IT’s Happening in Ohio!

From startups to established leaders, companies involved in revolutionary technologies are investing in Ohio.

Technology is changing every industry, and in Ohio, companies pursuing tech are thriving. A strong digital infrastructure made up of fast broadband and connected resources enables knowledge sharing, partnerships and innovation. Additionally, Ohio’s cybersecurity initiatives, including workforce development programs, are some of the best in the country.

In Ohio, you can:

  • Hire educated and skilled talent from Ohio’s colleges, universities and other higher education programs, which produce a pipeline of plentiful, well-trained employees.
  • Collaborate with a large tech community of accelerators, government entities, academia, corporations and startups, all pursuing digital innovation.
  • Operate at a fraction of the cost compared to coastal locations, as Ohio’s lower cost of living and housing mean an overall lower cost of doing business.
  • Take advantage of the only state to have two cities, Columbus and Cincinnati, named in Forbes’ Top 10 Rising Cities for Startups, made possible by incubators, major venture capital and angel funds, and mentorships from Fortune 500 and 1000 companies.

Whether innovating in robotics, IoT, fiber optics, artificial intelligence, data centers, smart mobility, cybersecurity or other technology, companies have the business resources to succeed in Ohio.

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Steven Hong had achieved success as a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley after getting his Ph.D. at Stanford. However, when he and his father, Lang Hong, (associate dean and professor of electrical engineering at Wright State University), had an inkling of an idea, he was drawn back to the Midwest. That was the start of Oculii.

Customer Accessibility Encourages E-Commerce Company Loop to Expand HQ in Ohio

Ohio-grown Loop plans to almost triple its workforce and continue to take advantage of customer connectivity through geographical proximity and direct flights
March 2, 2020

Loop, an e-commerce company with the most advanced returns and exchanges app on Shopify, announced plans to grow its headquarters in Ohio. A new round of funding gave Loop the fuel to grow its headquarters and significantly increase its workforce. From Ohio, Loop is geographically close to customers while frequent flights keep the company connected to other major cities across the U.S. The company is reinvesting in central Ohio to continue benefitting from Ohio’s advantages.

Surgere, Inc., a Leading Supply Chain Technology Company, Expands in Ohio

Company drawn to Ohio’s workforce, colleges, universities and quality of life
January 16, 2020

Surgere, Inc. — developers of asset visibility, control and analytics software utilizing AI technology — experienced hyper-growth over the past two years. The company plans to expand its operations in Green, Ohio, which has an excellent workforce and education presence, as well as a community that will benefit its employees.

Rapidly Growing Startup ScriptDrop Expands and Pledges 80 Jobs in Ohio

Quality talent, space to grow and strategic partnerships are valuable to the company
December 9, 2019

Since its founding in Ohio in 2017, ScriptDrop transitioned from a concept, to a startup company, to now leasing 10,000 square feet of independent space in Columbus. The company needs to prepare for its continuous growth and the CEO is dedicated to keeping that growth in Ohio.

auticon, an IT and Compliance Consulting Business, Creates 50 New Jobs for Ohioans on the Autism Spectrum

Collaborative tech community leads to company’s new regional headquarters
November 13, 2019

auticon employs adults on the autism spectrum as IT consultants. Founded in Berlin, Germany, in 2011, auticon is the first enterprise to scale its employee model worldwide. The company sought a new regional headquarters and found that Ohio has a large presence of businesses in need of its services.

Booz Allen Hamilton Expansion Establishes Digital Hub in Dayton Region

At least 60 high-tech jobs will be created during expansion.
April 2, 2019

Booz Allen Hamilton’s rising demand for its services drove the company to scale up its operations. It chose to grow in Beavercreek with a nearly 10,000 square-foot expansion that will include a new digital hub and secure space, and the company has committed 60 high-tech jobs.

Nexient Will Create 200 Jobs at Its New Location in Central Ohio

The Silicon Valley-based company cites talent, affordability and opportunity as draw.
March 25, 2019

Nexient is the nation’s leading provider of 100 percent, U.S.-based Agile software development services. The demand for its services has brought about major growth for the company and the need for a larger delivery center. In its search for a new location, Nexient decided that an investment in the Midwest, and in Central Ohio in particular, would have great benefits.

Venture Capital Firms Invested in Ohio at Record Levels in 2018

Venture Capital Firms Invested in Ohio at Record Levels in 2018

Ohio leads the Midwest in attracting growth capital
Matt Waldo, senior manager of research and analysis
March 11, 2019

Since the early 2000s, a significant shift has occurred in pulling VC funding away from the West Coast. Where is the funding going? It’s heading to the Midwest, and Ohio is leading the way. Ohio is earning national attention for its thriving and continuously growing startup environment.

Ohio’s Innovation Spaces Power Next-Gen Technology Solutions

Ohio’s Innovation Spaces Power Next-Gen Technology Solutions

Businesses and academic institutions embrace new ecosystems of advancement
Ted Griffith, managing director of technology, JobsOhio
January 2, 2019

In Ohio, our workforce, businesses, academic institutions, and medical and health systems are on the cutting edge of a digital shift. Creating unique labs and innovation hubs allows them to be nimble and agile to develop solutions that meet the need for business profitability and create delightful customer experiences.

Opportunity in Ohio: Cybersecurity

Ohio is differentiated from other U.S. states in having three institutions of higher education housing National Security Agency (NSA) Centers of Academic Excellence (CAEs). CAEs for Cyber Defense programs are focused on reducing vulnerability in U.S. national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise.

Ohio Supercomputer Center and OARnet

Ohio’s technology infrastructure includes advantageous resources such as the Ohio Supercomputer Center and the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet). The Ohio Supercomputer Center is a publicly owned supercomputer that provides integrated hardware, software and consulting. OARnet connects academia, research and business at a faster speed, with higher security at lower cost, enabling resource sharing across the state. Click the brochure below to learn more about the benefits of these resources.