Ohio Innovation Fund to Address Ohio State University Students and Entrepreneurs at Three Speaking Engagements in November

Leading Ohio Investors Share Insights to Support Thriving Startup Economy and Shape the Next Generation of Innovation

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Executives from Ohio Innovation Fund (OIF), a leading venture capital firm that leverages Silicon Valley experience to help create the next generation of companies and industries in Ohio and throughout the Midwest, will speak at three events at The Ohio State University in November. OIF managing director Bill Baumel and partner Jill Raderstorf will share knowledge with students, entrepreneurs and other members of the Columbus community, furthering their mission to help foster a thriving startup culture and shape the next generation of innovation and investment in the state.

These speaking engagements support OIF’s commitment to raise visibility for Ohio and the Midwest as a leading hub for venture capital activity, with world-class research, leading innovators and partners in sectors such as healthcare, financial services, industrial products and consumer packaged goods, and a talented, and highly productive employee base.

Bill Baumel and Jill Raderstorf will host a session titled “Is VC Investment Right For You?” at The Starting Line powered by The Innovation Studio at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Greg Moran, Chief Operating Officer at OIF cybersecurity portfolio company Wiretap, will also speak to their decision to take on venture capital, and the strategic and operational implications of doing so.  

When: Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Idea Foundry, 421 W. State St., Columbus, Ohio

Jill Raderstorf will speak at an ideation event for undergraduate students hosted by OHI/O, a program dedicated to fostering technology culture at Ohio State. Raderstorf will discuss the lean business canvas, an entrepreneur-focused business plan that places an emphasis on problems, solutions, key metrics and competitive advantages.

When: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: OSU’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME), 1314 Kinnear Road, Columbus, Ohio

Bill Baumel and Jill Raderstorf will speak to an entrepreneurial business-focused class at the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at Ohio State. They will discuss the state of the VC ecosystem in Ohio and how OIF has guided its portfolio companies to scale, and increase revenues.

When: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 3:15 p.m.
Where: Moritz College of Law, 55 W 12th Ave, Room 351, Columbus, Ohio

To learn more about these upcoming speaking engagements, or to read highlights from earlier speaking engagements, visit the Ohio Innovation Fund Growth and Prosperity blog, or read up on Ohio Innovation Fund and its diverse roster of portfolio companies. There you’ll find summaries of last month’s speaking engagements, including the Kent State College of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation's 2018 CEBIdea Pitch Competition, and the annual Deal Flow event hosted by Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF).

About The Ohio Innovation Fund
The Ohio Innovation Fund (OIF) provides venture capital and strategic, operational, and financial expertise to high-growth companies in the SaaS, Data Science, Cyber Security, and Med Tech markets. With more than twenty years of Silicon Valley venture capital experience, and close ties with a significant network of key Silicon Valley leaders, the partners of OIF have successful exits via several multi-billion-dollar valuation Initial Public Offerings as well as acquisitions by companies such as Medtronic, Dell, SAP, Intuit, and Stryker. OIF's companies have been featured by CNN, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal among others. For more information please visit www.ohioinnovationfund.com.

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