources, as well as skills and knowledge in policy, marketresearch, financing, and communication.

Speakers
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Cynthia Maves

Electric Vehicle Business Development Manager, Nissan North America
Diversified background including federal grants administration, electric vehicle marketing, contract negotiation, alternative fuels, LEED certified building, administrative law, community activism, and international law. Extensive banking experience with one of the Midwest's highest... Read More →
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Ryan McManus

Founder/CEO, SHARE
Ryan McManus is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AVE AutoMedia. Ryan leads the vision and strategy at AVE, working at the intersection of connected vehicles and autonomy to develop technology for a world where everyone is a passenger. AVE stands for Autonomous Vehicle... Read More →
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Matt Stephens-Rich

Electric Vehicle Specialist Project Manager, Electrification Coalition
The Smart Columbus program is a US DOT funded initiative to fundamentally disrupt transportation culture in Columbus, OH by deploying a wide array of smart technologies and electric vehicles across consumers and fleets. As the local Electrification Coalition EV Specialist, I will... Read More →


4:00pm

So I Have an Idea, Now What?
Ideation or startup, it can be daunting to determine what to do next. This hands-on workshop will provide concrete steps to move your idea forward. Come ready to move, shake, and participate!

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Edwards

Lauren Edwards

Owner, Next Step Business Consulting
Lauren Edwards Owner, Next Step Business Consulting   Working to Alleviate Poverty by using our skills to help you achieve your Vision.   From start to finish, any project can use an expert at the wheel. Lauren brings years of experience leading teams to success, doing everything... Read More →
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Sean McGee

Managing Principal, CauseImpact
Sean McGee is Managing Principal at CauseImpact. An experienced strategist, manager and entrepreneur, McGee has 20 years of leadership experience in conceptualizing, developing and managing new enterprises. He has extensive experience in organizing and operating a wide variety of... Read More →


5:00pm

Basecamp Happy Hour | Sponsored by Pillar Technology, with support from Wiretap
Enjoy happy hour at Chase Basecamp! Sponsored by Pillar Technology with support from Wiretap!

 
Thursday, May 10
 

8:00am

9:00am

How to Use Data and Research when Building Your Brand
We will be diving into unique ways to market your story using video production, graphic arts, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Manny Larcher

Manny Larcher

Co-founder, Stopwatch Creative
Manny is the co-founder of Stopwatch Creative, a design and consulting agency, assisting in UI/UX, growth strategy, and development.

Speakers
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Kyle Asperger

President | Creative Director | Chief Innovator | Business Developer | Finance Guy, 301 Original
Kyle Asperger is a commercial photographer, graphic designer and founder of 301 Original. With a background in creative agency field, he brings range of client experiences and overcoming challenges. Kyle understands the different techniques in design and photography and how different... Read More →
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Keida Mascaro

Director, Keida Mascaro Productions
Keida Mascaro is a feature film producer and director, residing in the Columbus neighborhood of Franklinton.  Last year Keida produced supernatural thriller Confessions Of An Exorcist which comes out on Netflix by summer 2018.  His current project in development is New Americans... Read More →
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Hisham Muhidin

Founder, FlickImage
Hisham is the founder of FlickImage, a company focused on producing high quality digital media. Skilled in photography, music videos, motion pictures and film, commercial advertising, and live events.
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Giovanni Santiago

Founder / Artist, Blank Walls R Gross
Giovanni Santiago is a writer, muralist, traveler, and activist. Giovanni started a company called BWRG (an acronym for Blank Walls R Gross) which specializes in home and commercial decor and branding for companies. His list of clients includes The Ohio State University, The Columbus... Read More →


9:00am

AI at a Startup: From 0 to 1
Starting from nothing is hard. Starting from nothing with data science is even harder. So how do you start taking advantage of machine learning and artificial intelligence in your product? In plain english, Dr. Jason Morgan will cover the exact steps you'll need to implement AI and ML in your product the right way — from a legit data scientist.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Morgan

Jason Morgan

Vice President of Behavioral Intelligence, Wiretap
What could you learn by tapping into all social interaction in every large company in the world? As Vice President of Behavioral Intelligence at Wiretap, Jason champions the endeavor to answer this question by leveraging artificial intelligence and data science to develop predictive... Read More →


9:00am

The Starting Line Makerspace Resources
The Starting Line provides Columbus professionals with access to the tools, education, and network needed to make informed decisions about taking the first steps to starting their business, all at no charge.  We’ll host our boot camp on Thursday evening at 5, and throughout the week our shop manager will be on site with our 3D printers, laser cutter and prototyping tools to help the community turn ideas into actions.  

Why?
Recognizing that many professionals in Columbus have great ideas to contribute, we want to make sure that you have the resources, knowledge, and confidence to get started. Through a collaboration with the Create Columbus Commission, The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Innovation Studio is partnering with some of Columbus’ top local businesses (Root, ZoCo Design, Land Grant Brewing Company, CrossChx & Wolf’s Ridge Brewing to name a few) that have been founded by a young professional to provide insight and resources to Columbus’ professionals.

What?
The Starting Line brings prototyping tools, designers, programmers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and much more to local businesses that have been founded by young professionals and delivers mini half-day entrepreneurship boot camps to help you take the first few steps to start your business.  You’ll hear firsthand about what drove these founders to entrepreneurship and how they found success.  

Need to talk to a lawyer? Check.
Need to 3D print a prototype? Check.
How about advice from a programmer? Check.
Oh, and it’s all free!

Who?
If you found this page, The Starting Line was built for you.  We are looking for entrepreneurs (aspiring or actual) who need a little help to get started or push past a plateau. The Starting Line is a great place to plug into Columbus’ thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and can help bring your business to life.  Check back often for updates to the schedule and event details.

How?
The Starting Line is powered by The Innovation Studio at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, a moveable makerspace that fosters interprofessional innovation across campus.  Why nursing you may ask?  As the largest healthcare profession, nurses consistently innovate at the bedside to improve patient outcomes. Thanks to the generosity of Gary and Connie Sharpe, and the Create Columbus Commission, we’re able to leverage the Innovation Studio and its team to bring the Starting Line to our community.  

How to get involved?
Come on up and ask for help.  It's that easy.
Want to get involved as a starting line mentor? Contact our Chief Innovation Officer, Tim Raderstorf, at raderstorf.3@osu.edu for details.

What’s the catch?
Sorry, not going to find anything here.  You live in a community unlike any other.  Our only ask is for you to participate, be respectful, and create something great in Columbus.  Now get to it!

Moderators
avatar for Tim Raderstorf

Tim Raderstorf

Chief Innovation Officer, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
I have the honor of serving as the first Chief Innovation Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, the #1 public nursing college in the nation. During my time in healthcare, I've studied and focused on neurosurgical research on Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, skilling... Read More →
avatar for Josh Wooten

Josh Wooten

Josh Wooten is the Innovation Studio Shop Manager at the Ohio State University College of Nursing. If the world were ending tomorrow, you'd want to run straight to Josh. Gaining from his experiences living off the grid and working as an automotive mechanic, Josh's unique skill set... Read More →

10:00am

Rethinking Brand, Marketing, and Advertising for Startups
Speakers
avatar for Barry W. Enderwick

Barry W. Enderwick

Brand & Marketing Leader
Barry W. Enderwick is a marketing leader with more than 17 years of experience. He played a pivotal marketing role at Netflix taking them from a small, U.S.-based DVD rental company to an international streaming brand over the course of his eleven years there. Since then he’s helped... Read More →


10:00am

Start to Scale with Dawn Dickson and Rachel Angel
Story of drive, hustle and bold vision in building a product from the start to scale.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Angel

Rachel Angel

President and CEO, Anexsis
Dr. Rachel Angel is the President and CEO of Anexsis. Dr. Angel, developed PEERRO, which is an interactive software, engaging young adults seeking employment. This PEERRO platform provides immediate entry level employment opportunities, while providing a pathway to engage employers... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Dickson

Dawn Dickson

Founder and CEO, PopCom
Dawn W. Dickson is a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in marketing and business development. She launched four successful cash flow positive companies since 2002, her most recent ventures Flat Out of Heels (rollable flats for women to get relief from painful heels... Read More →


10:00am

Free Headshots!
New 'do? Lose weight? Hate the background?

Whatever your reason for wanting a new headshot, we're providing complimentary shots during Techstars Startup Week Columbus at Chase Basecamp (Vue Columbus) from 10am-noon. Sign ups will be on site – first come first serve.

Thanks to our photographer, Jehan Daugherty!

11:00am

GiveBackHack: Where Are They Now
Have you ever wanted to be a part of the solution for issues in your community? GiveBackHack might be the answer. GiveBackHack is a weekend-long event that brings together passionate community members to develop sustainable, technology-based solutions to some of our most pressing social issues. This session will focus on what this Columbus-based organization is doing for our community.

Moderators
avatar for Jorie Stickel

Jorie Stickel

Business Strategy Consultant, Hot Chicken Takeover
Jorie Stickel is a Management Consultant with a background in People and Culture Development.  She has a consulting company that's partnered with the likes of Hot Chicken Takeover to craft mission-driven talent strategies that catalyze individual and organizational growth.

Speakers
avatar for Suzy Bureau

Suzy Bureau

Founder, GiveBackHack
The ebullient Suzy Bureau (as she was referred to in TechCrunch) is dedicated to building communities locally & globally. From facilitating Startup Weekends in Mexico, Ireland, Australia and across the nation, to representing the US alongside delegates from 100+ other countries at... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

11:00am

The Start Up's Voice + Find It or Drop It
Your start up's story is there. We all have one. But how can that story start a movement, build a tribe and bring about the positive change you wish to see in the world? Alaina Shearer tells the story of her journey as a content marketer and change agent guiding her audience through the moments leading up to the creation of Women in Digital, now a nationwide organization boasting over 1300 members, and on the cusp of international expansion. This inspirational talk will guide the audience through the marketing must have's for any start up to launch successfully.

Speakers
avatar for Alaina Shearer

Alaina Shearer

Founder and Original Member, Women in Digital
Alaina is the Founder and Original Member of Women in Digital, a groundbreaking 1300 member organization uniting women in digital creative professions behind one purpose – to empower each other through one another. She founded Women in Digital in June of 2016. Also find her podcasting... Read More →


11:00am

Women in Charge: Product Management Panel
At the beginning of any startup’s journey, two questions come to mind:
1. What do I build first?
2. How do I get my first customer.
 
Well, if you’re both serious about not wasting time, and you want to start off on the right foot - nailing your product-market fit is key.
 
So what you need is some practical advice from the people who live and breathe product-market fit.
 
And those people are called Product Managers.
 
Make it a point to hear from the women leading the Columbus product movement, and how you can learn how to ship faster with more value for your end user.

Moderators
avatar for Laura Jackson

Laura Jackson

Senior Product Manager, Alliance Data Systems
Starting in a diverse background in project management and content marketing, Laura found her passion in delivering valuable products users crave. Currently, she serves as a senior product manager at Alliance Data Systems and does product management and project management consulting... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Gruenebaum

Lauren Gruenebaum

Chief Product Officer, Root Insurance
Since joining Root almost two years ago, Lauren has scaled the product team from the ground up. Prior to Root, she held multiple positions at Nationwide Insurance spanning innovation, strategy, and enterprise risk and capital management. She began her career in internal audit at MGM... Read More →
avatar for Disha Shidham

Disha Shidham

CEO, Savy
Disha Shidham is the CEO of Savy - a B2B ecommerce intelligence tool that helps businesses price their products better by leveraging shoppers' willingness to pay data. As a Shark Tank and StartX participant, she’s an avid enthusiast of scrappiness, girls in tech, and unconventional... Read More →
avatar for Pam Springer

Pam Springer

President and CEO, ORIS Intelligence
As president and CEO of ORIS Intelligence, Springer is focused on the strategic growth of the company in support of its mission to help manufacturers protect their brands online. Pamela is a veteran executive with more than 25 years of experience growing tech-based companies – including... Read More →


11:00am

1:1 Mentorship-SIGN UP FOR A SPOT!
We will have handfuls of seasoned mentors throughout the week to provide our attendees with expertise advice in various subjects such as digital marketing, business plan writing, legal advice, funding, and more.

If you're interesting in booking a session, you must sign up for a specific time slot HERE.

Our mentors for Thursday and their areas of experience (in bold) are:

Charlie Flynn
Nationwide
https://www.nationwide.com/
Technology
Charlie Flynn is a business development professional at Nationwide Insurance with 9+ years of experience. His areas of focus include strategic development, project management, organizational and IT strategy execution, and customer relationship management.

Janis Mitchell
Precise Resource
http://www.preciseresource.com/
Technology, Information Security, Executive Search
Janis Mitchell has been honored by U.S. Small Business Administration as Small Business Person of the Year for Central Ohio, and by the National Association of Women Business Owners as one of the Cbus’s Visionary Award winners. In 2000, Mitchell founded Info Fortress Solutions, the first in the world to deliver Cross Company single sign on with SAML protocol, which she then sold to Betrusted (now Verizon).

John Paull
http://www.uptrendco.com
Technology, B2B
I help b2b technology service companies grow from good idea to sustainable businesses and beyond.

Nafis Azad
Ghost Lab
https://www.ghostlab.io/
Technology, E-commerce, Music
Nafis Azad is an entrepreneur, product designer, and software developer that has worked with startups in diverse industries across the nation from seed-stage concepts to established market-leaders. He runs Ghost Lab, a user experience design and software development agency in Columbus, Ohio, partnering with clients to strategize digital products, design user experience, and use cutting-edge software development to bring it all to life.

Marshall Magee
Technology Development Executive
Technology, Health care, Hardware (product)
Marshall is a recent transplant to Columbus. He has been involved with product development his entire career starting with two successful startups in Atlanta and then moving on to an internal startup at Motorola. His most recent stop was with Welch Allyn in New York, managing multiple teams of software developers across multiple continents to create cutting-edge medical devices.

Sean Doran
Wiretapwiretap.com
Technology, B2B
Head of Design at Wiretap

Micheal Shepherd
Chase
Small Business Loans
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-shepherd-48b7b95b/

Todd Elliott
Chase
Business Banking/All financial needs
https://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-elliott-06bab7b/

Warner Moore
Bold Penguin
Technology, Scaling Startups, Web Operations, Information Security
Warner Moore is a driven technology leader and architect with a background in web operations and information security. He has focused his career in working with high growth organizations where technology is their business and product. He has an ability to align information security and external compliance drivers to an engineering culture. Warner has helped companies scale from as low as 38 employees to as high as 500. Currently, he's working with Bold Penguin helping build a company in the insurance technology space.

Thursday May 10, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
Wiretap 111 Liberty St ste 102, Columbus, OH 43215

12:00pm

1:00pm

CEO Spotlight: Ryan McManus
Ryan McManus is the Co-Founder and CEO of SHARE. During this spotlight, Ryan will open up about his experience working with automakers and Smart Columbus to build technology for a world where everyone is a passenger.

Moderators
avatar for Jorie Stickel

Jorie Stickel

Business Strategy Consultant, Hot Chicken Takeover
Jorie Stickel is a Management Consultant with a background in People and Culture Development.  She has a consulting company that's partnered with the likes of Hot Chicken Takeover to craft mission-driven talent strategies that catalyze individual and organizational growth.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan McManus

Ryan McManus

Founder/CEO, SHARE
Ryan McManus is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AVE AutoMedia. Ryan leads the vision and strategy at AVE, working at the intersection of connected vehicles and autonomy to develop technology for a world where everyone is a passenger. AVE stands for Autonomous Vehicle... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

1:00pm

How to Create Marketing Partnerships That Grow Your Business
Shhhhh... We're exposing all the secrets behind unleashing the power of marketing partnerships to gain exposure and unlock new distribution channels for your business! Join this panel for an in-depth discussion on what it takes to concept, create, and execute marketing partnerships to grow your business, acquire new customers, and reach new audiences.

Moderators
avatar for Stef Goldberg

Stef Goldberg

Founder/Senior Partner, GSD Execution Partners
Stef Goldberg knows how to get stuff done! As the Founder/Senior Partner at GSD Execution Partners, Stef consults with small, mid-size and nonprofit businesses to close the gap between their existing strategies and their need to execute these strategies…between their existing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Coder

Claire Coder

Founder and CEO, Aunt Flow
Claire Coder is the founder and CEO of Aunt Flow. On a mission to ensure everyone has access to menstrual products, Aunt Flow stocks over 100 companies across the USA with their 100% organic cotton tampons and pads. Coder launched her first company at age 16, designed a bag for Vera Bradley that sold out in 24 hours, and has her own... Read More →
avatar for Nate DeMars

Nate DeMars

Founder and CEO, Pursuit
Nate DeMars is the founder and CEO of Pursuit, a modern suit store with old-fashioned customer service. After four years in the corporate world he enrolled in the MBA program at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business and then launched Pursuit at the South Campus Gateway... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Murphy

Bridget Murphy

President and Founder, Envision Promotions
As President and Founder of Envision Promotions, Bridget Murphy has over 20 years’ experience aligning complementary companies with brands to secure and execute marketing partnerships. Her work connects companies with global brands like Disney to create unique opportunities that... Read More →


1:00pm

The Business of Podcasting
Entrepreneurs will share their stories with producing podcast.

Speakers
avatar for Kwame Christian

Kwame Christian

Corporate Attorney, Law Office of Kwame Christian
Kwame Christian Esq., M.A. is a corporate attorney and the host of “Negotiate Anything,” the top-ranked negotiation podcast on iTunes. The show has been downloaded over 270,000 times and has listeners in 140 different countries. The show has featured guests such as legendary... Read More →
avatar for Tim Fulton

Tim Fulton

Director of Marketing, Fintech71
Building opportunities through community engagement.Whether working to improve outreach and engagement for businesses and institutions, organizing networking events for innovators to exchange ideas and inspiration, or working with city leaders to attract and retain the best professional... Read More →
avatar for Mike Manuche

Mike Manuche

Founder and Co-Host, Conquering Columbus
Mike Manuche is a founder and Co-Host of Conquering Columbus, a podcast dedicated to interviewing thought and industry leaders around Columbus and Central Ohio, with the goal of learning how they got to where they are and what makes them stand out. Conquering Columbus is approaching... Read More →
avatar for Achea Redd

Achea Redd

Founder, Real Girls F.A.R.T., LLC
Real Girls F.A.R.T., LLC is an organization that focuses on helping women of all ages overcome mental health diagnosis such as anxiety disorder, depression, perfectionism, and so on. Real Girls F.A.R.T. LLC owner, Achea Redd is a real-life NBA basketball wife, mother of two, blogger... Read More →


2:00pm

Smart City Hackathon and Getting Involved with Smart Columbus
Smart Columbus is hosting a Hackathon May 18-20. The weekend will focus on building intelligent solutions on top of the new Smart Columbus Operating System (SCOS). This session at Rev1 will discuss what to expect from the weekend. If you’ve been thinking about getting involved, come to this session to learn more about the Smart City Hackathon.

Moderators
avatar for Jorie Stickel

Jorie Stickel

Business Strategy Consultant, Hot Chicken Takeover
Jorie Stickel is a Management Consultant with a background in People and Culture Development.  She has a consulting company that's partnered with the likes of Hot Chicken Takeover to craft mission-driven talent strategies that catalyze individual and organizational growth.

Speakers
avatar for Jay Clouse

Jay Clouse

Founder, Unreal Collective
Jay is a writer and entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio. Jay fell in love with building products through his first software startup, Tixers, which was acquired in 2015. After a stint in product management at a venture-backed healthcare startup, Jay founded Unreal Collective in 2017... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

2:00pm

Empowering Entrepreneurs – Expanding Your Small Business with Government Contracting
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality by empowering entrepreneurs with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. If you are ready to expand your business, the federal government encourages small businesses to take on contracting opportunities with the proper preparation.

Selling to a government agency can be very rewarding. In order to bid on and win government contracts, you have to sell products or services that the government buys. The federal government is very particular about how it purchases products and services and the process can be extremely competitive. This training will provide an overview of how you can expand your small business with government contracting opportunities. Participate and find out if government contracting is the right path for your small business, and also what to research before you get started.

You might have noticed the SBA’s new logo! This change reflects our commitment to helping entrepreneurs move to the next step, whether you are just getting started, growing, expanding, or recovering. Through our customer-centric and innovative approach, we will advocate for you, work with you, and empower you on your small business journey.

Speakers
avatar for Shanda Harris

Shanda Harris

Office Associate, Columbus State Community College - The Small Business Development Center


2:00pm

Marketing Without A Lot of Money
You don’t need big budgets to produce big ideas. Anthony Trimpe – the creative director behind your favorite apparel brand Homage – will walk you through case studies and tips on how to create successful marketing initiatives with curiosity, simplified messaging and unconventional thinking. You'll walk away with a notebook full of ideas to reach your audience and create impact without breaking the bank.
 

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Trimpe

Anthony Trimpe

Creative Director, Homage
Anthony Trimpe – the Creative Director behind Homage – brings nearly 15 years of experience building brands and helping organizations find their voice, coupled with the most compelling ways to reach their audience. At agencies, he’s worked with brands like Head & Shoulders... Read More →


3:00pm

Educating Young Entrepreneurs for Today’s Smart Cities

Join this group of innovative educational leaders as they discuss how K-12 and institutes for higher learning are preparing the next generation of “SMRT” innovators and “SMRT” citizens.


Moderators
avatar for Courtney Falato

Courtney Falato

Smart Cities Relationship Director, The Ohio State University
Courtney Falato is the Smart Cities Relationship Director at The Ohio State University.Her current focus is to help facilitate Ohio State's role as the lead research partner ofthe Smart Cities grant awarded to the city of Columbus – a $40 million award that aimsto reinvent mobility... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Annalies Corbin

Annalies Corbin

Founder, President and CEO, The PAST Foundation
In 2000 Dr. Corbin founded the PAST Foundation with a vision of connecting scientific research with classrooms, schools and communities through transdisciplinary problem based learning. Combining her passion for research with public outreach and engagement, the scope and vision... Read More →
avatar for Danny Freudinger

Danny Freudinger

Graduate Student and Smart Campus President, The Ohio State University
avatar for Jenny Heckscher

Jenny Heckscher

Director of Operations, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jenny implements programs to support education and engagement in innovation and entrepreneurship. In her twelve years at Ohio State, she has developed innovative career programs for graduate business students, implemented diversity and inclusion programs, and managed an entrepreneurship... Read More →
avatar for Meka Pace

Meka Pace

Executive Director, Metro Schools
Meka Pace serves as the Superintendent of the Metro Schools Network.  This includes Metro Early College High School, Metro Middle School, and the Metro Institute of Technology.  Each school focuses on a rigorous, stem centric curriculum and early college enrollment. Mrs. Pace seeks... Read More →
avatar for Jay Sayre

Jay Sayre

Assistant Vice President, Materials and Manufacturing Sustainability and Director of Innovation, Institute for Materials Research, The Ohio State University
Dr. Sayre is the Assistant Vice President and Director of Innovation for the Institute for Materials Research at The Ohio State University.  He leads the translation of knowledge and assets from the Institute to solve the world’s most pressing problems in the 21st century.  He... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

3:00pm

What the top CMO's have to say about Marketing
No matter the size of an organization, staying on the cutting edge of marketing trends is key to staying relevant and driving revenue. Join us for a one-of-a-kind discussion with CMOs from your favorite brands to hear how they create innovative ways to influence the way people communicate, buy, and live. 

Moderators
avatar for Heather Whaling

Heather Whaling

Heather Whaling is founder/president of Geben Communication. In 2016, she was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Ohio Valley Region (OH, KY, IN). After launching the company from her dining room in 2009, Heather’s fresh approach to best practices has helped Geben evolve into... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Hilt

Jim Hilt

Chief Marketing Officer, EXPRESS
Jim Hilt, the Chief Marketing Officer of EXPRESS, knows the ins-and-outs of everything product marketing. As a general management, marketing and technology executive with deep experience leading large scale and entrepreneurial ventures within major companies. With more than 15 years... Read More →
avatar for Brian Hipsher

Brian Hipsher

Head of Marketing, City Barbecue
Bryan Hipsher, the head of marketing of City Barbecue, has helped lead the brand to a tasty 25% annual growth while entering 7 new markets. He works with a talented team of marketers responsible for menu development and engineering, data analytics, digital and traditional marketing... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Myers

Kevin Myers

Chief Marketing and Information Officer, Donatos Pizza
Kevin Myers is Chief Marketing and Information Officer at Donatos Pizza. With previous executive experience in B2B and B2C companies and as advisor for several upstart and established companies, he specializes in implementing innovative branding/marketing and technology programs that... Read More →


3:00pm

Voice as a Destination
Amazon's voice computing bet has paid off and now were poised for a new age of computing- voice.

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Crane

Stuart Crane

Founder/CEO, Voice Metrics
Stuart Crane is a software entrepreneur.   Stuart began his career in 1986 working at Battelle in Columbus, specializing in database management and software development.  In 1993 he co-founded CPR+, which became the leading enterprise system to the Specialty Pharmacy industry... Read More →


4:00pm

Vlog like a Boss: How to Create Video that Gets Attention
Do you need a video strategy that cuts through the noise? There are so many options for video today—and so many brands doing it poorly— that it can be difficult to know where to start and how to stand out. Amy Landino is a business owner, YouTuber and best selling author of the book Vlog Like a Boss: How to Kill It Online with Video Blogging. Discover her blueprint for personal connection through "vlogging" with actionable tactics that will position you as the leading resource in your field, and more importantly activate a rabidly-loyal community who will stay with you for a lifetime.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Landino

Amy Landino

YouTuber | Best Selling Author | Keynote Speaker, Vlog Boss Studios
Amy Landino is best selling author of the book Vlog Like a Boss and Co-Founder at Aftermarq, a creative studio specializing in video storytelling. She is also creator of the globally-recognized YouTube channel youtube.com/AmyTV where she shares her experience and advice on how to go after the life you want... Read More →


4:00pm

Customer Discovery or Die Tryin'

Have you ever noticed that the product graveyard is full of companies who thought they knew what customers needed, but were wrong? They spent tons of time and money just to create a product that customers didn’t actually want.

By the time they realize they’ve made a mistake, it’s too late: they’ve run out of cash and are often forced to close their doors entirely.


Great products don’t happen by accident. The best products are created from frequent conversations with potential customers to understand what they really need.


The biggest reason startup companies fail is due to a lack of product/market fit. Through utilizing methods of customer discovery, you can determine what your customers really need and avoid wasting your precious time and cash on bad assumptions.


I’ll show you how to create useful surveys, conduct effective customer interviews, and truly validate your assumptions.

Speakers
avatar for Jay Clouse

Jay Clouse

Founder, Unreal Collective
Jay is a writer and entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio. Jay fell in love with building products through his first software startup, Tixers, which was acquired in 2015. After a stint in product management at a venture-backed healthcare startup, Jay founded Unreal Collective in 2017... Read More →


5:00pm

Startup Technology Showcase - Smart Cities Technologies

Are you an Entrepreneur who can take an Ohio State Smart Cities technology to market?

Ohio State’s Startup Technology Showcase provides you, the entrepreneur, with a snapshot of smart cities technologies being developed at The Ohio State University. Come meet with our inventors and team about the exciting technology coming out of Ohio State. 

www.go.osu.edu/smarttech 



Thursday May 10, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Columbus Idea Foundry 421 W. State St.

5:00pm

The Starting Line
Do You Have an Idea to Start a Business but Have No Idea Where to Begin?

The Starting Line provides Columbus professionals with access to the tools, education, and network needed to make informed decisions about taking the first steps to starting their business.

Need to talk to a lawyer? Check.Need to 3D print a prototype? Check.How about advice from a programmer? Check. Oh, and it's all free!

This Session Features Dan Manges, Co-Founder and CTO of Root Insurance Company.  

Oh, Dan was also the founding CTO of another company you may have heard of called Braintree....  Yes that Braintree. Dan brings an unmatched perspective in Columbus on tech, scaling, and startup fundraising. If you are in a 500 mile radius, don't miss this one.

We're super excited to be running this session as an after-hours event during #CMHStartupWeek. Come find out why the world is abuzz about Columbus and learn from a Columbus Founder unlike any other.  

Agenda:
5:00 – 5:30 – Heavy Hors D'oeuvres and Drinks
5:30 – 6:30 – Fireside Chat with Dan Manges, Co-Founder and CTO of Root Insurance Company
6:30 – 6:45 – Intention Setting: Write down one goal you will accomplish today at the Starting Line
6:45 – 8:45 – Hustle, Create, Connect:  Meet with designers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, programmers.  Get questions answered.  Develop prototypes. Make Friends. Be your own guide.
8:45 – 9:00 – Debrief and Reframe:  What will you do this week to build on your momentum?

Find out more at www.go.osu.edu/startingline

Moderators
avatar for Tim Raderstorf

Tim Raderstorf

Chief Innovation Officer, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
I have the honor of serving as the first Chief Innovation Officer at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, the #1 public nursing college in the nation. During my time in healthcare, I've studied and focused on neurosurgical research on Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome, skilling... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Magnes

Dan Magnes

Co-founder & CTO, Root Insurance
Dan serves as Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Root Insurance, leading the engineering team. Using telematics and machine learning, Dan built the platform that enabled Root to enter the market as the only mobile-first car insurance carrier that gives drivers a price based... Read More →


 
Friday, May 11
 

6:00am

Creative Tech: Drones & Interactive Art Conversation and Showcase
Interactive conversation around the potential of creative technology. This will include a showcase of Drones by local startup Infinite Impact and an Interactive VR Art piece created by Bryan Moss, the featured artist in the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Art Makes Columbus campaign. Come discuss the future of Creative Tech with the entrepreneurs and artists pushing the boundaries of technology.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Cairns

Mike Cairns

Co-Owner, Infinite Impact & Aerial Image Solutions
Mike and his business partner Victor Brewer lead the Infinite Impact team in their mission to provide unparalleled marketing services with a specialty in drone media video and advanced marketing services such as 360 aerial photos and video production, to Reality Capture and VR experiences... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Moss

Bryan Moss

Artist in Resident, Greater Columbus Arts Council
Bryan Christopher Moss is a Columbus-based painter, illustrator and arts educator.  Born in 1981, Bryan has developed a trademark style that he can call his own and takes much pride in being self-taught. Bryan pursues an independent route to carve his own future and has worked on... Read More →


7:30am

9:00am

Immersive Technology
Virtual Reality is turning empathy into a form of communication.

By now, we are all tired of hearing the meme of 'empathy machine' used to describe Virtual Reality, but in fact, this description of the technology rings true now more than ever.

Speakers
avatar for Will Burrus

Will Burrus

Founder & CEO, Immersive.is
Will Burrus is a visionary technology entrepreneur and executive, known for taking highly complex technology concepts and translating them into practical and accessible business opportunities for everyone. He has built a successful career out of leveraging his extensive infrastructure... Read More →


9:00am

Athletes as Entrepreneurs; an Athletes Ecosystem
A panel discussion centered around the exploration of a modern athletes eco-system; Interceptions between entrepreneurship and professional sports. Evan Spencer is a 2014 National Champion with The Ohio State Buckeyes Football team and the founder of locally based Rushmen Logistics. Kelton Crenshaw works closely with Lebron James, his management team, and Roc Nation while also representing some of the best players in the NFL.

Moderators
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Ari Schottenstein

Music, Media and Technology Entrepreneur
Ari leaped directly into IT post graduation beginning in technical recruiting performing client-interfacing duties of a client list comprised of exclusively Fortune 1000 companies.  He then moved into a more creative role with MAPSYS, an IBM Premier Business Partner, where he would... Read More →

Speakers
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Kelton Crenshaw

Founder, Eighty81
Kelton (Kelt) Crenshaw is a current NFL agent who was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in Communications. He went to get his Law Degree from the same University. Founder of Eighty81, an event coordination company. Over... Read More →
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Evan Spencer

COO, Rushmen Logistics
Dear Reader, Failure. The dreaded trait the we all have a subconscious angst for. The trait that is known hindrance to human innovation, a known hindrance to personal accomplishment, a know hindrance for this or that but oddly enough Evan sees things a different way. The following... Read More →


10:00am

6 Legal Steps to Startup Success
You started your business to pursue your dream – not worry about legal problems. Join Porter Wright for the “6 Legal Steps to Startup Success,” a fun, informative program that will ease your mind about the law. Attorneys Brett Thornton and Jack Gravelle will break down the legal trends affecting startups so you can minimize risk and focus on what you do best.

Speakers
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Jack Gravelle

Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Jack Gravelle is a partner practicing in Porter Wright’s Corporate Department. He helps emerging, high-growth and sustaining businesses raise and attract capital by providing legal advice about angel investment, venture capital, private equity investment, and strategic joint ventures... Read More →
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Brett Thornton

Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
A resourceful facilitator for emerging businesses, Brett Thornton is chair of the firm’s Entrepreneurship & Startups practice group. He helps entrepreneurs with the multitude of formation, growth and business operational issues confronting early stage companies, such as capitalization... Read More →


10:00am

Thriving in Music's Golden Era
A fireside chat with Zach Ruben founder and Managing Director of Prime Social Group, moderated by Randy Malloy Founder and Owner CD 102.5. Bexley, Ohio Native Zach Ruben began his career in the music industry while attending college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison when he started booking artists for club shows in the college market. Zach, alongside of his partner, founded Prime Social Group in 2010 in Columbus, OH. Prime Social Group, PSG, has quickly become a major force in festival, club show, and college music experiences in the Midwest. The company has grown to producing more than 800 events around the world from the Midwest, to Barcelona, to Puerto Vallarta and more, and now 16 music festival brands including Breakaway Music Festival, #FEST, 90’s Fest, and Haunted Fest.

Moderators
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Randy Malloy

President / General Manager / Owner, WWCD 102.5 FM
Born hyperactive (ADHD) in New York by the time he was in junior high school he had his own business cards. He graduated college but as Bart Simpson said, “I plan to stay on the education gravy train until they kick me off screaming.” More School graduating again he then drove... Read More →

Speakers
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Zach Ruben

Founder and Managing Partner, Prime Social Group
Bexley, Ohio Native Zach Ruben began his career in the music industry while attending college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison when he started booking artists for club shows in the college market. Zach, alongside of his partner, founded Prime Social Group in 2010 in Columbus... Read More →


11:00am

Disrupting Media; A New Hollywood
Founder, Co-CEO & Chief Content Officer, Bingeable. A live discussion with a legacy Media entreprenuer disrupting Hollywood with exclusive content and native Blockchain protocols. An innovator with over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Starting as a staff songwriter in Nashville, TN, Mr. Murray went on to become a major label recording artist, co-founder of the seminal indie rock label Via Records and publisher of the award-winning magazine -The Syndicate. He co-founded 456 Entertainment in New York City with Carson Daly, where he began developing unique digital distribution and marketing strategies. As one of the faces of the digital music revolution, Mr. Murray developed a reputation as an outside-the-box thinker with a heart for empowering creators to harness the direct relationship they have with their fans. During the last ten years, he has increasingly turned his attention back to his first love - film and television. His social television venture, AmplifierTV, generated nearly two billion views of original content for major media outlets like MTV, Viacom, Paramount, Sony and Universal; brands like Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, Converse and Guitar Center; and celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Kevin Hart. These efforts, which began in 2007, form the underlying business philosophies and technological solutions of BNGN. He also was a producer of Playback starring Golden Globe winner Christian Slater, the controversial documentary The United States of Football, highlighting the NFL concussion scandal, and was the creator and producer of the outrageous travel and lifestyle series Kristian’s World.

Moderators
avatar for Ari Schottenstein

Ari Schottenstein

Music, Media and Technology Entrepreneur
Ari leaped directly into IT post graduation beginning in technical recruiting performing client-interfacing duties of a client list comprised of exclusively Fortune 1000 companies.  He then moved into a more creative role with MAPSYS, an IBM Premier Business Partner, where he would... Read More →

Speakers
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Stephen Murray

Founder, Co-CEO & Chief Content Officer, Bingeable Network
An innovator with over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Starting as a staff songwriter in Nashville, TN, Mr. Murray went on to become a major label recording artist, co-founder of the seminal indie rock label Via Records and publisher of the award-winning magazine... Read More →


11:00am

Why Games Need Women (& Why Women Need Games)
In the past few years, the lack of women in many positions in both the tech and entertainment industries has come to light. Companies have come under fire not only for the lack of women in their ranks , but also for a lack of representation or discriminatory practices in their products. At the same time, girls and women continue to be discouraged from pursuing education and careers in certain male-dominated areas that are suitable preparation for careers in tech and gaming. Women’s systemic underrepresentation leaves them out of fulfilling and often well-paying and in-demand jobs, as well as opportunities to represent themselves and their stories equitably within games. Here, we’ll discuss how getting more girls and women involved in games will benefit both women and the gaming industry more broadly.

Speakers
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Jesse Fox

Associate Professor & Director of the Virtual Environment, Communication Technology, and Online Research (VECTOR) Lab, The Ohio State University
Jesse Fox, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University and Director of the Virtual Environment, Communication Technology, and Online Research (VECTOR) Lab. Her research interests include communication in online environments including... Read More →


11:00am

Learn the Art of Customer Feedback
This intense workshop will help you to better align your business with the markets and customers that you want and need to grow and succeed. Who should attend? Entrepreneurs and their teams. Whether you are just starting up, looking to tap new markets, or just need some fine tuning, this intensive business workshop is for you.

Friday May 11, 2018 11:00am - 3:00pm
The Outpost at Rev1 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

12:00pm

Data-Driven Decision Making
Data-driven decision making for startup companies. Making decisions based on data collected over the years is easier than working to base company decisions on a “blank database”. Companies like Google, Apple and Amazon collect and analyze data to drive company decisions producing formidable results. In the startup world, data can be difficult to identify. Discussion will be based around the methods to collect data and creative ways to find what you need without the time and expense typically associated with it. 


Speakers
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Brock Leonti

Chief Executive Officer, Prescribe Fit
With over a decade of experience in entrepreneurship including planning, executing and coordinating marketing efforts, business development initiatives and target market outreach activities, Brock Leonti’s professional drive, unwavering passion and goal-driven to a solid track record... Read More →


12:00pm

12:30pm

Women in Fitness, Finance, and Entrepreneurship – How to Survive in all
Alisha Allicock founder of Swerve Hip Hop and fitness presents on her experience as a female entrepreneur the role of fitness and health. 

Want to be empowered and inspired? Experience something fun and motivating so that you’re enabled to surpass expectations and achieve new levels of success? Learn 5 keys to breaking through self-limitations and moving past potential into thriving in your business. You will learn how to clarify your goals, focus your energy, and walk out your potential.

Speakers
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Alisha Allicock

Founder, Swerve Hip Hop Fitness
Alisha Allicock is the founder and lead instructor for Swerve Hip Hop Fitness. She is passionate about helping others achieve their goals through dance fitness and positivity. She was born on August 8th, 1987 on the island of Trinidad and Tobago. Her family moved to Fremont Ohio where... Read More →


1:00pm

Playing Together
Hosted by William Evans of Black Nerd Problems. This panel will look at the power of play and games to bring people from across the globe together to communicate, share, and work together in a way no other medium is capable of.

Moderators
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William Evans

Editor In Chief, Black Nerd Problems
William Evans is a writer and nerd connoisseur from Columbus, OH. He is the co-founder of Black Nerd Problems. In addition to authoring three manuscripts, he is a freelancer contributing to various publications including a monthly column for Columbus Alive.

Speakers
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Bria Davis

Narrative Designer, Multivarious Games
Bria Davis is a game developer, digital artist, and social media expert. A lover of inclusive storytelling and a good pun, she currently works as a narrative designer for Multivarious Games. Bria graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Communication and a triple... Read More →
ER

Ethan Rivera

Ethan Rivera is a Columbus gamer who has been playing video games since 1995. His first console was the NES, but he fell in love with video games with Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. He is a Destiny Raid Champion and still plays Destiny 2 regularly, don’t @ him. He loves... Read More →
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Dinte Woods

Student, Columbus State Community College
Donte Woods-Spikes is speaker, videographer, and mentor to teens through out the city of Columbus. He is a part time student at Columbus State seeking his degree in social work. He plans to take his educational background and fuse it with his personal experiences to help improve schools... Read More →


1:00pm

The Playbook Live with David Meltzer
Live Podcast of David Meltzer's "The Playbook"

Dave is a VIP contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine and launched a Top Five podcast on Apple called "The Playbook" that had over 255,000 downloads in its first 30 episodes. He is also the main host and Executive Producer of a new show called "Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch"--which has become the #1 Digital Business show online its first season at over 22 million views. Past guests include Serena Williams, The Rock, Tony Hawk, Braxton Miller and More.

Dave will be interviewing Doug Ulman.

Doug Ulman is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Pelotonia, which was established in 2008 with the objective to fund lifesaving cancer research and today is a rapidly growing non-profit. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic vision and direction of Pelotonia and also serves as an advisor to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Speakers
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David Meltzer

CEO, Sports 1 Marketing
David Meltzer is the current CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, co-founded with Warren Moon and former CEO of one of the worlds most notable sports agencies, Leigh Steinberg Sports & Ent.  Dave is a VIP contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine and launched a Top Five podcast on Apple called... Read More →
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Doug Ulman

President & Chief Executive Officer, Pelotonia
Doug Ulman is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Pelotonia, which was established in 2008 with the objective to fund lifesaving cancer research and today is a rapidly growing non-profit. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic vision and direction of Pelotonia... Read More →


2:00pm

The Many Elements of Games
Description: Gaming and Creative Technology by being on the cutting edge of technology come in a variety of forms. Jesse Fox, researcher at OSU, will lead this panel about the numerous aspects of the industry, including its impact on Art, Healthcare, E-Sports and more.

Moderators
avatar for Jesse Fox

Jesse Fox

Associate Professor & Director of the Virtual Environment, Communication Technology, and Online Research (VECTOR) Lab, The Ohio State University
Jesse Fox, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University and Director of the Virtual Environment, Communication Technology, and Online Research (VECTOR) Lab. Her research interests include communication in online environments including... Read More →

Speakers
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Marcus Cenci

Principal Outsource Manager / Outsource Area Owner, Deep Silver Volition
Marcus Cenci is a 15 year vet  in the games industry where he’s worked on multiple projects as an Art Director and Lead Artist including the Saints Row and Madden NFL franchises. He’s currently working at Deep Silver Volition focused on Art Outsourcing for their latest title... Read More →
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Justin Kogge

Owner/Co-Founder, Game-Arena
Justin Kogge is a serial entrepreneur that spends most of his time working in the startup community on his own or others projects. He created an mobile game development company called Game Dive while he was getting his Marketing Degree from The Ohio State University. The app is available... Read More →
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Cody Starcher

Cody is the Partner/Producer at local Creative Tech Studio Multivarious, a Co-Organizer of the Annual GDEX Gaming Expo, a Co-Organizer of The Central Ohio GameDev Group, and a Games Writer for Columbus Underground. He and the team at Multivarious are dedicated to making Columbus the... Read More →
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Lise Worthen-Chaudhari

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, MFA, MS, connects rehabilitation science to the creative arts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Seeking to make physical rehabilitation following CNS injury more engaging and more data-driven, Worthen-Chaudhari applies principles from dance... Read More →


2:00pm

A Startup Story: Technology Meets Movie Ticketing
Max Lynn is the Director of Corporate Development for Atom Tickets. Max spearheads Atom’s evaluation of new business initiatives, leading its Strategic Planning Committee. He also helps drive Atom’s exhibitor partnership efforts, working with theater circuits to join the Atom platform and drive incremental revenue opportunities. In addition, Max is responsible for board and investor communication strategy. Prior to joining Atom Tickets, Max was Director, Strategic Planning & Operations, in Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group. He managed Lionsgate’s deal analysis and greenlight process, and evaluated new business development opportunities for the studio.

Max earned an MBA from UCLA Anderson, after starting his career as a management consultant at PwC Advisory in New York. He holds a B.A. with Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Moderators
avatar for Ari Schottenstein

Ari Schottenstein

Music, Media and Technology Entrepreneur
Ari leaped directly into IT post graduation beginning in technical recruiting performing client-interfacing duties of a client list comprised of exclusively Fortune 1000 companies.  He then moved into a more creative role with MAPSYS, an IBM Premier Business Partner, where he would... Read More →

Speakers
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Max Lynn

Director of Corporate Development, Atom Tickets
Max Lynn is the Director of Corporate Development for Atom Tickets. Max spearheads Atom’s evaluation of new business initiatives, leading its Strategic Planning Committee. He also helps drive Atom’s exhibitor partnership efforts, working with theater circuits to join the Atom... Read More →


3:00pm

Goal Setting for Your Startups Success
Henry will be speaking about setting goals and developing a startup. He will begin with an explanation of the current state of the game industry, and its importance in every industry right now. He will then give a practical approach to setting and accomplishing goals that can be used to develop your new startup. He will then finish by giving some additional advice on company development best practices.

Speakers
avatar for Henry Bawden

Henry Bawden

Lead Instructor of Video Game Art and Animation, Columbus State Community College
Henry Elmo Bawden has been a professional in the video game industry since 2006, working on titles such as "Alvin and the Chipmunks", "Tale of Despereaux", and "Knock 'Em Downs: World's Fair". He is currently in charge of the Video Game Art and Animation program at Columbus State... Read More →


3:00pm

From Backstage Touring to Backstage Capital
A conversation with Arlan Hamilton who was on tour booking national recording artists and their tours to bootstrapping her own Venture Capital firm.

Speakers
avatar for Arlan Hamilton

Arlan Hamilton

Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital
Arlan built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started... Read More →


5:00pm

7:00pm

Franklinton Friday Music Series Featuring Playing to Vapors and Sugar Ghost
Free live music will be hosted during Franklinton Fridays each month May through September! Every show highlights a local artist's poster design, and two Columbus performers. Enjoy performances from Doc Robinson, Playing to Vapors, Counterfeit Madison, Orion and the Constellations, Joey Aich and more!  The Franklinton Fridays Concert Series is powered by CoverMyMeds with partners the Idea Foundry, Wild Path and Create Columbus Commission and the Franklinton Arts District.

MAY 11TH      
Performers: Playing to Vapors and Sugar Ghost
Artist: Gabe Michael Kenney


Friday May 11, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Columbus Idea Foundry 421 W. State St.

9:00pm

Official After Party - Presented by Prime Social Group
Prime Social Group Presents The Columbus Startup Week 2018 official closing party after party. Featuring DJ Pauly D @The Bluestone. Free entry for all startup week attendees until 10:00pm

Friday May 11, 2018 9:00pm - Saturday May 12, 2018 2:00am
The Bluestone 583 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215
 
Saturday, May 12
 

7:30pm

Startup week Crew Game (special promo)
Columbus Startup Week participants can access an exclusive discounted ticket offer for our match Saturday, May 12 vs. Chicago. The promo code to access the offer is “STARTUP.” Offer is good until 11:59 pm on Thursday, May 10.


Saturday May 12, 2018 7:30pm - 11:00pm
MAPFRE Stadium One Black and Gold Blvd, Columbus, OH 43211, USA