September 13, 2018

The Midwest has emerged as one of the most promising startup communities in the world. please join the entrepreneurs, investors, elected officials and community leaders who are putting us on the map for an evening of celebration, thought leadership and collaboration.


VentureDinner Gallery

Venturedinner History


The 2017 VentureDinner brought nearly 550 community leaders together to strengthen relationships and celebrate successes. VentureOhio President Rich Langdale (NCT Ventures) kicked off the evening by paying homage to the Ohio venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who paved the way for future generations. Next, VentureOhio Chairman Mark Kvamme (Drive Capital) inspired and educated the audience with his profound presentation on the Fourth Wave of Computing. Finally, Marianne Hudson (Angel Capital Association) provided a first look at the American Angel study with a special focus on women investors. Our 2017 award recipients represented a variety of industries and cities and included Matt Scantland (Entrepreneur), Charles Stack (Catalyst), Genetesis (Seed Stage Company) Enable Injections (Early Stage Company), Updox (Growth Stage Company) and CoverMyMeds (Exit of the Year). Presenters included David Willbrand (Thompson Hine), Sue Zazon (Huntington), Ray Leach (JumpStart), John Husted (Secretary of State), Falon Donohue (VentureOhio) and a recorded presentation from Senator Sherrod Brown (United States).

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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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2018 Award Judges

Kris Bjornerud
Wavemaker Partners
Michele Blair
City of Mason
Andrew Deye
Sean Grant
Columbus 2020
Frank Gruber
Britney Hamburg
River Cities Capital Fund
Remsen Harris
JumpStart Inc.
Ryan Helon
Rev1 Ventures
Andy Jenks
Drive Capital
Mary Kander
Cleveland Clinic Innovations
Lindsay Karas
NCT Ventures
Wendy Lea
Candice Matthews
Hillman Accelerator
Chantel Moody
Plug and Play
Dipanjan "DJ" Nag
The Ohio State University
Jordan Parcell
Silicon Valley Bank
Michael Pistone
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Stacy Strauss
Ohio University Innovation Center
Liz Todia
Mutual Capital Partners
Jeff Toewe
Athenian Venture Partners
JD Vance
Rise of the Rest Seed Fund
Don Wright


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

This year, the VentureDinner will bring together 600 investors, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and elected officials to review the success of the Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem and encourage statewide collaboration. The event features a premium bar, band, appetizers, and plated dinner for attendees.

Sponsorship includes your logo featured prominently at the event, in the program, in email blasts, social media campaigns and on our websites. Please contact us to discuss VentureDinner sponsorship opportunities.

Support Ohio Entrepreneurship

  Full table: $2,500

  Half Table: $1,500

  Individual ticket: $250