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Raising Capital in Ohio, with Rev 1, Ohio State University, Jumpstart and North Coast Ventures

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Todd Federman
Managing Director, North Coast Ventures

Todd Federman is the Managing Director of North Coast Ventures.  North Coast has over 250 individual angel investors that pool their capital to invest in high-potential, B2B,SaaS startups.  North Coast includes six funds and has closed $60M+ of capital in 50+ early-stage companies since 2007. 

Prior to joining North Coast, Todd served as a technology strategy consultant for DiamondCluster and AOL, and launched a consumer packaged goods company, One With Nature.  Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Kent State University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Cheryl Turnbull
Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, Senior Director

Cheryl Turnbull is the Senior Director of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University.  In this role, Cheryl is responsible for the creation and support of startup companies formed to commercialize technologies invented at Ohio State, with a current portfolio of more than 100 companies.  Additionally, the Center provides capital, talent, venture development and programming resources for startups formed by Ohio State students and alumni.  Cheryl has oversight for the university’s $100 million investments in certain economic development funds.   Prior to joining Ohio State, Cheryl worked in the areas of private equity, mezzanine, and venture capital, with such entities as Talisman Capital Partners, Phronesis Partners, and Banc One Capital.  Cheryl was also the founding partner of the corporate finance advisory firm, Capital Transactions.  Cheryl has served on the boards of directors of numerous public and private entities and currently serves on the board of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF).  Cheryl graduated with distinction from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and received her B.S. from Miami University.

Hardik Desai
Jumpstart, Senior Partner, Investing

Hardik connects early-stage technology companies with entrepreneurial resources in Northeast Ohio and performs due diligence on companies seeking capital from funds managed by JumpStart.

Hardik has more than 10 years of experience working at large corporations and startup companies, where he held diverse technical and business roles. Prior to joining JumpStart, Hardik co-founded IR Diagnostyx in Columbus, Ohio. At IR Diagnostyx, Hardik managed operations and product development efforts for company’s diagnostic test platform and helped the company raise initial seed capital from local investor groups. Before working at IR Diagnostyx, Hardik was Business Analyst for Tech Columbus, a tech business accelerator; he also worked extensively in India and the U.K. as an engineer and software associate in the telecom field.

Hardik received his Bachelor of Electronics Engineering degree from Gujarat University in India, and an MBA from The Ohio State University.


Ryan Helon
Rev 1, Executive Vice President

As EVP of Investment Funds for Rev1 Ventures, Ryan Helon manages Rev1’s proof of concept, seed, and early-stage investment funds. He has served as part of CEO Tom Walker’s leadership team at Rev1 Ventures since 2012.  As a leader on the Rev1 Ventures Advisory team, Helon works closely with Rev1 portfolio companies and serves as a board member and venture advisor for many of them to ensure they remain on the path to success before, during and after funding is closed. As a trusted startup advisor and fund manager, Helon and his team help with everything from early stage company valuation, due diligence, investment structuring, portfolio company and fund management, and investor relations.

With Helon’s help, Rev1 has funded over 70 unique companies over the past five years, making it among the most active early-stage investors in the Great Lakes region. He’s committed to continuing to ensure Rev1 is well-positioned to invest in high-growth companies in Central Ohio, including startups commercializing technologies developed at Rev1 Ventures’ innovation partners The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and OhioHealth

Jeff Hoffman
Global Entrepreneurship Network, Chairman
Jeff Hoffman is an award-winning global entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, bestselling author, Hollywood film producer, a producer of a Grammy winning jazz album, and executive producer of an Emmy Award winning television show. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known successful startups, including Priceline.com/Booking.com, uBid.com and more.                   

Jeff serves on the boards of companies in the US, Europe, the Middle East, South America, Africa, and Asia. He supports entrepreneurs and small businesses on a worldwide basis. He is the Chairman of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, which works with entrepreneurs in 180 countries, as well as being a founding board member of The Unreasonable Group, whose startup companies have operations in 185 countries and have raised over $4 billion in funding. He is also the Global Chairman of Dream Tank, a worldwide youth problem solving network. Jeff supports the White House, the State Department, the United Nations, and similar organizations internationally on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship programs.                 

Jeff is a frequent keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in over 60 countries. He speaks on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and business leadership, and is the author of the book SCALE, a how-to guide for growing your business. Jeff also teaches innovation workshops to major corporations on a regular basis.                   

Jeff is a featured business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more.       

Jeff was honored with the Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Rising Tide Capital, as well as receiving the George Brown Award for International Cooperation from the US State Department. Jeff received the Commitment to Excellence Award from CitySummit in 2019, as well as receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award and being inducted into the Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship. He was also honored with the Best of the Best Award from the national CEO association (Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization).                   

Outside of the world of technology, Jeff has produced TV shows, has produced movies in Hollywood, has produced musical events including concerts, tours, and charity events with such artists as Elton John, Britney Spears, NSYNC, Boyz II Men, and others, and serves on numerous charity and non-profit boards.                                 


Hear from some of Ohio's leading capital providers on the state of funding in Ohio.