Connect with Entrepreneurs & Innovation

VentureNEXT welcomes the region's top entrepreneurs, startups, investors, inventors, innovative corporations, community leaders, and economy developers for an amped-up evening of connection, information, and recognition.

Join us Thursday, November 6, 2014 as we recognize the most accomplished innovation companies in the Central Ohio Region.

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2014 STARTUP AWARD FINALISTS
ANNOUNCED!

SEE WHO'S IN THE RUNNING

WORK & PLAY

VentureNEXT is an innovation celebration of Central Ohio’s leading entrepreneurs, creatives, and corporations.


Innovation Excellence

Get ready for an evening of connections and inspiration as VentureNEXT honors the region’s top startups, students, and corporate companies who have shown exceptional engagement with the startup community.

VentureNEXT showcases break-through innovations, first-hand startup stories, and next-level insights that will energize and inspire!

We are excited to welcome Barry Moltz, virtuoso of "Getting Small Businesses Unstuck", as our 2014 Master of Ceremonies.

Learn more about Barry Moltz


Powerful Connections

Find out "What's Next"... straight from the source at this vibrant mixer.

VentureNEXT is your prime arena for one-on-one connections with customers, investors, and Central Ohio's brightest creators and new idea companies.

Social & Local

To add to the social and local vibe of the evening, VentureNEXT will feature six amazing local entrepreneurs that showcase some of the best food and flavors in the city.


So grab a drink...
sample some amazing local cuisine...
and connect with Central Ohio's best and brightest!

2014 STARTUP AWARDS


Celebrating Innovative Startups in the Central Ohio Region.

VentureNEXT is a celebration of Central Ohio’s Innovation Economy and brings together all sectors – startups, corporations, educators, businesses, and policy influencers – who work to create and sustain an environment in which these three key drivers are plentiful.

Thursday, November 6, VentureNEXT will present its annual Startup Awards to companies that offer attention or assets to the Innovation Economy through the successful execution of a scalable business model that is based on an innovative technology.



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2014 CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT AWARDS


Honoring Outstanding Corporate Engagement

Innovation is accelerated in Central Ohio by the many corporate firms in the corporate sector who have gone above and beyond to lend their expertise, time, and connections in ways that can positively impact a startup’s bottom line.

The VentureNEXT Corporate Engagement Award will recognize at least one outstanding Central Ohio-based company for its above and beyond contribution to the Innovation Economy through the Expert or First Connect Networks.


Join us November 6 as we recognize companies who have shown leadership and support in the eyes of the Startup Community.


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2014 STUDENT AWARDS


Students are paving the way to an Innovative Future

VentureNEXT will present two sets of awards in 2014, recognizing bright and talented students for their innovative academic achievements.

The VentureNEXT College Awards, sponsored by Bricker & Eckler, and the High School Student Awards seek to nurture and encourage future generations of technology entrepreneurial talent.

For the College Awards, VentureNEXT will award $2500 in scholarship dollars to each of two students attending a college or university in the 15 county Central Ohio region: Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hocking, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Perry, Pickaway, Ross, and Union counties.

For the High School Student Awards, two outstanding students will receive $2,500.00, placed into a 529 College Savings Account on their behalf.


Join us November 6 as we announce the 2014 Student Award Recipients.

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VentureNEXT offers access to a vital and expansive pool of innovative startups, entrepreneurs, and technology companies.

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TechColumbus

Helping Entrepreneurs Build Great Companies

Join the more than 500 emerging technology companies that come to TechColumbus to grow into sustainable, profitable Central Ohio businesses.

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“VentureNEXT is an exciting and completely new approach to celebrating entrepreneurial success.

Folks in the Central Columbus region have a lot to be inspired about. It’s something we should celebrate. VentureNEXT is a great place to start.”


Tom Walker
TechColumbus CEO