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File #: 1364-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/25/2021 In control: Small & Minority Business Committee
On agenda: 6/14/2021 Final action: 6/18/2021
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a grant agreement with Rev1 Ventures for the purpose of administering the Entrepreneurial Signature Program; to authorize the expenditure of $250,000.00 from the 2021 General Fund Operating Budget; and to declare an emergency. ($250,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD1364-2021 2021-05-25 ED Rev1 2021 contract
Explanation
BACKGROUND: This legislation authorizes the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a grant agreement with Rev1 Ventures in an amount up to $250,000.00 for the purpose of supporting efforts to attract and grow technology businesses through the Entrepreneurial Signature Program.

Rev1 Ventures, formerly known as TechColumbus, is a seed stage venture development organization that combines investment capital and strategic services to help entrepreneurs build products that people want and companies that succeed. Rev1 Ventures led a successful regional proposal to the State of Ohio to secure $18.7 million for the Entrepreneurial Signature Program (ESP) which accelerates the creation and growth of new technology companies in Central Ohio. The ESP Program includes early stage capital to meet the needs for pre-seed capital for Ohio start-up technology companies. A 1-to-2 funding match was required as a condition of the ESP Program. The City of Columbus provided $188,000.00 in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 as their portion of the match. In 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, the City of Columbus provided $500,000.00, respectively, towards this initiative in the form of administrative costs associated with the program. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, the City of Columbus contributed $450,000.00 to the program. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, the City of Columbus contributed $250,000.00 to the program. The City wishes to contribute $250,000.00 in 2021.

Emergency action is requested to continue the administration of the Entrepreneurial Support Program without interruption.

FISCAL IMPACT: Funding for this contract is included in the Department of Development’s Economic Development Division’s 2021 General Fund Budget.

CONTRACT COMPLIANCE: Rev1 Ventures contract compliance number is 011852 and expires 5/18/22.

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To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a grant agreement with Rev1 Ventures for the purpose of administering the...

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