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    Ohio VC Fest to Amplify Tech-Based Innovation Across the State

    JumpStart Ventures is thrilled to host Ohio VC Fest, a two-day summit bringing together tech founders, investors, corporate leaders, and entrepreneurs Oct. 11- 12 in downtown Cleveland. Ohio VC Fest is a groundbreaking event in the state, offering Ohio- based founders unprecedented access to capital and client connections while facilitating deal flow for institutional and corporate investors.    "As innovation hubs nationwide continue to grow and gain momentum, Ohio is at a critical turning point," said Hardik Desai, Managing Partner at Jumpstart Ventures. "Ohio VC Fest unites key players, facilitates connections and builds new investment pipelines to activate VC activity statewide."

    Key Highlights and Featured Speakers:

    • Opening Session with Mayor Justin M. Bibb and Ted Souder: Ted Souder is a digital transformation expert, former Google insider, and 1871 board director inspiring global business leaders to thrive in the digital age. Ted, along with Cleveland Mayor Justin M. Bibb, both advocates for technology’s transformative power, will open the summit.
    • Keynote Chris Heivly, Co-founder of MapQuest and former SVP of Ecosystem Development for Techstars, known as “The Startup Whisperer” for his expertise in fostering startup success. Chris will close out the summit with key takeaways to encourage each attendee to find their place in building a thriving innovation ecosystem.
    • Speaker Sessions: Ohio VC Fest will feature informative sessions covering topics critical to Ohio’s economic vitality. Sessions will cover Revolutionizing Healthcare, Research-led Innovations, AI-Driven Business, Evolution in Legacy Sectors and Building a Culture of Innovation.
    • One-on-One Meetups: Attendees can engage in exclusive one-on-one meetings curated based on industry focus, capital needs, and other criteria. Startup founders will deliver elevator pitches to potential investment partners, fostering VC deal flow and network growth.

    Networking Reception: Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other tech and venture capital enthusiasts. Lt. Governor Jon Husted will deliver comments.

    About JumpStart Ventures

    JumpStart Ventures is a division of JumpStart Inc. investing in Seed and Series A-stage technology startups throughout Ohio and beyond. With four investment funds under management, the organization provides a capital continuum to startup founders as they move through critical growth phases. Financial returns generated by JumpStart Ventures help strengthen the competitiveness of Ohio’s VC ecosystem, increasing capital access and resource connections for early-stage companies. As one of Ohio’s most active seed-stage investors, the organization’s investment activities have generated 2.5X+ returns-to-date via nationally recognized exits. To learn more, visit


    About Ohio VC Fest ’23

    Ohio VC Fest ’23 is a groundbreaking event celebrating technology, innovation, and investment in the Ohio region. With a focus on fostering connections, driving economic growth, and showcasing Ohio as a hub for tech startups and venture capital investments, it promises high-impact networking and inspiring insights to propel Ohio’s technology and innovation landscape forward. The agenda includes curated 1:1 meetings, engaging sessions, panel discussions, workshops, pitch showcases and more. JumpStart Ventures is presenting the event in partnership with CincyTech, Rev1 Ventures, Ohio X and supporting sponsors, including Case Western Reserve University, Thompson Hine, KeyBank, JobsOhio, Taft and many more.