DEC presents: Launching a Venture in Central Ohio with Mike & Mike

Please join us Thursday, April 14th 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Program: Think California’s Bay Area is the only place to launch a successful tech company? Think again.

The data doesn’t lie; Columbus is viewed as a great place to start a business, especially a tech business. October 2014, Kiplinger named Columbus number 10 in the list of Great Cities to Start a Business.  For 2015, Smart Asset rated Columbus, OH number 8 for one of the top tech cities in the U.S. Nerd Wallet ranked Columbus number 17 out of 370 Metroplitan areas to find the best places for tech jobs.  </a>

Mike Blackwell and Mike McCann of Rev1 Ventures will lead a lively discussion on launching a technology venture here in Central Ohio.  They will describe Rev1’s approach to validating a concept BEFORE you build it and creating an inspiring product that people actually want to buy!

Presenters: Mike Blackwell (<a href=”″>Linkedin), VP of Entrepreneur Development, is responsible for leading Rev1 clients through a rigorous process of Concept Validation, delivering advice, guidance, tools, and sometimes capital to build inspiring products and services. Mike is the former CEO of ShareThis and a serial entrepreneur. In addition, he has managed and grown products within companies that became household names including Netscape and America Online. Mike holds a BA in Communications from The Ohio State University.

Mike McCann (LinkedIn), Director of FirstConnect Programs, helps clients “make history of their own” by leading strategic programs that provide access to expertise and talent. The Expert Network connects startups with quality professional services firms. And Rev1 offers a growing set of talent initiatives that help startups find the resources they need. Mike earned his BA and MBA at The Ohio State University.

Location: The Dublin Entrepreneurial Center is located at 565 Metro Place South, Suite 100, Dublin, Ohio 43017. For more information visit our website or even better join the conversation on twitter, facebook, or LinkedIn.