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Ohio State U partners with Techstars to launch accelerator for software start-ups

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 27th, 2023

Ohio State University and global start-up investor Techstars have partnered to create a new accelerator program to launch and support software start-ups.

Techstars Columbus Powered by the Ohio State University will enable early-stage entrepreneurs from around the world to engage in Columbus’ vibrant start-up community and provide opportunities to commercialize innovative software solutions. The program will bring together OSU’s research expertise and entrepreneurial spirit with Techstars’ accelerator model, which has led to the growth and success of thousands of early-stage companies.

Every six months, the accelerator will select 10 to 12 start-ups and founders from hundreds of applicants across the globe. Selected entrepreneurs will be invited to Columbus, where they can seek funding opportunities, receive mentorship from top experts in software, and gain access to the combined networks of OSU and Techstars.

“Columbus is an ideal home for software founders worldwide — in large part thanks to Ohio State’s long-standing culture of innovation — and this program will continue this momentum by attracting more top entrepreneurs working to solve pressing global issues to the city,” says Tim Grace, managing director at Techstars.

“Ohio State is pleased to partner with Techstars to offer emerging entrepreneurs access to infrastructure, support and training to build out their disruptive ideas and accelerate economic growth in central Ohio,” says Peter Mohler, acting president and executive vice president for research, innovation and knowledge at OSU. “The Techstars partnership is another important part of our strategy to impact the innovation ecosystem at Ohio State and across the state of Ohio.”

Source: Ohio State University

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