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Upstart Will Hire, Train, and Develop Hundreds of Employees in Ohio

This expansion builds upon a string of investments by Upstart in Ohio by the California-based company

Mon Oct 04 2021

Company Name: Upstart
Location: Columbus
Industry Sector: Financial Services
Company Profile: Upstart is the first lending platform to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to price credit and automate borrowing. Upstart has demonstrated strong credit performance and has one of the industry’s highest consumer ratings.
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Project Summary:

Type of Project: Expansion


  • Jobs committed: 508
  • Jobs retained: 507
  • Types of jobs: Operations, engineering, and support roles.

Company Need:

Upstart’s rapid growth – driven by industry-leading credit performance, an improving marketing funnel, and growing interest from bank partners in existing and new offerings – has prompted a need for the company to hire, train, and develop hundreds of employees in a range of specialized functions.

The company needs the talent and space to keep up its immediate and future growth.

“We’ve been thrilled with Upstart’s ability to recruit exceptional technical and operational talent in Columbus, particularly when that talent comes with a Midwest-style work ethic. In just a couple years, Columbus has become Upstart’s HQ2 and our largest office.”
Dave Girouard
Co-Founder and CEO, Upstart

Why Ohio?

Upstart will expand in Columbus, Ohio. This expansion builds upon a string of investments by Upstart in the Columbus Region. In 2018, the company added 257 new jobs, followed by an additional 250 jobs and approximately 40,000 square feet of space to its facility in 2020. Since becoming a public company at the end of 2020, Upstart has accelerated its growth.

Upstart’s success in Ohio reflects the state’s global insurtech strength and the ability to attract investment from the West Coast continually. Ohio is a hub for insurtech innovation, which starts with the state’s leadership in insurance and financial services. Ohio ranks No. 4 in the U.S. in insurance headquarters and No. 3 for bank headquarters.

Companies from California are heading to Ohio to improve their competitive advantage and business operations. From 2016-2020, JobsOhio has brought in investment from more than 27 California-based companies to Ohio.

Why? Because in Ohio, every dollar goes further without sacrificing quality. Because Ohio has a lower cost of living, there’s also a lower cost of doing business than California. Ohio’s software engineers, for example, cost 40% less than California’s. Ohio’s cost of office rent is also 25% less than in cities like San Francisco and average wage costs are 50% less.

With this expansion, Upstart is on track to have more than 250,000 square feet of total office space in the city of Columbus.

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