With a revitalized riverfront and booming downtown, Columbus is already one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities.

The Buckeye State’s Capital

Columbus is poised to become the model for the future of innovative urban transportation, with self-driving shuttles carrying travelers along the Scioto Mile, which recently completed a massive revitalization, adding 33 acres of riverfront green space for festivals, water sports, and outdoor art.

The hip capital city is home to the Columbus Idea Foundry located in the historic Franklinton neighborhood. It’s crammed with 3-D printers, robot manufacturers, metal cutters, and a few steampunks.

VFA Columbus By The Numbers

37 Fellows

Since VFA's arrival in 2014

28 Company Partners

Have hired Fellows

4 Fellow-Founded Companies

Based in Columbus

Where Fellows Work

Multi-purpose tool tray that keep tools organized

Connects students with babysitting opportunities

Automates returns for e-commerce merchants

Freight management services for universities

How Fellows Describe Columbus' Startup Ecosystem

How Fellows Describe Columbus' Startup Ecosystem

Maria de Caris '18

“Columbus empowers technologists – there are a ton of powerful research institutions and sources of capital in the city. There is an attractive tax climate and affordable cost of living. The community is engaged and open to new ideas – there is a consistent flow of meetups, events like Startup Week and spaces like IdeaFoundry available to everyone to encourage consistent idea-share. Some of the bigger verticals in the Cbus startup ecosystem are healthcare technology, insurance, biotech, logistics and e-commerce technology. The city has many fortune 500 leaders in these spaces that also have innovation or venture arms. Because the City won the Smart Cities grant, Smart Columbus/IoT initiatives are also progressing within the startup ecosystem.”

What Fellows Love about Columbus

What Fellows Love about Columbus

Jacqueline Trager '18

“Every Sunday, a different fellow hosts Soup Sunday with a new recipe!”

Fellow Turned Founder Spotlight:

Fellow Turned Founder Spotlight:

Andrew Jones '14, Founder at Larvio

Andrew Jones, a 2014 Fellow, completed his Fellowship in Columbus and currently works at AZOTI, a company that provides services and software to enable all buyers to affordably and safely source trulylocal food.

Andrew recognized that our landfills are only getting bigger and the health of our seas are only getting worse, so he launched Larvio in January 2015. This company harnesses the power of insects to reinvent organic waste recycling (keeping material out of the landfill) and livestock feed production (reducing our reliance on fishmeal).


Read more about Larvio
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