News Roundup: Accelerator Applications, Crowdfunding, Best State to Launch a Startup & More

Honors, beer taps, opportunities and more! There is never any shortage of interesting things happening in the small business and entrepreneurial community in Columbus.

Ohio gets some love on a national scale for its startup community, a local business woman is honored with a global award, and there’s a few crowdfunding campaigns to support. Find out what’s happening:

Lumos Accelerator Accepting Applications for Second Class

As companies from its first class find traction, the Lumos Accelerator is accepting applications for its second run. Companies of all industries are welcome to apply, with the accelerator also seeking businesses leveraging thriving industries in Columbus. Additional criteria include:

  • Early startup stage company
  • Customer or pre-customer stage
  • Be close to or have MVP
  • Minimum of two founders

Applications are due April 3.

For more information and to apply, visit

Columbus Crowdfunding Roundup – February 2017

The crowdfunding roundup shuffles to later in the month after a slow start in February. Two campaigns have emerged for roundup-worthy shout outs.

The String Stash

The owner of Seagull Bags introduces a new product to the market through crowdfunding – the String Stash. Made of ripstop nylon that’s flexible, lightweight and moisture-resistant, the String Stash provides an alternative to a storage mess of guitar strings with slender slots for a variety of sizes of strings that can be rolled into a tight coil. The campaign is raising funds to place an initial order of 2,000 units that will fulfill Kickstarter rewards and create stock to move forward.

No Mercy: For Lorne Hope

Game studio Multivarious Games is hard at work creating their next original release No Mercy. A brawler for PC and Mac, four main characters fight their way through the forest to save it and restore balance – expect a “metric ton of monster beating.” The studio balances client work and creating its own fun, and is turning to crowdfunding to push things the No Mercy way. More money equals more time to allocate towards the game to finish it off.

Ohio’s Startup Culture Gets Some Love from Forbes

The title makes a bold claim that many startups probably already believe: Why Ohio Is The Best State In America To Launch A Start Up. Ohio has three big things going for it – geography, cost of living, talent stemming from Fortune 500 companies to universities. But there’s also the “Middle American Open-Mindedness.” Other cities might attach themselves to certain niches, but “It’s with a whiff of geographic irony that many companies and investors regard Ohio as nurturing one of the most open-minded start-up cultures in the America, with clusters spanning healthcare, tech, apparel, IT, heavy manufacturing, and entertainment.”

Read the full article HERE.

Local Businesswoman Honored with Global Award

Skyline Exhibits of Central Ohio Owner & CEO Jeannette Armbrust was named one of the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Award recipients from Enterprising Women magazine. The global award recognizes top female entrepreneurs at the helm of fast-growing businesses that also stand out in leadership and mentorship capacities.

Armbrust and her 15-year old operation are winners in the category for companies with more than $5 million and up to $10 million in annual revenue.

“It’s quite a prestigious honor to be named among a group of women who lead such significant companies in North America and around the world,” Armbrust said in a press release. “I am very proud to be included in the company of women who are visionaries and leaders in their industries.”

Armbrust is the only Ohio woman to receive the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Award.

Click here for more information.

Tap Takeover Supports Technology at Franklinton School 

What happens when you mix 3D printing and beer? Tap handles of the creative minds behind Columbus’ craft brews. Knockout Concepts is responsible for the project that turned local brewmasters into miniatures for a good cause. Using their 3D scanning technology, Knockout Concepts captured the brewers, and with the help of IC3D and Kendric Tonn, 3D printed and painted 20 unique tap handles.

The designs were put into action at a Tap Takeover event at Barley’s Brewing Co. in late January that raised over $5,000 to be donated to Avondale Elementary and Starling Middle School in Franklinton to support their technology needs.

The taps will be featured at a beer tasting at the Brandt-Roberts Gallery in the Short North on March 18.