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Top 14 Startups in Ohio in 2024

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There’s no doubt that the startup scene in Ohio is unique.

The city has created dozens of successful startups, over the years.

Some of them are already worth billions of dollars.

So whether you’re looking to start your own business, or just interested in learning about fast-growing startups from Ohio, here’s an extensive list of 14 startups founded there.


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1) Lower

Lower

Home refinancing, customer service, consumer finance, home acquisition, and financial services are all offered by Lower.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Chris Miller, Dan Snyder, Grayson Hanes, Mike Baynes, Robert Tyson
  • Industries: Finance, Financial Services, Lending
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $100,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1 (Accel)

You can find their website here.

2) Splash Financial

Splash Financial

Splash Financial is a financial education and student loan refinancing company that provides financial freedom to young people.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Steven Muszynski
  • Industries: Education, Financial Services, FinTech
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $60,900,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 7 (DST Global, Citi Ventures, Firebolt Ventures, Detroit Venture Partners, CMFG Ventures)

You can find their website here.

3) Olive

Olive

Olive has created a workforce of artificial intelligence for the health-care industry.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Bradley Mascho, Sean Lane
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Health Care, Information Technology, Machine Learning, Robotics, Software
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $456,322,171
  • Funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 16 (General Catalyst, Khosla Ventures, Tiger Global Management, GV, Oak HC/FT)

You can find their website here.

4) Branch Insurance

Branch Insurance

Branch Insurance is the only business that can combine home and auto insurance in a single transaction.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Joe Emison, Steve Lekas
  • Industries: Auto Insurance, Insurance, InsurTech, Property Insurance
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $82,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 13 (Foundation Capital, SignalFire, Anthemis Group, Greycroft, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund)

You can find their website here.

5) 7SIGNAL

7SIGNAL

7SIGNAL is a cloud-based platform for wireless and digital experience monitoring.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Marko Pirinen, Veli-Pekka Ketonen
  • Industries: Enterprise Software, Software, Wireless
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $32,288,500
  • Funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 7 (JumpStart, Allos Ventures, North Coast Ventures, Mutual Capital Partners, Technology Venture Partners US)

You can find their website here.

6) PopCom

PopCom

Touchless vending machines from Popcom track transactions and generate real-time sales and product reports.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Dawn Dickson
  • Industries: Retail, Software, Vending and Concessions
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding: $4,459,000
  • Funding rounds: 10
  • Number of investors: 7 (Techstars, Rev1 Ventures, Right Side Capital Management, CanopyBoulder, Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator)

You can find their website here.

7) MTD Holdings Inc.

MTD Holdings Inc.

MTD Holdings Inc. creates long-lasting, easy-to-use outdoor power equipment.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1932
  • Founders: Raanan Dahari
  • Industries: Energy, Manufacturing, Outdoors, Product Design, Residential
  • Number of employees: 5001-10000
  • Funding: $234,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1 (Stanley Black & Decker)

You can find their website here.

8) Bold Penguin

Bold Penguin

Bold Penguin is a commercial insurance exchange that connects clients, agents, and carriers to find the best rate in the shortest amount of time possible.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Ilya Bodner
  • Industries: Commercial, Insurance, InsurTech, Internet, Software
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $50,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 7 (American Family Ventures, MTech Capital, Hudson Structured Capital Management, Stone Point Capital, Guggenheim Partners)

You can find their website here.

9) Forge Biologics

Forge Biologics

Forge Biologics is a gene therapy development engine that aims to make life-changing gene medicines more accessible.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2020
  • Founders: Erandi De Silva, Jaysson Eicholtz, Timothy J Miller
  • Industries: Biotechnology, Medical, Therapeutics
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $160,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 6 (RA Capital Management, Perceptive Advisors, Drive Capital, Surveyor Capital, Marshall Wace)

You can find their website here.

10) VNDLY

VNDLY

VNDLY is a vendor management SaaS application that assists in the management of contingent workforce requirements.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Narayana Surabhi, Shashank Saxena
  • Industries: Cloud Management, Human Resources, Recruiting, SaaS, Software, Staffing Agency
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $58,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 10 (Battery Ventures, Insight Partners, Madrona Venture Group, ServiceNow, Hyde Park Venture Partners)

You can find their website here.

11) Beam Dental

Beam Dental

Beam Dental is a digital dental benefits provider that emphasizes preventative care and awards for good oral hygiene habits.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Alex Curry, Alex Frommeyer, Dan Dykes
  • Industries: Dental, Insurance, Loyalty Programs, mHealth
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $168,430,000
  • Funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 11 (Alumni Ventures Group, Drive Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Georgian, Mercato Partners)

You can find their website here.

12) Paycor

Paycor

Paycor is a company that helps organizations with online payroll processing, human resource management, and timekeeping software.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1990
  • Founders: Bob Coughlin
  • Industries: Employment, Human Resources, SaaS, Software
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding: $270,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 8 (Neuberger Berman Group, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Apax Partners, Franklin Templeton Investments, ClearBridge Investments)

You can find their website here.

13) ConnXus

ConnXus

ConnXus is a software development business that specializes in supplier management.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Rod Robinson
  • Industries: Information Technology, Procurement, Software, Supply Chain Management
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $11,325,000
  • Funding rounds: 9
  • Number of investors: 14 (Techstars, SeedInvest, CincyTech, Impact America Fund, Reign Ventures)

You can find their website here.

14) Root

Root

Employee engagement, change management, and innovative solutions are all services offered by Root, a management consulting firm.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1984
  • Founders: Jim Haudan
  • Industries: Consulting, Human Resources, Information Technology
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $250,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1 (Silver Lake)

You can find their website here.

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