The Starting Line

Calling all Columbus professionals!

Save the date for The Starting Line on October 28.

Last year we toured Columbus meeting with founders and leaders of companies like Root, Zoco Design, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, EmpowerBus and Lang Grant Brewing before throwing our End of the Year Bash at the Idea Foundry. We received a wide range of feedback on what worked well and how we can better serve our community. 

We are thrilled out announce that we’ll be throwing another End of the Year Bash at The STEAM Factory! This year’s theme will be The Future of Work.

Join us from 11 a.m. –  5 p.m. at The STEAM Factory at 400 W. Rich St. on October 28 to learn about The Future of Work from Columbus’ top entrepreneurs and businesses. The Starting Line provides Columbus professionals with access to the tools, education and network needed to make informed decisions about taking the first steps to starting their business.

We are wrapping up the agenda, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a follow-up announcement. This event will hit capacity, so make sure you reserve your spot today! We also invite you to stay for a networking happy hour from 5 – 6:30 p.m. immediately following the event.

Reserve your spot!


Recognizing that many professionals in Columbus have great ideas to contribute, we want to make sure that you have the resources, knowledge and confidence to get started. Through a collaboration with the Create Columbus Commission, The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Innovation Studio is partnering with some of Columbus’ top local businesses (RootZoCo DesignLand Grant Brewing CompanyWolf’s Ridge Brewing to name a few) that have been founded by a young professional to provide insight and resources to Columbus’ professionals.


The Starting Line brings prototyping tools, designers, programmers, lawyers, entrepreneurs and much more to local businesses that have been founded by young professionals and delivers mini entrepreneurship boot camps to help you take the first few steps to start your business. You’ll hear firsthand about what drove these founders to entrepreneurship and how they found success.

  • Need to talk to a lawyer? Check. 
  • Need to 3D print a prototype? Check.
  • How about advice from a programmer? Check.

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. 
The Future of Columbus Small Business
Henry Golatt, Derek Dehart, Tom Evelandt, Haleema Shafeek

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Creating an Infrastructure for the Future of Work
Lars Johansson, Gran Schneider, Kris Howell

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. 

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
The Future Role of Advanced Degrees
Roman Holowinsky, Katie Sasso, Kevin Croxall, Rob Littleton

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Being a Creative in the Future
Anna Hetzel, Marshall Shorts, Partick Torress, Julie Martin, Danielle Evans

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Story Telling: Past, Present and Future
Haley Boehning

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Funding Your Future
Jill Raderstorf, Britney Hamburg, Michael Kindrat-Pratt

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Legal Considerations to Ensure You Thrive in the Future
Kate Ball

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Building Your Own Future
Jay Clouse

5:00 – 6:30  
The One and Only Starting Line Networking Happy Hour at Land Grant Brewing Company

*speaker times and topics may change



If you found this page, The Starting Line was built for you. We are looking for entrepreneurs (aspiring or actual) who need a little help to get started or push past a plateau. The Starting Line is a great place to plug into Columbus’ thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and can help bring your business to life. Check back often for updates to the schedule and event details. 



The Starting Line is powered by The Innovation Studio at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, a moveable maker space that fosters interprofessional innovation across campus. Why nursing you may ask? As the largest healthcare profession, nurses consistently innovate at the bedside to improve patient outcomes. Thanks to the generosity of Gary and Connie Sharpe, and the Create Columbus Commission, we’re able to leverage the Innovation Studio and its team to bring the Starting Line to our community.

How to get involved

Want to get involved as a starting line mentor? Contact our chief innovation officer, Tim Raderstorf, at for details.

What’s the catch?

Sorry, not going to find anything here. You live in a community unlike any other. Our only ask is for you to participate, be respectful and create something great in Columbus. Now get to it!


The Starting Line is Proudly Powered by The Innovation Studio

Visit the Innovation Studio webpage for details.

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