Winners of the 2017 VentureOhio Awards were selected at the fourth annual VentureDinner last night. The VentureDinner brings together the top entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders from across Ohio and beyond to celebrate the year’s success and inspire innovation in the years to come. The event continues to grow in popularity with this year marking the first sold-out, 500 attendee dinner.
Twenty-five finalists were selected out of nearly 150 nominations, with the final five winners chosen by a panel of expert judges including: Sarah Anderson (Cintrifuse), Michele Blair (City of Mason), Calvin Cooper (NCT Ventures), Melissa Diethelm (Huntington), Todd Federman (North Coast Angel Fund), Ryan Frederick (AWH), Britney Hamberg (River Cities Capital Fund), Travis Hedge (Silicon Valley Bank), Ryan Helon (Rev1 Ventures), Ray Leach (Jumpstart), Brad Mascho (VentureOhio), Jennifer Neundorfer (Flashstarts), James Richardson (ProMedica Innovations), Jeff Toewe (Athenian), Bill Trainor (Mutual Capital Partners), Mike Venerable (CincyTech), Jonathon Vinocur (Thompson Hine), Erica Waite (Ikove Capital), and Don Wright (Refinery Ventures).
Each of the finalists and the winners of the VentureOhio Awards have contributed substantially to Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and have demonstrated the success that can be accomplished in Ohio. Categories and winners include:
Seed Stage Company of the Year
Genetesis is a clinical-stage medical device company developing a biomagnetic imaging tool to streamline the global challenge of chest pain triage in the emergency room. Genetesis builds devices which utilize advanced software and artificial intelligence that images and analyzes cardiac magnetic fields to determine the presence and location of heart disease. The device works quickly, noninvasively and without any radiation, and may ultimately provide a rapid and accurate standard for chest pain triage.
Early Stage Company of the Year
Enable Injections develops and manufactures devices that allow patient self-administration of high volume/viscosity drugs. The Enable Injector technology is a discrete body-worn device that provides a comfortable injection experience allowing the patient to continue with normal daily activities.
Growth Stage Company of the Year
Updox provides a web-based subscription service that allows physician practices and practitioners to securely document, share and save information. The Updox application enables practices to quickly transition to less paper, fewer keystrokes, and less time spent with phone, fax and e-mail communications. The system quickly allows practices to receive and review reports, file patient records, comment on documents and images, and send notes to labs, pharmacies and other physicians.
Catalyst of the Year
Charles Stack is a successful serial entrepreneur, known for Parallax, Flashline, and Books.com – (the first online bookstore)- as well as his role at Ohio Venture Association. More recently, he co-founded Flashstarts, a Cleveland-based accelerator and venture fund focused on fostering innovative uses of software and technology. The rigorous accelerator program helps the each company to become more agile, provides them with an initial investment of $25,000 and offers a chance at follow-on funding. Charles is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and the Case Western Reserve University Law School.
Entrepreneur of the Year
Matt Scantland is the Co-Founder and CEO of CoverMyMeds, the nation’s largest electronic prior authorization platform. As CEO, Matt is responsible for overall leadership and growth. Prior to co-founding CoverMyMeds, Matt was co-Founder and president of a software development company in Columbus that served large health care companies. Matt is active in Columbus’ business and technology communities, and is a big supporter of the startup scene–especially as a sponsor of initiatives like Columbus Startup Weekend, GiveBackHack, Independents’ Day Festival and more.