A Regional Approach to Innovation: The Central Ohio Story

Tom Walker
Colleen Gilger
Cheryl Turnbull
02 Nov 2016
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Elijah Pierce | Lobby Level

A Regional Approach to Innovation: The Central Ohio Story

The Columbus, Ohio, region has become the fastest-growing city for startup activity and the #1 city for scaling startups, according to the Kauffman Foundation. Learn how an intentional approach for connecting the region’s resources is fostering high-growth, high-tech companies and leading to overall regional success.

Key takeaways from the session will be:

  • Innovating with purpose to create a plan for connecting your region’s assets;
  • Collaboration with research institutions and finding leaders to take spinouts to market;
  • Getting support from the corporate base; and,
  • Tying startup activity into a larger regional plan for starting, growing, attracting and retaining great businesses.


  • Tom Walker, President & CEO, Rev1 Ventures


  • Colleen Gilger, Director of Economic Development, City of Dublin, Ohio
  • Kenny McDonald, President and Chief Economic Officer, Columbus2020
  • Cheryl Turnbull, Senior Director of Venture Capital; Director of Finance, The Ohio State University