This month, the Cleveland Foundation announced its partnership with JumpStart to launch the JumpStart Future Fund. The fund will focus on initiatives that extend the economic benefits of entrepreneurship to all communities, rather than those already connected to the venture ecosystem.

Cincinnati startup Lisnr launched its technology “Smart Tone” this month at TechCrunch Disrupt. Smart Tone replaces QR and NFC codes, changing the way we do point of sale transactions, ticketing and authentication, offline messaging, device connectivity, and more.

The Ohio Innovation Fund, a joint-fund between Ohio State and Ohio University, added another $5 million to its investment pool, increasing partnership opportunities with local startups.

Recent reports show that the Ohio Innovation Center supported 227 jobs and $10.1 million in employee income in 2016, showing a significant increase in economic impact between 2015 and 2016.

Singularity University along with NCT Ventures and AEP launched a Smart City accelerator to build companies that will contribute to the city’s smart growth.

Cincinnati public officials are leveraging data around public safety and health to further Cincinnati’s mission to become a smart city.

Rev1 Ventures creates a space for early stage entrepreneurs and companies to grow and succeed. Check them out in Columbus CEO.

In early May, DigitalC launched Connect the Unconnected in partnership with CMHA to install America’s first FCC-defined high-speed broadband internet in public housing. This new program will provide internet access, digital literacy and job training to over 140 households in Cleveland that weren’t connected previously.

Ocean Accelerator graduated its third class of startups in late April. The accelerator hosted a sold-out demo day in April with 842 attendees with an additional 1,490 online viewers throughout the event.
Columbus, Ohio was named one of the top 6 cities to start a business, according to Inc.