TechCrunch Live is coming to Columbus, Ohio – sign up and apply!

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TechCrunch Live is thrilled announce a special event dedicated to Columbus, Ohio. On June 1, 2022, our team will be hosting an extended episode of TechCrunch Live with Columbus investors, founders, and business leaders. There is even a pitch-off and we are looking for startups from Columbus to apply and pitch.

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Register for a virtual event hereand apply for a pitch-off here.

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Why Columbus? Because it’s fast becoming the hotbed for startups in the Midwest, especially in healthcare and insurance. More than $3 billion has been invested in the city over the past 20 years, according to Crunchbase. Investment in urban start-ups began to pick up around 2017 and peaked in 2021. That’s when investments nearly doubled, rising from $583 million in 2020 to just over $1 billion, with half of those dollars coming from two companies: the health tech company Olive and the standalone company. Robotics company Path Robotics. So far in 2022, Columbus startups have invested $110 million.

Olive is now valued at over $4 billion and is among other Columbus success stories such as CoverMyMeds, a healthcare software company that was acquired by McKesson Corp. in 2017 for $1.4 billion, representing Ohio Central’s first $1 billion exit. Root Insurance, which has raised over $800 million since 2015, went public in 2020. Other notable fundraising included Forge Biologics’ $120 million Series B round, which was considered Ohio’s largest Series B round to date. Forge plans to add 200 new jobs by 2023.

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We hope you can attend this event! As with any TechCrunch Live event, attendance is free. And like every TechCrunch Live event, it starts at 3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT, which happens on June 1, 2022.

Apply for a pitch-off! To qualify, you need:

  • Based in Greater Columbus, Ohio.
  • Be the best player
  • Be up to Serie A

TechCrunch Live in Columbus!

Columbus Unicorns with Olive and Drive Capital (3:00 pm EDT)

Olive – Columbus’s home-grown unicorn; hear from the CEO and lead investor how the company has been built and raised $856 million since its inception in 2012.

Attracting start-up capital (3:30 pm EST)

Ohio is not Silicon Valley, and yet there are plenty of venture capital funds out there willing to write checks to aspiring founders. Join this session and hear from two investors which industries are thriving in Columbus and which founders are best suited to the scene.

Startup job in Columbus (4:00 pm EDT)

Columbus, like many major American cities, is home to industrial giants with hundreds of workers toiling in cubicles. But startups are hiring! Hear from two local leaders about who is hiring and what they are looking for in new hires.

pitch competition (4:20 pm EDT)

Apply here!


Found live with Claire Coder, CEO of Aunt Flow (5:00 pm EDT)

Aunt Flow is an innovative startup based in Columbus, Ohio that stocks 23,000 bathrooms with women’s essentials. Apple’s customers include Meta and others. Hear from CEO Claire Coder about the struggles of raising capital in Ohio and growing the company to 40 employees during this special Found Live podcast recording.

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