Rising Startup Stars announced for southeast Ohio’s Fourth Annual Innovation Celebration

Jasmine Grillmeier
March 22, 2016

Four entrepreneurs and startups in southeastern Ohio have been named Rising Startup Stars for the fourth annual celebration of regional innovation and entrepreneurship, TechGROWTH Ohio’s Innovation Celebration. This premiere event will take place March 29, 2016 from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Ohio University Baker Center Ballroom.

The Fourth Annual Innovation Celebration Rising Startup Stars include:

  • Sense Labs, LLC, Ben Lachman – America's 129 million residential electricity customers, on average, waste 40 percent of the energy they pay for and have almost no feedback on the cost of that waste to them or to their environment. Sense Labs has developed Glow, an intelligent energy tracker that helps users reduce their electricity usage and carbon footprint through real-time ambient feedback and actionable usage data. Lachman has started two software companies and currently runs a working space for independent professionals in Athens.  

  • YOST Labs, Greg Merril – YOST Labs is one of the fastest growing tech companies in Ohio specializing in patented sensor technologies that enable motion and position tracking in many of today’s and tomorrow’s upcoming products. Merril, CEO at YOST Labs, is an inventor with 19 issued patents, an author of numerous peer reviewed technical papers and was the founding CEO for three prior venture capital backed fast growth sensor and simulation product companies.

  • Jersey Watch, David Carter – Jersey Watch builds sports management software that allows leagues and teams to impact their players, followers and fans through free custom-built websites. Carter, a collegiate football player turned entrepreneur, has served more than 100,000 athletes in the Midwest as co-founder of Jersey Watch.

  • FWD:Energy, Inc, Rich Sloan –  FWD:Energy is a renewable energy business focused on converting waste to energy through renewable energy plants and other commercially valuable products. Sloan, CEO at FWD:Energy, Inc., is an entrepreneur and nationally syndicated talk show host who has been recognized as one of America’s most passionate evangelists for small business.

Registration for the Fourth Annual Innovation Celebration is free, but pre-registration is required.  For more information, and to register, visit gala.ohio.edu.

The Innovation Celebration is sponsored by Bricker & Eckler LLP; AT&T; East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund; Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs; Center for EntrepreneurshipCollege of Arts and SciencesScripps College of Communication and Russ College of Engineering and Technology. The partners of the Innovation Celebration include the Ohio University Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity and Ohio Third Frontier.