COLUMBUS, OHIO, June 14, 2021 – COhatch, the Worthington-based company with a new approach to shared work, social, and family space, marked the official opening of its newest location at 1581 North High St. in Columbus by granting scholarship funding to 23 local start-up, minority- and women-owned businesses.
COhatch Boost Scholarship recipients were among applicants seeking a collaborative work community to help propel their businesses. COhatch selected the following companies to receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The scholarships can be used to purchase a membership and additional services from the COhatch The Gateway location.
WITI – Women in Technology International Columbus
Financial Power Network LLC / Keys to Black Wealth
Bronzeville IT Academy
Made Marketing Agency
LTBL Energy, Limited
EPiC Creative + Design
Capital City Funding LLC
The Paragon Project
Majestic Media LLC
Women in Analytics, LLC
Petals that Inspire, LLC
In total, COhatch granted the organizations $62,000. Nearly $40,000 in scholarships remain available to interested minority- and women-owned start-up companies and organizations. Applications still are being accepted.
GiveBackHack is among the COhatch Boost Scholarship winners. The woman-owned and led organization works to identify innovative solutions to social issues and provide resources, including mentors and seed funding, to promising teams so that they can launch sustainable solutions.
“The COhatch Boost Scholarship marks a perfect opportunity for us to help foster social enterprise,” said Emily Stuhldreher of GiveBackHack. “The accessibility and support of The Gateway community is exactly the kind of home base we’re seeking as we bring on more partners and prepare for our community events to fuel the social enterprise ecosystem in Columbus.”
Woman- and minority owned LRT Associates, LLC, also will benefit from The Gateway’s open-for-all community space and incubation resources. The management consulting firm specializes in emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, and offers strategy design, technology solution, project management and user adoption support services across the financial services, government, healthcare and technology sectors.
“Our passion is bringing diversity to the emerging technology space,” said Lisa Turner, CEO of LRT Associates, “and this presents a perfect opportunity for us to continue our work of breaking down barriers to technology. Here, we can establish a network that will support our growth and help us fulfill our commitment to bring as many people as possible along the journey to making technology easier.”
Organizations such as GiveBackHack, LRT Associates and other COhatch Boost Scholarship winners will help COhatch bring to life its vision of an entrepreneur ecosystem that will provide a launching pad and support network for minority, women and purpose-driven tech start-ups.
COhatch also is granting an annual scholarship to The Ohio State University Presidential Scholars.
The flagship COhatch location also is providing space and support to Zell Capital, Commonwealth Impact Fund, the Minority Enterprise Institute, the Dublin-based Women’s Small Business Accelerator, BLK hack, Color Coded Labs, and a national business accelerator. The space also will include The Ohio State University’s Digital Flagship Design Lab, which will open in August.
“The Design Lab is an exciting way for us to connect our students to the greater Ohio community through learning opportunities and collaborations,” said Cory Tressler, Interim Associate Vice President of Learning Technology at Ohio State. “We’re planning a really wide range of events for the space, everything from digital skills workshops on topics like app development and digital creativity to design sessions with local businesses and K-12 partnerships. Events will begin officially this August and we’re looking forward to seeing all the new ideas and innovations that come out of the space.”
The newest Columbus COhatch location has nearly 8,000 sq. ft. of workspace, including 21 private offices, more than 100 coworking seats and six meeting rooms. COhatch’s Start-Up Orchestrator will work to connect Boost Scholarship winners, Ohio State University Presidential Scholars and other COhatch members to other start-ups, development experts, impact investment partners, accelerator programs, and university resources.
COhatch, a new kind of shared work, social, and family space built on community, offers members the services, activities and amenities to live a fully integrated life that balances work, family, well-being, community and giving back. Founded in 2016, COhatch was created through the collaboration of a group of friends who wanted to live out their ideal lives and improve their community ̶ think Town Hall 2.0. COhatch has 25 locations open or under construction nationwide in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Springfield, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; and St. Petersburg, West Tampa, and Lakeland, Florida. Visit www.cohatch.com for more information. Follow COhatch on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.