TechColumbus, the region’s catalyst for technology-based economic development, and Central Ohio were honored this week with a top award from the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI), a national organization with broad membership and influence.
TechColumbus was named recipient of SSTI’s 2009 Excellence in TBED Awards for Building Entrepreneurial Capacity on Oct. 22 during its 13th Annual Conference in Overland Park, KS. The award celebrates the exceptional achievement of TechStart, TechColumbus’ entrepreneurial coaching and funding program, and Central Ohio in technology-based economic development (TBED).
“This recognition of the groundswell in Central Ohio around technology entrepreneurship reinforces the great outcomes occurring here and throughout Ohio,” said Ted Ford, TechColumbus’ president and CEO. “The Ohio Third Frontier program, from which our program is primarily funded, is creating jobs, new innovative companies and attracting venture capital from around the country.”
Awards were also issued to other initiatives around the country in five additional categories. The awards are the result of a yearly nationwide competition of initiatives that emphasize impact and strategic value as well as TBED transferability for others.
“TBED fosters a climate where new and existing companies that develop technology and continuously innovate will thrive,” said Dan Berglund SSTI president and CEO.
For more details, click here for the October TechColumbus newsletter published in Business First.