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Startup Grind Columbus Hosts Tom Walker (TechColumbus)

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Monday, December 9, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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Tom Walker, TechColumbus

Tom Walker has been a leader in entrepreneurship and turning innovation-based discoveries into commercial opportunities for the last twenty years. From his work with teams of scientists at an international science and technology enterprise exploring emerging scientific areas, to his leadership as CEO of TechColumbus, Tom has consistently identified, developed, and launched promising business opportunities and start-ups. He is a seasoned founder and manager of venture funds, from proof-of-concept through growth, and has served on the boards of numerous startup companies. As President and CEO of TechColumbus, Inc., Tom applies his cross-functional experience to create and carry out entrepreneurial initiatives to accelerate Central Ohio’s innovation economy. TechColumbus works directly with high growth entrepreneurs in fifteen counties to help them grow their businesses and operates a state-of-the-art incubator which also houses companies. TechColumbus provides very early stage capital to startups as well as mentoring and advice through the entrepreneurs-in-residence program and a series of events and programs designed to accelerate technology in the region. Throughout his career, Tom has worked with key state, national, and international research and development and entrepreneurial communities to further an increased recognition of innovation and entrepreneurship as a path to economic growth. He has been adept at securing private and federal funding to support on-the-ground state initiatives. Prior to joining TechColumbus, Tom was President and CEO of i2E, an Oklahoma private not-for-profit company focused on growing high-growth companies through venture advisory services, access to capital, and entrepreneurial development. Under Tom’s leadership, i2E experienced the largest growth in programs and infrastructure in its history. The company substantially increased the risk capital available to entrepreneurs in Oklahoma. Tom’s focus on establishing an entrepreneurial infrastructure for advanced technology opportunities resulted in international recognition for innovative venture development. With an increased emphasis on corporate governance, i2E was also awarded National Certification from the Standards for Excellence Institute, the first Venture Development Organization in the U.S. to receive such distinction. Tom organized his first angel investment group and fund in the late nineties and has been involved with angel and early stage investing ever since. He served as advisor to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (EMKF), the country’s largest foundation entirely devoted to new business creation and entrepreneurial education. He was also a founding board member of the Angel Capital Association (ACA) and chaired two ACA Summits, the organization’s annual event which is the largest gathering of angel investors in the world. An experienced investment fund manager, Tom founded SeedStep Angels. With chapters throughout Oklahoma, SeedStep Angels is that region’s most organized and largest angel group and actively invests in start-up companies. Tom has shared his insights and enthusiasm for building an innovation economy in a weekly column in The Oklahoman and blogs on entrepreneurial topics regularly. He is the author of The Entrepreneur’s Handbook, an easy-to-understand step-by-step guide to commercialization for entrepreneurs with big ideas. Tom’s hands-on experience makes him a sought-out participant and speaker in the national and international entrepreneurial scene. He has testified before state and federal legislatures and has served on and advised multiple national task forces. Tom has assisted and advised numerous states and regions, including the Southeast England Economic Development Agency (SEEDA).  SEEDA’s implementation of Enterprise Hubs became the largest entrepreneur support network under one brand in Europe. This network assists over 2500 high growth, technology startups at any given time. Tom was recognized as one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO’s in 2012 and as one of Oklahoma’s business leaders under the age of 40 and the Tulsa People magazine’s 40 business leaders under 40 in 2007. Tom holds a B.S. in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University. He began his career at Battelle Memorial Institute, an international science and technology enterprise that explores emerging areas of science, and develops and commercializes technology.

Agenda   6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking

Hosted By

Ryan Frederick, Columbus Chapter Director

Ryan has had the privilege of being part of several startups and growth companies. He has helped companies grow from inception, to viability, through to sustainability. During the evolution of these companies, Ryan as served on company boards and been instrumental in capitalization activities. He has also helped companies to expand to international markets. Ryan brings a unique blend of business acumen and technical knowledge to help companies and clients to achieve their objectives. He enjoys the process and challenge of starting and growing a company. Ryan (@ryanfrederick) currently serves as Vice President of Marketing & Sales for AWH (@awhnet), an application consulting & creation firm in Dublin, OH.

Email: rfrederick@startupgrind.com | Twitter: @ryanfrederick

Global Partners

Google Cloud

Google Cloud Platform is offering developers $2,000 of credit to start building applications on Google App Engine and Google Compute Engine. App Engine is a full development stack (PaaS), and Compute Engine lets you run workloads on Linux virtual machines (IaaS). Apply to receive credit at cloud.google.com/starterpack and use verification code: sg-org.

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Founded in 1995, AWH is an application consulting & creation firm.


TechColumbus provides expert advice, access to capital, and business growth connections to Central Ohio’s technology entrepreneurs.

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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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When & Where

1275 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH 43212

Monday, December 9, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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Startup Grind Singapore

Startup Grind is the world’s startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 170 cities.

We nurture startup ecosystems in 63 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Founded in Silicon Valley by Derek Andersen, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010.

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Startup Grind Singapore was founded in May 2012, we are one of the active grass-root startup communities in Singapore.

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