TechCrunch Live heads to Columbus, OH – on June 1st! – TechCrunch

On June 1, 2022, the TechCrunch Live crew is hosting an expanded TechCrunch Live episode featuring Columbus investors, founders and executives. There is even a pitch-off with startups from the Columbus region.

Register here for the virtual event for free!

Why Columbus? Because it’s quickly becoming a big startup scene in the Midwest, especially in the healthcare and insurance sectors. More than $3 billion has been pumped into the city over the past 20 years, according to Crunchbase data. Investments in the city’s startups started to increase around 2017 and peaked in 2021. At that point, investments essentially doubled, growing from $583 million in 2020 to just over $1 billion, with half of those dollars going to two companies: healthcare technology company Olive and autonomous robotics company Path Robotics. So far in 2022, $110 million has flowed into Columbus startups.

Now valued at over $4 billion, Olive is among other Columbus success stories such as CoverMyMeds, a healthcare software company acquired by McKesson Corp. in 2017. was acquired for $1.4 billion, marking Central Ohio’s first $1 billion exit. Root Insurance, which has raised over $800 million since 2015, went public in 2020. Other notable raises include Forge Biologics’ $120 million Series B round, believed to be Ohio’s largest Series B round to date. Forge plans to create 200 new jobs by 2023.

We hope you can attend this event! As with any TechCrunch Live event, it is free to attend and attend. And like every TechCrunch Live event, it starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT/11:30 a.m. PDT, and this one takes place on June 1, 2022.

TechCrunch Live in Columbus!

Columbus Unicorns with Olive and Drive Capital (3:00 p.m. EDT)
Olive is a native Columbus unicorn; Hear from the CEO and lead investor how the company was built and has raised over $850 million since its inception in 2012.

raise seed capital (3:30 p.m. EDT)

Ohio is not Silicon Valley, yet there are numerous venture capital funds eager to write checks to early-stage founders. Join this session and learn from two investors which industries are thriving in Columbus and what type of founders best fit this scene.

Work for a startup in Columbus (4:00 p.m. EDT)

Columbus, like many great American cities, is home to industrial giants with hundreds of workers toiling in cubicles. But startups are hiring! Hear from two local executives about who is hiring and what startups look for in new hires.

pitch competition (4:20 p.m. EDT)


  • Anna Mason, Managing Partner, Rise of the Rest Seed Fund at Revolution
  • Parul Singh, Partner, Initialized Capital

Found live with Claire Coder, CEO of Aunt Flow (5:00 p.m. EDT)

Aunt Flow is an innovative startup based in Columbus, Ohio, serving 23,000 bathrooms with women’s essentials. The company’s customers include Apple, Meta and more. Hear from the company’s CEO, Claire Coder, about the struggles of raising capital in Ohio and scaling her company to 40 employees during this special Found Live podcast recording.

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