Think California’s Bay Area is the only place to launch a successful tech company? Think again. According to the Kauffman Foundation, the Columbus region has become the fastest-growing city for startup activity and is the #1 metro for scaling startups. Matt Yerkes and Rick Hulse from Cultivate will talk about launching a technology venture here in Central Ohio by accessing resources from Rev1 Ventures. Rev1 was named the #1 Seed fund in the Great Lakes Region and provides a process of concept validation and seed funding for high growth startups in Central Ohio.

Matt and Rick will describe the process and resources available to our region through Rev1 based on their first hand experience at Concept Academy, engagement and funding. Attendees will learn how to best prepare for the Rev1 process and what to expect along the way.
Speakers: Matt Yerkes is the founder of Cultivate, providing coaching and workspace for startups. Matt launched his first SaaS business called Honeycomb Archive in 2001. Matt has started a range of successful endeavors with a passion of helping Cultivate business startups that include several web based SaaS products.

Rick Hulse is the CEO and President of Rampart Hosting, one of the top 25 web development firms in Central Ohio. Rick’s expertise is providing software and business development for startups and technology firms. Rick has been through the entire Rev1 process from Concept Academy through funding and is currently engaged with Rev1 on a bio-tech venture.



Cultivate – 3989 Broadway Rear Entrance, Grove City, OH 43123

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