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Techstars and The Ohio State University Launch Accelerator for Entrepreneurs Advancing Software Innovation

Pre-seed investor Techstars and The Ohio State University are partnering to bring a new accelerator program to drive growth in Columbus and the greater region by investing in the most promising software startups and innovators.

Techstars Columbus Powered by The Ohio State University will unlock new opportunities for early-stage entrepreneurs from across the globe to engage in Columbus’ vibrant startup community and lead future high-growth, innovative software solutions.

This new program represents one of the core features of the new Center for Software Innovation, made possible by the $110m gift from the Timashev Family Foundation to Ohio State earlier this year. Engaging students for the first time this fall, the center provides opportunities in entrepreneurship and offers the undergraduate educational honors program—Integrated Business and Engineering Software Innovation (IBE-SI)—focusing on software innovation, product management, sales and marketing.

Every six months, Techstars Columbus Powered by The Ohio State University will select 10-12 startups and founders from hundreds of applicants from across the world. Selected entrepreneurs will come to Columbus, access funding, receive training and mentorship by top experts in software, and gain access to the combined networks of Ohio State and Techstars.

The program will help founders define their product, core customer and market, and go-to-market strategy, in addition to getting additional support in raising seed or A-round venture capital funding.

Applications for the program are now being accepted through November 29, 2023.

The Ohio State University offers more than 200 majors—plus 500 specializations—for undergraduates to explore, along with 230 master’s, doctoral and professional degree programs. Across all campuses, Ohio State enrolls nearly 68,000 students in 15 colleges and supports more than 300 academic and interdisciplinary research centers and institutes.