COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 01, 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 be speaking at two events in October.  OIF managing director Bill Baumel, and partner Jill Raderstorf, will share their expertise with students, entrepreneurs and other members of the Ohio community to help foster a thriving startup culture and shape the next generation of innovation and investment in the state. These speaking engagements reflect OIF’s commitment to raise visibility for Ohio 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.

Jill Raderstorf will present An Introduction to Venture Capital at the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF) Deal Flow Event. NEOSVF is a non-profit, student run organization that funds high-growth potential startups in Northeast Ohio.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: StartMart, 50 Public Square Suite #200 in Cleveland, Ohio

Bill Baumel will serve as a guest judge and keynote speaker at the Kent State College of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation's 2018 CEBIdea Pitch Competition, an annual event that creates opportunities for students to receive mentoring and feedback on their business idea, as well as win seed money. OIF is sponsoring the event, at which Bill will present The State of the Innovation Economy, discussing the transformative power of ideas and innovation. A total of $2,500 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top 10 pitches, including $600 to first place.

When: Monday, Oct. 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Where: KIVA, the Kent State Student Center, 1075 Risman Drive in Kent, Ohio

These speaking engagements come on the heels of several other events in recent weeks. Ohio Innovation Fund executives presented “The Business of Social Impact” at the Community Foundation Theater in the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, “How to Develop a Business Plan” during the Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop at Ohio State University, and discussed the current and future state of Ohio venture capital and innovation at the Ohio State College of Engineering and at Wittenberg University. Learn more about these topics and others on the Ohio Innovation Fund Growth and Prosperity blog, or read up on Ohio Innovation Fund and its diverse roster of portfolio companies.

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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