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Study: Columbus is no Silicon Valley but we’re getting there

The signal is strong with this one.

Columbus was placed in the top four in the nation for its thriving internet startup climate and even serves as a model for other cities looking to advance technologically.

“Columbus became known, almost overnight, as an innovation hub following the city’s selection in the Smart City Challenge of 2016,” wrote researchers from The Internet Association and National League of Cities. The city has long since diversified its economy, implemented a thoughtful business approach and capitalized on its local institutions to build a well-trained workforce.”

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The study looked at research from 382 metro areas in the U.S. and found that while the average city has 600 internet businesses and 9,000 internet-sector jobs, Columbus has 1,500 internet businesses and 25,400 internet-sector jobs.

Rev1 Ventures and F13 Works are among the many startups that employ professions in the internet sector.

“The findings from the report underscore the tremendous growth taking place in Columbus—it is a hotbed of activity for startups, innovation and economic development,” Kristy Campbell, COO of Rev1, told TechOhio. “We’ve seen firsthand the power of connecting key players in the region, including private and public partners, like The Ohio State University, hospitals, Columbus 2020 and the Ohio Third Frontier.”

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