VentureOhio’s Annual Gala brings together Ohio’s entrepreneurial community for a special night to celebrate startup successes and foster an environment of greater collaboration.

Venturedinner History


For the first time, our 2017 VentureDinner brought together over 500 investors, entrepreneurs and community leaders in Downtown Columbus. With a full day of programming, we were pleased to bring together the first Midwest LP Summit in 17 years and our NetGen Investors Summit during the day. At the dinner, speeches from Rich Langdale and Mark Kvamme to Marianne Hudson of the Angel Capital Association gave the audience a night to remember. VentureOhio honored Matt Scantland, Charles Stack, Enable Injections, Genetesis, and Updox.


The 2016 VentureDinner brought together over 400 investors, entrepreneurs and community leaders in Downtown Columbus. From the cocktail hour, to speeches including NVCA’s CEO Bobby Franklin, to the awards and a jam-packed after party with live music; it was a night to remember. VentureOhio honored three individuals for their outstanding entrepreneurship, leadership and civic contributions: Matt Scantland, Ryan Frederick and Don Wright. VentureOhio also honored five outstanding companies including T-Pro Solutions, remesh, ConXus, DOmedia and Assurex Health.

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The second annual VentureDinner brought together over 300 entrepreneurs, investors and supporters from across the state at the Hilton in downtown Columbus. VentureOhio honored four companies, Airway Therapeutics, Ahalogy, Assurex Health, and TOA Technologies, as winners in their respective financing and exit categories. Nineteen outstanding companies were nominated for awards.

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2017 Award Judges

Sarah Anderson
Michele Blair
City of Mason
Calvin Cooper
NCT Ventures
Melissa Diethelm
Todd Federman
North Coast Angel Fund
Ryan Frederick
Britney Hamberg
River Cities Capital Fund
Travis Hedge
SVB Capital
Ryan Helon
Rev1 Ventures
Ray Leach
JumpStart, Inc.
Jennifer Neundorfer
James Richardson
ProMedica Innovations
Jeffrey Toewe
Athenian Venture Partners
Bill Trainor
Mutual Capital Partners
Mike Venerable
Jonathan Vinocur
Thompson Hine
Erica Waite
Ikove Capital
Don Wright
Refinery Ventures


Thank you for supporting VentureOhio and Ohio entrepreneurship. We couldn’t do this without you!

Each year, the VentureDinner brings together over 500 investors, entrepreneurs, and government officials to review the success of the Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem. The event features a premium bar, band, appetizers, and plated dinner for attendees.

Sponsorship includes your logo featured in our program, website, and VentureReport which is widely circulated throughout the nation. Please contact us to discuss VentureDinner sponsorship opportunities.

2017 Sponsors