August 28, 2012

10x Summer Venture Showcase to be held Sept. 7 at CCAD

Dr. Jennifer Dyer, founder of EndoGoal
Dr. Jennifer Dyer, founder of EndoGoal, presents her business idea during the 10X Prototype Day.

The New Venture Showcase, the culmination of the 2012 10-xelerator (10x) summer session, will be held at the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), which is co-hosting the event with The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, and Ohio Third Frontier and Xelerator Fund I.

Established business owners, angel investors and venture capitalists from around the country will gather to hear pitches from teams of aspiring entrepreneurs vying for seed investment and follow-on-funding to launch new companies in Ohio.

Launched in April 2011, 10-xelerator (10x) is a new venture accelerator designed to attract and retain the best and brightest talent to Ohio. During the intensive three-month program, eight teams developed their concepts and built their innovative business models with extensive coaching from the top experts in the region.  10x is a public/private collaboration with the Ohio Third Frontier’s ONE Fund and the Center for Entrepreneurship.
WHAT: 2012 10x Summer Venture Showcase

WHEN: Team presentations: 1-4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7; networking reception will be held following the presentations.

WHERE: Columbus College of Art and Design, Canzani Center, 60 Cleveland Ave.

CCAD was a close partner in this year’s 10x summer session. The college’s MindMarket hosted 10x during the session providing office and classroom space for the teams.

CCAD MindMarket, a business incubator exclusively for CCAD students, joins 10x and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Fisher as the region’s newest resource for creating new business in Ohio. Coaches, mentors, legal professionals and financial specialists work with MindMarket incubator members to cultivate their models for a creative business into full-grown enterprises.

"Hosting 10X provides a great opportunity to introduce our students and faculty to the world of startups and the role of accelerators as Columbus College of Art & Design prepares to open its incubator for creative businesses this fall," said Cynthia Gravino, director of the CCAD MindMarket. "About 20 percent of our grads will start their own businesses - from art and design firms to animation and motion graphics companies to fine art studios."