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Calling All Columbus Professionals!

The Starting Line provides Columbus professionals with access to the tools, education, and network needed to make informed decisions about taking the first steps to starting their business.

Recognizing that many professionals in Columbus have great ideas to contribute, we want to make sure that you have the resources, knowledge, and confidence to get started. Through a collaboration with the Create Columbus Commission, The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Innovation Studio is partnering with some of Columbus’ top local businesses (Root, ZoCo Design, Land Grant Brewing Company, Hot Chicken Takeover, & Wolf’s Ridge Brewing to name a few) that have been founded by a young professional to provide insight and resources to Columbus’ professionals.

The Starting Line brings prototyping tools, designers, programmers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and much more to local businesses that have been founded by young professionals and delivers mini half-day entrepreneurship boot camps to help you take the first few steps to start your business. You’ll hear firsthand about what drove these founders to entrepreneurship and how they found success.

Need to talk to a lawyer? Check.

Need to 3D print a prototype? Check.

How about advice from a programmer? Check.

Starting Line Agenda

Warning: If you’re not willing to hustle, this probably isn’t the right event for you.

As each entrepreneur and business idea is unique, so is each Starting Line experience. These events are purposefully unstructured to let entrepreneurs choose their path. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and support you need to get started. Your goal should be to soak up as much advice as you can and hustle to take the first few steps to start your business or regain momentum.

10:00-11:00 Jay Clouse & Eric Hornung
Upside.FM Live Recording with Local Business Started by YP

11:00-11:30 Entrepreneurs who have Bootstrapped and/or leveraged SBA, ECDI, Third Frontier $
Funding Opportunities for Lifestyle Business

11:30-12:00 Entrepreneurs who have leveraged Starting Line, GBH, Start-up Weekend, Sea Change, Accelerators Catalyst Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

12:00-1:00 Lunch


12:30-1:00 Legal Firms and Entrepreneurs who have legal success stories
Legal Considerations for Business Owners

1:00-1:45 Ohio Innovation Fund – Is VC investment right for you?

1:45-2:30 Suzy Bureau and the community – Side Hustles and Freelancing

2:30-3:15 Lacey Picazo, Aslyne Rodriguez, Jerry Tsai – From Startup to Becoming Established

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-4:00 Suzy Bureau and Derek Dehart – Leveraging the Columbus Community for Entrepreneurial Success

4:00-5:00 Shereen Khanuja of Root – Designing a Startup for Scalability

5:00-6:30 – Networking Reception

Want to get involved as a starting line mentor? Contact our Chief Innovation Officer, Tim Raderstorf, at for details.