Events | Innovate New Albany | New Albany, Ohio


  • Visiting Entrepreneur: Tanisha Robinson

    After serving as an Arabic Linguist in the U.S. Army, Tanisha Robinson studied Arabic
    and Political Theory at The Ohio State University. Upon receiving a fellowship, she
    moved to Damascus, Syria, and worked in women’s and human rights throughout the
    Middle East for almost two years.

    Upon her return to Columbus, she built and sold an affiliate marketing portfolio, and
    went on to become the founder of, a daily deal site focused on locally
    owned, independent restaurants that was later purchased by 614 Media Group.

    Robinson is currently the co-founder of Print Syndicate, a design/technology/marketing
    company with an ecommerce platform devoted to providing well-designed, socially
    relevant, high quality products to consumers, on-demand.

    Robinson will talk at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the Canzani Center at Columbus College of Art & Design (60 Cleveland Ave.). The event is free and open to the public. It is part of a special program within the Beeler Gallery Visiting Artists & Scholars Series called Creative Economy in the Capital City: A Design & Branding Series. The program will highlight Columbus’ rich history of design, branding, and innovation and will be on most Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in March and April.

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    Learn more and register here.

  • Product Design: Bridging the gap between concept and product

    Nate Ames is the Engineering Manager and Associate Director at the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence at The Ohio State University. He is an instructor within the university’s Industrial Design program and has over 20 years of experience in product design and manufacturing. His presentation will identify the qualifying principles of sound product development that will transport your product through design, prototyping, testing, and commercialization. Bring your ideas, questions and intrigue to this free presentation by an expert trained as an engineer and perfected in the manufacturing industry on local, national and global platforms.

    This free event is made possible by the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

    This event is targeted towards Ohio-based, small and medium-sized companies engaged in manufacturing.

    Register here

  • Lumos Accelerator Spring 2017: Applications due April 3

    Applications due Monday, April 3! Apply now.

    Lumos Accelerator is the nexus of technology, entrepreneurship, and corporate innovation.

    About this Program

    May 22 – Aug 7 | Columbus, OH, US

    Turn your startup into the next disruptive company.

    The Lumos Accelerator is a 10 week intensive program focused on hitting traction milestones to reach the next level.

    Benefits include:

    • Cash up to $20k
    • Access to 100+ mentors
    • Access to the Lumos Innovation Space for 1 year
    • $200k+ in-kind services
    • Paired with a local design firm for a new brand and UX
    • Get development, marketing and legal services

    Funding Information

    • Funds up to $20k per team
    • Accepts 15 companies


    Financial Services, Fintech, Internet / Web Services, IT Services, Retailing / Distribution, Software

    Applications due Monday, April 3! Apply now.

  • Energize your Team and Light Up the Business Scoreboard

    Part of our TIGER Workshops Series:

    Why do sports teams exhibit so much passion, energy and dedication to their team? What if our business team could exhibit these similar traits?

    In this workshop, we will explore how to energize your team using the Scoreboard tool approach and discuss the five criteria needed for successful implementation. We will spend time understanding how to keep the score and understand the key levers that all businesses utilize to impact the Scoreboard.

    We will accomplish this by using an interactive tool to examine the impact of the P&L with the balance sheet. Finally, we will review how each organization defines key success criteria for their Scoreboard. We will bring all this together via a real life story of an expat going to China to lead a struggling business.

    Gary Landsettle retired from Ashland Inc after 36 years of service in 2015. After spending his first 10 years in R&D, Gary transitioned to the commercial side of the business holding various managerial position in the manufacturing and distribution businesses of Ashland. Gary received numerous training & development opportunities with Ashland including Dale Carnegie: Effective Speech & Human Relations, ACC Simply the Best Managerial Development, Northwestern Kellogg School: Finance for Mgrs, Prosci change management and Profit Specialist. In 2013, as the APM North American Commercial Vice President, Gary accepted the assignment as the APM Asia Pacific Vice President located in Shanghai China.

    After retiring in 2015, Gary volunteers at WARM in Westerville and is an Adjunct Prof at Otterbein University MBA program teaching Product Development and Innovation.


    9:30a – Registration & Networking
    10:00a – Workshop Begins
    12:00p – Workshop Concludes & Networking Resumes

    Free! (Coffee included)

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  • Expert Office Hours

    A NEW Innovate New Albany program:

    Need business advice? Meet the experts.

    When it comes to bootstrapping your startup, we know there are always more questions than answers. Innovate New Albany is home to 30 small businesses with entrepreneurs and leaders who share their business expertise at no cost during our monthly Expert Office Hours.

    Am I missing any necessary legal documents?
    How can I make a (quality) company website on a budget?
    What is the best way to spend my money to ensure success?

    The experts will answer your questions about finance, law, design, web development, marketing, business, and more!

    Schedule your 30-minute session with an expert below:

    Lindsay Stencel | Lindsay Karas Stencel Law LLC

    Lindsay Karas Stencel Law LLC is a small business-focused legal group, working with entrepreneurs, start-ups, existing firms, investors and business sellers and acquirers to properly and efficiently document transactions, contracts and other legal agreements that may be need from time-to-time.

    Lindsay Stencel has vast legal experience in the small business space, particularly with start-ups and foundational business agreements. Ms. Stencel has served as the Chief Legal Counsel of NCT Ventures for the past 10 years, and is also a partner there. At her firm, has a true passion for assisting entrepreneurs, small businesses and investors in efficiently documenting business agreements, contracts, partnerships, investments and exit transactions. Ms. Stencel has a dual JD/MBA from The Ohio State University and is licensed in Ohio, Michigan and New York.

    Schedule 30 minutes with Lindsay here.

    Jurgita Fumo | Eventspot LLC

    Eventspot helps plan and execute corporate events, fundraisers, business networking meetings, and social occasions. The knowledge and experience we bring to our relationship will help you save time, money and most importantly, stress. 

    Jurgita Fumo has always had a passion for planning, helping others, recognizing their needs and an eye for detail.  Throughout her career she has always has the desire to own her own business and work for herself.  With her education, training, travels, certifications and business acumen, it only made sense to unite all those skills into the premier event planning business she had always dreamed of – Eventspot.

    Schedule 30 minutes with Jurgita here.


    Thomas Chang | PointUp Creative

    PointUp Creative is a fully integrated brand innovation firm. We are an experienced team of artistic designers, creative developers and innovative strategists working with companies to turn ideas into successful businesses. We create custom brand experiences to engage your customers to grow your business.

    Thomas Chang is a branding and digital strategists with over 10 years experience. He has helped large international companies with expanding market share, and created and launched new products for successful startups.

    Schedule 30 minutes with Thomas here.


    Jeff Cochran | HR Perspectives & Recruiting

    HR Perspectives and Recruiting partners with companies providing human resources consulting and direct hire needs. We are on a mission to provide excellent HR services to help create a winning workplace for that company and it’s employees.

    Jeffrey Cochran comes with 15 years of diverse human resources experience. He has a degree in accounting and combines that with HR experience and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification to give a business perspective keeping people and the bottom line in mind. His HR knowledge spans across workforce and strategic planning, employee relations/engagement, discipline, benefits, compliance, compensation structure, recruiting and onboarding, and other aspects. His background ranging from retail to private jet catering, medical to engineering, and other business lines allow him to give multiple perspectives on business needs, strategies, and goals.

    Schedule 30 minutes with Jeff here.

    Dan Toaz | PNC Bank

    PNC is a holistic bank that believes in helping businesses, non-profits, and other organizations achieve their financials goals. We specialize in understanding our customer’s needs, and tailoring our conversation and solutions to fit their them.

    Dan Toaz started his career with PNC Bank in the ACCEL program. During the program he was able to globally learn the different functions of retail banking including business banking. In his five years with PNC, Dan has been a branch manager for the Thurber Village and Henderson Rd offices. He most recently moved from the Worthington area to the Gahanna and New Albany area as a Business Banker. As a Business Banker, he works alongside business owners and non- profit organizations to help accelerate their collection of receivables, implement efficient payment solutions, and leverage credit to finance and grow their business. Dan graduated from The Ohio State University where he earned a dual degree BA in mandarin Chinese and BS in Marketing.

    Schedule 30 minutes with Dan here.

    *Please note that if you register and don’t attend, that time slot doesn’t get filled, keeping other entrepreneurs from getting expert advice. If you have registered and need to cancel, please email Neil Collins at

  • What Do Customers Want?

    Part of our TIGER Talk Series:

    Customers drive your company to success, so it’s critical to understand what your target audience really wants in your product or service. Matt Veryser from Rev1 will speak about how to perform objective customer interviews to find out what customers really want.

    Attendees will learn how to confirm their audiences, create and script an unbiased interview, and interpret results.

    Matt Veryser is the Director of Investment Funds & Venture Acceleration at Rev1 Ventures. He works with the earliest stage startups to help them validate (or disprove) market assumptions. Matt started his first software company in 2009 as an undergrad at the University of Dayton. This company raised venture funding and graduated from The Brandery, a top 10 accelerator. Matt helps clients save time and money by getting the right solutions in front of the right customer.


    11:30a – Registration & Networking
    12:00p – Speaker
    1:00p – Group Meeting Concludes & Networking Resumes

    Free! (Lunch included)

    Learn more & register >>


  • Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship (APTE) Summit

    Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship gathers social entrepreneurs from around the world to share insight on tackling poverty and injustice through innovative means, giving students and others the opportunity to learn, network, and collaborate.

    Learn more and register here

  • TEDxNewAlbany 2017

    TEDxNewAlbany 2017: Through the Looking Glass

    Join the community for a day of idea-sharing and networking at New Albany’s own independently organized and licensed TED event, where 10 speakers will wow the crowd in 5-18 minutes. At TEDxNewAlbany, norms will be challenged, minds will be opened, and attendees will leave inspired.

    We prefer that those who purchase tickets stay for the entirety of the event. 4 hours is a standard length for a TED event, and given the short nature of talks, you are bound to be on the edge of your seat! You will not want to miss the ideas that will be shared at this event, nor the opportunites to meet new people and socialize!

    Cost of ticket includes:

    Admission to the event, about 10 speakers, a few lively performances, lunch, refreshments, giveaways, and more.

    Learn more and buy tickets here

  • 2017 Rev1 Innovation Hop

    Save the Date for our 3rd annual Innovation Hop!

    The buzz about Columbus’ startup scene continues to grow! Now is your chance to get to know the entrepreneurs behind the big ideas that have helped put the region on the map as the nexus of the great Midwestern startup surge.

    Please join us as we celebrate a community that is dedicated to accelerating Columbus businesses. We hope to see you there!

    Register Here

  • Startup Grind Columbus Hosts Jim McGrann (VSP GLOBAL)

    Jim McGrann is focused on members first and creating a unified strategy for the five lines of business of the company. That focus includes refining VSP’s omni-channel strategy, continuing to develop innovative eye care practices and eyewear technologies, & adapting to changes in the optical and healthcare industries.

    A catalyst for change within VSP, he has led key company initiatives, expanding insurance offerings to new international markets, and increasing revenue. During his more than three years as president of VSP Vision Care, the nation’s largest vision insurance provider, McGrann oversaw the growth of membership from 56 million to 75 million. He focused on leveraging technology to support business operations, including: web-based sales force automation, SAP implementation, development of a centralized European Distribution Center and implementing IT governance and program management best practices. Before serving as president, he was Chief Technology Officer for VSP Global and CEO of Eyefinity.

    As VSP’s new leader, McGrann will usher the company into a new era, reimagining how eye care and eyewear are delivered to serve the needs of people around the world.

    Learn more and buy tickets here. 

  • Lunch and Launch – Kick-Start Your Startup's Digital Marketing

    No matter the stage of your startup, you need customers. Which means you need marketing. And today, it means you need DIGITAL marketing. With this comes lots of questions: Where do you start? What type of digital channels will resonate with your audience? How much will this cost? Should you hire an agency or a consultant? How can you measure ROI?

    Join Gracey Cantalupo in this session and find out how to answer these questions, take away some tips that you can put into action and kick start your startup’s digital marketing in 2017.

    Lunch will be provided by Freshbox if you choose to go with a lunch option or you can brown-bag it to the workshop as well.

    Learn more and register here

  • SEO for Business Owners: Essential Steps to Increase Website Traffic with Search Engines

    Part of our TIGER Workshops Series:

    Everyone wants to rank number one in the Google search results for terms related to their business – and for good reason!

    With over 3.5 billion searches per day, search engines are the number one source for answers. Whether you are a plumber, dentist, tax consultant, insurance agent, or a non-profit leader, your business could be the answer to important questions being asked by people who are your potential customers, patients, clients, or donors.

    So exactly how does one get ranked by the search engines? You can read the top blogs for days – sifting through advice that will leave your head spinning over 500+ techniques that you supposedly MUST incorporate into your website. In fact, all 500 factors may improve your rank, but most business websites fail to meet even the most important 20 (the factors that matter the most).

    Alex will break down the two major SEO factor categories into bite-sizes pieces:
    1. On-Page Optimization
    2. Off-Page Optimization

    Come and learn about the essential techniques most effective at boosting your website rank: actionable steps that WILL help make your business website much more visible.

    Alex Furfaro SEO Consulting is a Columbus SEO Agency that focuses on driving traffic to websites through the Search Engines. After having success selling on eBay, Amazon, and affiliate products, Alex joined a mentorship program to focus on helping other businesses grow. That is where he discovered the true power of search engines and how vital rankings are to the success many small businesses.


    9:30a – Registration & Networking
    10:00a – Workshop Begins
    12:00p – Workshop Concludes & Networking Resumes

    Free! (Coffee included)

    Register now >>

  • Startup Storytellers


    As entrepreneurs, we realized  that the most interesting and inspiring stories behind our own  journeys were never being told at entrepreneurial events.

    Rather than pitching our latest business or talking on a panel  about our latest milestone in the business, we dreamed of a forum to learn from other  entrepreneurs that their experience was similar to ours.

    The kind of stories that would come up organically around a camp fire if you knew what questions to ask.

    Startup Storytellers  is an event. It is an experience, a gathering, and a  memorable,  meaningful and transformative evening.

    It is fun, but fun in the sense of a celebration;  a collective exhale of the work accomplished over the previous year.

    The event has sold out every year with a crowd that is generally:

    • 60% entrepreneurs
    • 20% will be entrepreneurs and
    • 20% support or work for entrepreneurs

    Learn more and buy tickets

  • More than Fun & Games: Using Drones to Solve Business Problems, Save Money, & Make Money

    Part of our TIGER Talks Series:

    We will review three actual drone missions from start to finish, including the business need for each client, the equipment and post-production methods used, and how the resulting data and images helped lead each business to success.

    After the talk, participants will be invited to fly a drone. Join us to gain experience flying these amazing machines.

    Dave Agler is a FAA Certified Remote Pilot and founder of Double I Media. He is also spearheading the Unmanned Aircraft Systems professional services and application program at Autonomy Hub, while serving as part of its business development team.


    11:30a – Networking
    12:00p – Speaker
    1:00p – Group Meeting Concludes & Networking Resumes

    Cost:  Free! (Light lunch included)

    Register here >>

  • Get Your Business Ready for the Bank!

    Part of our TIGER Workshops Series:

    2SJ Consulting will provide the attendees with a plan on what banks look for in providing credit to companies. Based on our blogs, “The 5Cs of Credit”, we explore how these principles will help explain how banks evaluate lending opportunities. As part of the workshop we will work with the attendees on how to prepare a narrative on the business and financial projections. Finally, we will address when is the right time to seek financing.

    2SJ Consulting is a boutique consultancy specializing in small and medium sized businesses. With extensive experience in business planning, banking relationships, finance strategy, and cash flow management, we are your partner.

    Our professional team has worked with businesses in a variety of fields, and our experiences have given us the insight into what your providers are requesting of you.

    2SJ Consulting:

    Sue Bottiggi – Sue spent 35 years in wholesale banking, spanning both middle market, national accounts, and wealth management. She has extensive experience in financial analysis for individuals, corporations, and real estate.

    Judi Levine, J.D. – Judi has counseled a diverse array of business clients for over 40 years. These clients include small, privately held companies to mid-size and international public companies. She has guided these clients from start-ups through the sale of their companies.

    Sue Wenk – Sue has extensive experience in financial reporting, credit analysis, and turnaround strategies. She has had a varied career in banking including operations, credit, and lending, including asset-based lending.


    9:30a – Registration & Networking
    10:00a – Workshop Begins
    11:30a – Workshop Concludes & Networking Resumes

    Free! (Coffee included)

    Register here >>

  • New Albany Community Foundation's Jefferson Series Presents David H. Petraeus

    The Jefferson Series presented by The New Albany Community Foundation welcomes General David H. Petraeus
    U.S. Army, Retired and former director of the CIA Interviewed by Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, USA (Ret.),
    Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at The Ohio State University

    General Petraeus served in Cold War Europe, the United States, Central America, Haiti, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. In the decade that followed the 9/11 attacks, he was deployed for some six-and-a half years, culminating his career with six straight commands, five of which were in combat.

    General Petraeus is most widely known for his roles in the subsequent several years. On returning to the United States following his second tour in Iraq, he oversaw significant improvements in the U.S. Army’s preparation of leaders and units for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, including guiding the development of the Army/Marine Corps field manual on counterinsurgency. He then returned to Iraq to command the Surge and guide the implementation of the counterinsurgency manual’s concepts. During his 19-1/2-months at the helm of the Multi-National Force-Iraq, violence was reduced by some 90%, Iraqi forces were reformed and expanded, and transition of tasks to Iraqi forces was advanced considerably.

    Following retirement from the military, General Petraeus served as the director of the CIA, leading the agency during a period that saw significant achievements in the global counter-terrorism effort, initiation of a comprehensive strategic plan to guide the agency, conduct of an effort to increase worldwide human intelligence coverage, establishment of the agency’s Economic Security Center, and commencement of a number of initiatives to increase the agency’s investments in its human capital. He has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO and United Nations awards and decorations. He also has been decorated by 13 foreign countries.


    • Adults: $35 & $25
    • Military, Seniors, Educators & Students: $10

    Purchase tickets here.

  • Skills of Happiness Workshop

    Skills of Happiness Workshop – How to Flourish
    The New Albany Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer the Skills of Happiness Workshop April 27, 2017, 8:30am – 12:00pm, at Creekside Conference and Event Center, 101 Mill Street, Suite 300, Gahanna, OH 43230.

    What does it mean to flourish? Are you getting the most out of your life? Are you using your strengths and living your purpose? Joy Works, LLC is dedicated to enabling individuals to flourish – to live joyful, meaningful and accomplished lives – through bringing the emerging science of positive psychology to their clients.  Join Laura Clark and Doug Smith to understand what it means to flourish, why doing so has such an incredibly positive impact on every aspect of our lives and to learn a set of skills that lead to peace with the past, confidence in the future and joy in the present – skills that enable one to flourish.

    Pre-work: Attendees need to complete the free VIA Strengths Assessment online (approximately 30 minutes). We will provide you with your results at the start of the workshop.

    Laura Cooke, CEO, Joy Works, LLC
    Laura’s life mission is to create generational change through teaching the skills that lead to joyful meaningful living. Through her many positions in business leadership both in the corporate world and in education, her true passion has always been about helping people. She has been trained at the Institute for Positive Education in Australia and through the Flourishing Institute and holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan. In previous roles, she has served as Assistant Head of The Wellington School, Business Director at Metatec Corporation leading a $25M business unit and an entrepreneur of a multi-media publishing company. Laura is a wife and mother of four children.

    Doug Smith, Chairman, Joy Works, LLC
    Doug is a wellspring of knowledge concerning the application of positive psychology to businesses and organization success. He expands our clients definition of success to include the concept of well-being; specifically one’s capacity for wisdom, spirituality, generosity and joy. Doug has served as CEO of three separate food companies (Kraft Canada, Borden Foods and Best Brands Corporation). He is an adjunct professor at DePauw University where he teaches a course on the science and skills of happiness. He is the author of Happiness: The Art of Living with Peace, Confidence & Joy and has a BA and honorary doctorate from DePauw University and an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Doug is a husband and father of two sons.

    Register Here

  • Close Deals Faster with Salesforce CRM

    Part of our TIGER Workshops series:

    Have you always wanted to try Salesforce (or another CRM), but were intimidated by the learning curve?

    In this hands-on workshop we are going to help you learn how to set up, customize, and take your Salesforce on the road with you. This workshop, scheduled for 1 hour and 45 minutes, is all about getting started in Salesforce – fast!

    You will learn how to set up Leads, Accounts, Contacts, and Opportunities – and even how to customize them to fit your business. You will also learn how to access your CRM data from the free Salesforce1 Mobile App.

    Mike Leibrand is an entrepreneur from the Columbus area. Earlier in his career, Michael set up and successfully exited two technologically sophisticated apparel companies in Hilliard – Ares Sportswear and Dyenomite Apparel. (Exits were in early 2016.)

    In the summer of 2016 Mike started his latest venture, Summit Technologies, a Salesforce Consulting Partner. In the latter half of 2016 Mike obtained four Salesforce certifications, and at the beginning of 2017 moved into new offices in the Brewery District along with his new consulting team which includes a Delivery Manager, Account Manager and Salesforce Developer.

    To gain the most from this workshop, each attendee should bring his/her own laptop and smartphone. Before the workshop, please register for a free Salesforce Developer account – it’s not just for developers! It intentionally has limitations that make it impractical for companies to use for their operations (because it is free!), but it is a great sandbox to learn Salesforce. “You can’t break it,” so we can hack away during our session with no concerns!

    Register for your Salesforce Developer account here.

    Additionally, in advance please download the Salesforce1 mobile app to your smartphone – from the Apple App Store or the Android Store.


    9:30a – Registration & Networking
    10:00a – Workshop Begins
    11:45p – Workshop Concludes & Networking Resumes

    Cost: Free (Coffee included!)

    Register now »»

  • WordPress 101: Start Building Your Own Website Now

    Part of our TIGER Workshops series:

    WordPress powers 25% of all websites on the internet. Maybe you’ve been using other online website builders and looking to take the next step, or maybe you’ve never created a website at all.

    If you’ve ever considered WordPress but thought it was too intimidating, Darin Young will show you how to get started. Darin will go over installation, navigating the interface, installing essential plugins, and creating your first page.

    This workshop will be geared toward the WordPress beginner, so don’t be afraid if you have no WordPress experience at all.

    Darin Young is the owner of Mixt Media, a marketing technology agency. He helps entrepreneurs and small businesses elevate their presence online through custom Wordpress sites, setup and integration of online marketing tools such as email lists, analytics, and CRMs, along with videos and podcast production to further enhance their online brand. He also produces the Creative Pursuit podcast, encouraging others to pursue their own creative passion.

    Darin has a background in radio, video production, and web design. He has worked with a number of local startup companies and organizations, including Rev1 Ventures, Innovate New Albany, Columbus Startup Weekend, Startup Grind, Clarivoy, and Ardina. He is originally from Hawaii and has also lived in Tokyo, San Francisco, and now Columbus.


    9:30a – Registration & Networking
    10:00a – Workshop Begins
    12:00p – Workshop Concludes & Networking Resumes

    Free! (Coffee included)

    Register now >>


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