Ohio 2021: Highlights


UNMET Ohio 2021

UNMET conferences meet the capital-raising needs of early-stage companies throughout the country, not just on the coasts.

This June, UNMET Ohio 2021 – co-hosted by JobsOhio and Stout Street Capital – will showcase more than 60 of the fastest-growing Seed and Series A startups in the Midwest and around the country. Presenting companies will have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to more than 200 institutional Venture Capital investors from around the world – and to network with peers.

The conference will be hosted on Thumbraise, a video-pitch platform that enables founders to create brief video pitches – similar to Instagram Stories – about their companies. Founders and investors can then meet one-on-one on a privately hosted network.

Dates: June 22 – July 19, 2021

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Schedule UNMET Ohio 2021

June 22 – July 19


04/21 | Company Application Open

06/07 | Company Application Deadline

06/08 (1st Wave) & 06/15 (2nd Wave) | Finalist Notified via Email

06/20 | Investor Registration Deadline

06/22 | Portal Opens and Conference Starts

07/19 | Conference Ends

*Last Updated: June 9th

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As President of BLASTmedia, Lindsey is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction, revenue and marketing of the only PR agency dedicated to B2B SaaS. With nearly 20 years in the tech-PR industry, Lindsey has managed PR campaigns for global brands and led account teams through how to tell compelling stories for their clients. 

Lindsey is a member of the Forbes Agency Council and is both a featured speaker and media contributor. In addition to her role at BLASTmedia, Lindsey is the host of the SaaS Half Full podcast and Principal at Statwax, a digital advertising agency.

Prior to joining BLASTmedia, Lindsey worked at Fleishman-Hillard Chicago in the consumer marketing practice group. At F-H, she was responsible for executing national PR campaigns for global brands like Nike, Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Abbott Labs.

Lindsey is a University of Georgia alum with a Journalism and Communications degree. She is married with three children and resides in Indianapolis, where you can find her on the weekends at the ballfields with her kids or watching Bulldog football in the fall.

Learn more about BLASTmedia: https://www.blastmedia.com/ 

Connect with Lindsey on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindseygroepper/ 

John Sotomayor, SotoIP Founding Patent Attorney, was formerly in-house Patent Counsel for high-tech startups, is a former Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and spent the first half of his career working as an Electrical Engineer in the energy, telecommunications, software, and intelligence sectors. He has deep experience in software methods, software driven products, electrical, electro-mechanical, medical and other devices.

Learn more about SOTO IP: https://sotoip.com/

Connect with John on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/josotomayor/

How It Works:

For Investors

UNMET Ohio 2021 will be held over a 4-week period starting from mid-June

As an investor,

1. Register to gain access to every UNMET VC conference in 2021.

2. Receive tickets and additional onboarding instructions prior to the start of event day.

3. On event start day, you will be given access to the Thumbraise platform. You can watch company pitches and connect with founders at your own pace over the 4-week period.

For Founders

UNMET Ohio 2021 will be held over a 4-week period starting from mid-June.

As a founder,

1. Submit a quick application (see below image for detail application process).

2. Selected companies will be notified by the UNMET team. Founders can continue to update company materials before event start day.

3. Pitch your business to investors and network with peers. Interested investors will reach out to connect via Thumbraise.

*Application is now closed

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