VentureOhio has identified 50 of the most promising startups across the state. Representing pre-seed to growth-stage companies, the honorees of The Watchlist are poised for success in 2018 and beyond.
The 50 companies will gather tomorrow evening at the inaugural Startup Showcase as a part of the fifth annual VentureOhio dinner. During the showcase, businesses can connect with institutional and angel investors from across the country to look for investment opportunities. Following the showcase, exhibits from Ohio’s top startup companies will remain at COSI throughout the year to inspire the next generation of Ohio entrepreneurs.
“VentureOhio is thrilled to debut The Watchlist, and the Startup Showcase, to honor these
amazing startups that embody all the great things about Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said VentureOhio CEO Falon Donohue. “Based on the quality of the submissions, all stakeholders—entrepreneurs, investors, governments, higher education institutions—should be excited about the startup business climate in the state.”
The 50 startups were identified through a competitive process that fielded nominations from the entrepreneurial community which were then ranked by a panel of judges, including representation from the VentureOhio board of directors, along with more than 20 venture capitalists, angel investors and technologists.
The Watchlist includes 25 companies headquartered in Central Ohio:
– Ready Robotics
– Nikola Labs
– Myonexus Therapeutics
– ORIS Intelligence
– Healthy Roster
– Beam Dental
– Root Insurance Co.
Established in 2013, the non-profit VentureOhio is dedicated to improving access to capital, fostering collaboration and telling Ohio’s story of entrepreneurship. The organization’s annual dinner brings together investors, entrepreneurs and community leaders from across the state and includes awards for Exit of the Year, Startup of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Startup Community Catalyst of the Year.