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Securing Strategic Partners: Five Tips For Startups, December 30, 2019

If there’s one thing entrepreneurs too often overlook, it’s the value of strategic partners. Securing strategic partners can help a company establish credibility; expand into new geographic regions, product areas, or markets; and even be a gateway for a future acquisition. Companies in which my venture capital firm has invested have landed strategic partnerships that have helped put them on the map as key players within their respective industries. These partnerships have also sparked national and international recognition that may have been difficult to secure otherwise, not to mention provided business and sales leverage.

Ohio Chamber Research Foundation Explores the Future of Innovation in Ohio, December 2, 2019

The Ohio Chamber Research Foundation recently held its second meeting for its Lunch, Learn & Lead Discussion Series. Focused on the future of innovation in Ohio, the event brought together a room full of policy-makers and industry leaders that unveiled the pivotal point Ohio’s economy is at in its innovation future.

Bill Baumel brings Silicon Valley cred to Ohio universities’ VC drive, November 26, 2019

The managing director of the Ohio Innovation Fund has just the background to lead the $40 million venture capital fund, where he also has built what he calls the top venture entrepreneurship training for students in the country.

A Snapshot Of Venture And Startup Activity In Esports, November 15, 2019

It’s now common knowledge that competitive gaming, better known as esports, is a real industry. Recent numbers underscore the fact.

Ohio Innovation Fund Invests In Windpact, November 12, 2019

Ohio Innovation Fund, a Columbus venture capital firm, has invested in Windpact, an impact safety technology company focused on the protection of athletes, military personnel and consumers. The Virginia company is founded and led by Shawn Springs, a 13-year NFL veteran who played collegiately at The Ohio State University.

Ohio Innovation Fund invests in impact protection company founded and led by legendary Ohio State and NFL player Shawn Springs, November 12, 2019

Ohio Innovation Fund (OIF), a venture capital firm that partners with bold, disruptive founders of high growth startups based in Ohio and throughout the Heartland, has invested in Windpact, an impact safety technology company focused on the protection of athletes, military personnel, and consumers.

Entrepreneurship Grad Blazes Trail in Fast-Growing Esports Industry, November 8, 2019

It’s one of the fastest growing forms of entertainment across the globe, and now draws international competitors to tournaments with prize pools of up to $30 million and hundreds of millions of spectators. So, it’s no surprise that graduates from Ohio University’s College of Business are looking to capitalize on that growth and blaze new trails in the emerging esports industry.

TechOhio Startup Awards Contest, November 7, 2019

Chillicothe native and Ohio University graduate Matt Benson says his company eFuse is the culmination of his two passions, tech, and gaming. The web and mobile app serve as a professional hub, a LinkedIn of sorts for Esports and video games. “eFuse essentially finds talent and facilitates that talent to find opportunities, opportunities being scholarships, jobs, internships, tournaments, team openings, and events,” says Benson.

Ohio University graduate raises $1.4M to launch LinkedIn for the esports industry, November 6, 2019

A recent Ohio University graduate has raised $1.4 million in seed funding to launch a new Columbus-area startup that he describes as the LinkedIn of the esports industry.

The Funding Index: A Roundup of Cincinnati VCs, Angels and Other Investment Firms, September 24, 2019

A recent Ohio University graduate has raised $1.4 million in seed funding to launch a new Columbus-area startup that he describes as the LinkedIn of the esports industry.

The company, eFuse, is a web and mobile application geared toward connecting gamers, coaches, recruiters and business professionals in the booming esports industry, which could reach an audience of 450 million this year. An estimate from Goldman Sachs predicts esports revenue could top $3 billion in the coming decade.

Midwest is a region of ‘overwhelming opportunity’ for VC firms, September 16, 2019

VC firms, take note: Ohio is booming with innovation, and it’s growing bigger and faster every day.

This Mason Startup is Revolutionizing Heart-Scan Technology, September 5, 2019

A groundbreaking medical platform from Mason could help doctors detect heart problems in less than five minutes. Its origin? An Ohio State University dropout turned entrepreneur.

Peeyush Shrivastava, CEO and co-founder of Genetesis, recalls the medical technology company’s early days as “a dorm-room startup.” Now, it’s getting closer to emergency room implementation as its flagship cardiac imaging platform received FDA 510(k) clearance in March 2019.

Mason firm adds former Assurex Health executive to C-suite, August 27, 2019

Genetesis, a Mason startup that’s developing medical devices to detect heart disease and is considering an initial public offering of stock, has hired a former Assurex Health executive as chief business officer.

Proceed with Caution: 10 Tips For Angel Investors Looking to Fund a Startup, August 12, 2019

As a successful businessperson, you want to give back to your community and help the next generation of entrepreneurs grow. Choosing the right startup to back can require a critical eye. The things that you knew about your business, you need to assume about the startups, especially if they don’t divulge all the details behind their idea.

Vetting Potential Investors: 11 Tips for Entrepreneurs, July 31, 2019

Very few businesses can expand without input from investors. Entrepreneurs in the hunt for money to start or grow a company see investors as a necessary evil. Giving up equity within a business to investors takes away some of the power of the business owner and forces them to confer with the board over decisions that affect the company.

Exploring Entrepreneurship: How the next generation can get a head start, July 29, 2019

As we approach the next decade, we find ourselves with the next generation of workers entering the workforce — Generation Z (GenZ). Many studies about GenZ note that there is a strong entrepreneurial spirit among these young workers, with nearly half of GenZers planning to become entrepreneurs and focusing on working for themselves. 

Ohio Innovation Fund with Bill Baumel, July 29, 2019

The Ohio Innovation Fund(OIF) is a venture capitalist based in Columbus, Ohio, located in the Short North. Their mission is to fund companies in the early stages and give business expertise to new founders (much like another broadcast guest, ECDI.) The main clientele of OIF are in Ohio, but this organization also works with companies throughout the entire Midwest. 

Bill Baumel Live Broadcast, July 26, 2019

Bill Baumel of the Ohio Innovation Fund talks with Tony about the booming business opportunities in #Ohio and what he is doing about it! Check out their website to learn more about this #venturecapital https://www.ohioinnovationfund.com/

Communication and Culture: How to Win the Next Generation at Work, July 25, 2019
From Corporation to Startup Company: What Corporate Executives Need to Know, July 12, 2019

Oftentimes, startup companies choose to bring in CEOs and other high-ranking executives from established companies to serve on their boards of directors, in search of guidance from seasoned business veterans. The benefits of this may seem obvious, but as with most startup-related endeavors, there are pros and cons to everything, and corporate executives will find that there is a learning curve when transitioning from corporate to startup life. Before making the leap to a startup’s board, corporate executives should consider both the positives and potential negatives to ensure the relationship is successful.

Economic development organizations: good or bad for entrepreneurial activity?, June 7, 2019

In developing VC markets such as the Midwest, some may think that funding from the government or economic development organizations are a godsend for local entrepreneurs. Startups are often looking for all the help they can get, and a boost in funds or an attractive set of economic incentives can be perceived as the fuel they need to take the next step in their growth journey.

Ohio State Alumni Magazine: Start Me Up, Summer 2019

From a radio frequency generator that’s making our highways safer to a sustainable microbe inoculant system that helps farmers increase crop yields, the innovations of Ohio State researchers, students and alumni are a pivotal part of the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

A record 19 startups spun out of university technology in fiscal 2018 — a boost rooted in the university’s expanded focus on commercialization and corporate engagement and a funding continuum that supports innovation from the idea stage all the way to major expansions.

10 Venture Capital Advantages & Disadvantages, May 15, 2019

Like other startup funding options, venture capital advantages and disadvantages should be considered before funding. Venture capital offers funding to startups that are growing quickly in exchange for equity. It also eliminates debt payments and provides founders with advice and guidance. These are only some of the pros and cons of venture capital to consider.

Through Q1, Keyfactor fundraise leads Ohio in VC deals, April 11, 2019

A major fundraise closed in January for Independence cybersecurity firm Keyfactor helped boost total venture capital raised in Ohio during the first quarter by more than 48% over the first quarter of 2018 and 123% over last year’s fourth quarter.

How Tech’s ‘Big Five’ Have Changed The Venture Capital Landscape, April 10, 2019

Google recently said it plans to invest $600 million in a new data center in Ohio, a welcome investment in the Midwest economy. However, while people are excited to see a company like Google establish a presence in the Midwest, the move essentially amounts to a real estate and infrastructure play rather than an investment in partnering with Midwest startups.

Fast-growing Columbus startup rebranding, looking for new home as it adds staff, April 2, 2019

Wiretap does much more than cybersecurity for collaboration platforms, so here’s its new brand.

Business First announces the 40 under 40 Class of 2019, April 1, 2019

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