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Simple-Fill, CAR's most recent spin-off, one of TechColumbus' nine 2014 VentureNEXT Startup Award finalists

Simple-Fill, CAR's most recent spin-off, is one of nine exciting young companies that have been named finalists in the 2014 VentureNEXT Startup Award competition. Finalists have demonstrated the successful execution of a scalable business model that is based on an innovative technology.

“These nine companies are exceptional examples of the entrepreneurial talent in our region,” said TechColumbus CEO Tom Walker. “They stand tall in entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and creativity. We were delighted to receive so many fine nominations, and look forward to seeing great results in Central Ohio not only from the 2014 Startup Award finalists, but from other nominated companies as well.”

Simple-Fill is developing an in-home compression unit to fill compressed natural gas (CHG) vehicles that will provide compressed natural gas at $1 per GGE.

VentureNEXT 2014 Startup Awards were open to any high-tech, high-growth entrepreneurial company in the Central Ohio region that is less than five years old. 2014 Startup Award judges represent a cross-section of the region’s entrepreneurial and business community including angel investors, venture capitalists, and professional service firms that work with startups through TechColumbus’ Expert and First Connect Networks.

The next step in the Startup Awards process will be Pitch Day on October 20. The nine finalists will deliver a ten-minute presentation to VentureNEXT judges, followed by ten minutes of questions and answers. 2014 Startup Award winners will be announced at the VentureNEXT event on Thursday, November 6 at the LC Pavilion from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Winners will receive a custom award developed and built in partnership with the Columbus Idea Foundry using 3-D printing technology.

“VentureNEXT is bringing together anyone and everyone in Central Ohio who cares about entrepreneurship in our region,” said Alicia Oddi, TechColumbus Director of Marketing and Communications and director of the VentureNEXT event. “Given the jobs, wealth, and interesting new products created by entrepreneurial ventures, there’s no better way to get in on the buzz than to attend VentureNEXT,” she said

VentureNEXT registration is now open.

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TechColumbus, Columbus, OH, helps Central Ohio entrepreneurs build and accelerate great companies by providing expert advice, access to capital, and business growth connections. We help grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs, advisors, resource providers, corporations, academia, and public sector entities who share startup passion. TechColumbus manages a continuum of investment funds comprising capital from the Ohio Third Frontier and other strategic partners. Nearly 500 technology entrepreneurs and startup companies come to TechColumbus each year for the services and funding needed to grow into sustainable, profitable businesses. www.techcolumbus.org