News Roundup: Cova Starts Pre-Sales, Support Small Business Saturday & More

There’s a multitude of ways to support local enterprises on Small Business Saturday – from handmade goods to coworking memberships. Plus instead of a Columbus-based business heading to Silicon Valley, a Silicon Valley-based business is expanding in Central Ohio. Learn more in the latest News Roundup!

Cova Cowork Starts Pre-Sale Memberships for Gravity Location

Pre-sales kick off Saturday, November 24 for Cova Cowork’s second location at the Gravity Development in Franklinton. The 7,000 square foot space is slated to open in spring of 2019, expanding the brand’s presence in the neighborhood from its flagship location at Bottoms Up Coffee Co-Op.

The new space will feature workspaces, on-site childcare, professional development services, fitness/wellness services and other lifestyle amenities all geared towards creating a holistic and productive work environment.

Cova’s membership sale coincides with Small Business Saturday. Discounted coworking rates on memberships and offices are available while supplies last. Cova is eager to find early members who want to help shape the space with them to create a place that is truly community-sourced.

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Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the Idea Foundry

The Idea Foundry is teaming up with Easton Town Center for The Maker Market this Saturday, November 24 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. In celebration of Small Business Saturday, over 20 local artisans will present handmade goods, gifts, art, and educational opportunities.

Visitors can get a jump on their holiday shopping with vendors offering fine furniture, leathercraft, smithing, jewelry, art and more. Gifts and unique “Foundry Made” swag will also be up for grabs during hourly raffles.

The Idea Foundry will offer live woodworking demos and the opportunity to craft your own holiday ornaments. Budding entrepreneurs can give themselves the gift of knowledge by stopping by Sundown Group’s Center for Entrepreneurship Education Small Business HelpDesk.

The Maker Market will be held at Easton’s Town Square. For more information, click here.

Lending Platform Upstart Expands to Columbus

Silicon Valley-based Upstart plans to add 100 jobs to Columbus in 2019.

The lending platform leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to price credit and automate the borrowing process. The new Columbus office will house Upstart’s data science, engineering and operations teams.

Technical talent from surrounding universities and personal connections to the city among the leadership team brought Upstart to Columbus.

“In searching for a second home, we looked for a hotbed of incredible talent, a super high quality of life, easy access from the Bay Area, and readily-available leadership that could transplant Upstart’s unique DNA to a new setting,” said Dave Girouard, co-founder & CEO of Upstart. “As the home of Ohio State University and also as the second-largest city in the Midwest, Columbus was clearly the right answer for us.”

Upstart was founded in 2012 by former Google executives and has grown to 200 employees largely based in Silicon Valley. The company expects $2.7B in loan originations and revenues in excess of $110M by EOY 2018.

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