JumpStart CEO Ray Leach accepted the American Spirit award at the sold-out National Venture Capital Association gala in Menlo Park, California to cheers from his friends from Ohio, the coasts and everywhere in between. Congratulations Ray!

With brainpower at the Ohio State University and Honda Motor Co. already working on the concept and the added power of the $417 million (and counting) Smart City initiative, Columbus is poised to become a leader in the self-driving car movement. Here are some of the projects being planned around town.

JadeTrack LLC, a sustainability startup that helps large facilities reduce energy bills through behavioral changes rather than expensive equipment upgrades doubled its sales in 2016 with hopes to do it again this year with some help from the Smart Cities initiative. 
In February and March, North Coast Angel Fund and Key Bank partnered to host Angel 101+, an educational event that attracted 75 to 100 attendees. The panel discussed topics such as due diligence do’s and don’ts, valuation and deal terms, exits, and how to be an impactful board member for startup companies. Follow the link to watch the recap of the session.