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Columbus Ohio Area Networking Guide

The goal of this guide is give you information on the variety of networking events in the Columbus Ohio area. All of these events can be found via online sources, but it might take you awhile to stumble across all of them. They have been organized here into groups based on the general nature of the event.

Local Community Entrepreneurial Centers

Community supported centers where startup businesses can get support in the form of low-cost office facilities, access to local experts and continuous business related educational events. These events are attended by many of this area's top companies and are an excellent source for new contacts.

Innovate New Albany Several educational events a month on a variety of business related topics
Dublin Entrepreneurial Center (DEC) Several educational events a month on a variety of business related topics
Marysville Entrepreneurial Center (MEC) 1-2 educational events a month on a variety of business related topics
Cultivate (Grove City) 1-2 educational events a month on a variety of business related topics

Pure Networking Events

These events are just for networking. Some are designed for lead sharing while others are just opportunities to meet others with no particular goal.

Dublin Area Networking Group This group has several events including: 101 Networking class, Speed Networking, and Networking Lunch. This group is managed by Chris Borja
Cup 'a Joe Networking Monthly morning networking
Business First Breakfast Monthly morning networking hosted by the Business First Newspaper. A great event with across Columbus attendance.

Technology Related

There are several scheduled meetings every month on a variety of topics. Besides meeting folks of common interest, these events are held at many of the major employers in the area creating opportunities to meet employees of those companies.

Amazon Web Services Group
Cloud Foundry
Central Ohio Agile Group (COHAA)
Columbus Atlassian Users Group
Columbus Web Group
CoolTechGirls
Javascript Users Group
Python Users Group
Startup Grind
Cloud Foundry

Startup or Entrepreneurial Pitch Events

Organized events to give startups an opportunity to present new ideas and seek the community’s feedback and support.

Wake Up Start Up Monthly presentations from local startups
Sundown Rundown Monthly presentations from local startups
Product Hunt Columbus Semi-Regular presentations from local startups
Rev1 Ventures Local business that supports startups. They hold meetings every month.

Job Search Groups

These are events managed by local recruiters. Some charge a small fee to attend. These events are open to all job seekers. The attendees are across industrials and functions with experience ranging 1-20 years.

Transition Café of Central Ohio Monthly group of job seekers meet in Columbus. It is wide open on who can attend. Each meeting cost $10, if you register online. The group is managed by recruiter Becky Tylka.
Columbus Executive Forum Monthly group of executive level job seekers. The group is managed by recruiter Bob Molter. Meetings held at Innovate New Albany.

Links

Below are links to several websites where you can find more information about the groups mentioned above and others groups.

Meetup Website devoted to organizing events of many interest. Great way to meet people interested in a specific topic.
Eventbrite General Interest Meetings
Columbus Business Newspaper Calendar Local Business Newspaper
Columbus Idea Foundry Local Makers space. They hold several educational events each month.
Meetup - Columbus Tech Focused Website devoted to organizing Technology focused events.