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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Innovation Excellence

VentureNEXT will be a night of insight, recognition, and celebration for all those who participate in the greater opportunities and sustainable prosperity that the Innovation Economy brings to Central Ohio startups and entrepreneurs.

The highlight of the evening will be the announcement and recognition of the VentureNext Award winners. TechColumbus will honor our region’s top innovative startups and corporate companies who have shown exceptional engagement with the startup community.

Award winners will be selected by a diverse panel of experienced judges who represent the national Innovation Economy.

TechColumbus will also be awarding outstanding achievement by local college and high school students with our College and High School Student Awards.


Powerful Connections

VentureNEXT is not only about recognition... this vibrant mixer is your prime arena for one-on-one connections with customers, investors, and Central Ohio's brightest creators and new idea companies. VentureNEXT is the place to find out "What's Next"... straight from the source.

We invite the entire innovation community to join us. Have a drink, sample flavors from some of Columbus's best food entrepreneurs, and enjoy an evening of shoulder rubbing with the most innovative and fundable companies and entrepreneurs in Ohio.


Vital Content

VentureNEXT showcases break-through innovations, first-hand startup stories, and Next-level Insights will have you exiting VentureNEXT energized and inspired!

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 it’s 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.



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.


Recognize a company who has 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.


Do you know a student who shows extreme promise and passion in innovation and technology?

If so, share this opportunity with a student or submit a nomination today.


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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