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StartupTech Open Accelerator

New organizers. New ideas. Same goal: help you get a venture off the ground. Born from the ashes of the former IdeaNite group, StartupTech aims to be the area's first open technology startup accelerator.


We felt Columbus was due for a venue where entrepreneurs could escape sugar coated feedback and high fives and get real.


See if your concept has legs. Get honest feedback from entrepreneurs who have been in your shoes so you can decide if your idea just sounds cool or if you're really on to something.

Get stuff done. Get help mapping out next steps for your venture and have a group to hold you accountable.

Take the next step. Rally a community around what you're doing so you can get plugged into the right resources-- whether you need talent, mentors, funding, customers or some combination of the above.


Please fill out the brief questionnaire.

As part of our mission, we would like to invite an entrepreneurial leader from the community to speak for 15-20 minutes at every meeting. Interested speakers should reach out to Derek Edwards directly at derek -at-


Derek Edwards

Derek is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology, food, cars, music and outdoor activities. He is CEO/Co-founder of Acclaimd, a new venture that has built a SaaS platform to help companies transform the employee referral program into an efficient talent acquisition machine. Connect with Derek at:

Tina Burger

Tina is a serial entrepreneur most known for her role as co-founder/VP Marketing at LibLime-- a SaaS company specializing in library information technology. She is currently a freelance marketing and design professional at Kaniko Creative Group. In addition to being a jack-of-all-trades marketer, Tina is currently teaching herself Django.Connect with Tina at:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't attend tonight. Keep me posted with the next event.

    February 12, 2013

  • Ann

    But would love to join next time.

    February 4, 2013

    • Derek E.

      That's great Ann - looking forward to seeing you at a future date.

      February 11, 2013

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