Apply to pitch your startup at the TechCrunch Live Columbus event!

TechCrunch Live is taking a trip. On June 1 our crew is hosting three hours of panels, talks and pitches with founders, investors and startups from Columbus, Ohio. This extended event is designed to highlight the growing startup ecosystem emerging from America’s midwest.

Register for the virtual event here, and apply for the pitch-off here.

The pitch-off application deadline is May 24, 2022. Selected companies get four minutes to present their company (with a pitch deck), and they’ll answer six minutes of questions from venture capitalists from Rise of the Rest Seed Fund at Revolution and Initialized Capital.

To qualify you need to:

  • Be based in the greater Columbus, Ohio area
  • Have an MVP
  • Be pre-Series A

Agenda for TechCrunch Live in Columbus!

Columbus Unicorns with Olive and Drive Capital (3:00 pm EDT)
Olive is a homegrown Columbus unicorn; hear from the CEO and lead investor how the company was built and raised $856 million since its founding in 2012.

Raising startup capital  (3:30 pm EDT)

Ohio isn’t Silicon Valley, and yet there are numerous venture capital funds eager to write checks to early-stage founders. Join this session and hear from two investors on which industries are thriving in Columbus, and which sort of founders fit best in this scene.

Work for a startup in Columbus (4:00 pm EDT)

Columbus, like many major American cities, is home to industry giants with hundreds of workers toiling away in cubicles. But startups are hiring! Hear from two local leaders on who’s hiring, and what startups look for in new employees.

Pitch Competition (4:20 pm EDT)

Apply here!


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

Found Live with Claire Coder, CEO of Aunt Flow (5:00 pm EDT)

Aunt Flow is an innovative startup from Columbus, Ohio that supplies 23,000 bathrooms with essential feminine products. The company’s clients include Apple, Meta and more. Hear from the company’s CEO Claire Coder about the pains of raising capital in Ohio, and scaling her company to 40 employees during this special Found Live podcast recording.