Partnering with Innovators

Performance outerwear enhanced with NASA inspired aerogel technology

Michael Markesbery, Oros Apparel

Partnering with Innovators

Transforming the way media is bought and sold with over $7 Billion of OOH ad campaigns proposed

Ken Sahlin, DOmedia

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NCT & You

We are entrepreneurs turned venture capitalists. Our passion is helping founders build great companies.

OUR INTERESTS

Located in Columbus, Ohio, NCT is a Midwest focused venture capital firm that backs seed and early stage technology companies disrupting major industries. We typically invest $250k to $1 million in early rounds, and join growth rounds as portfolio companies scale. With over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience, we partner with innovators and bring hands-on operational support to help visionary entrepreneurs succeed.

The NCTU Model

The Ideas-to-Business Model was created in conjunction with The Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University. Available to entrepreneurs through Venture Highway, the model was created to provide an infrastructure for bringing an idea to market through a series of well defined development phases.


Midwest Focused

Venture capital is being democratized and the next generation of entrepreneurs are building visionary companies between the coasts. As technology begins disrupting more established sectors, companies located in the Midwest are at an advantage. The West Coast built the ‘Internet’ and the Midwest has the ‘Things’.

Economic Center

Many of the world’s largest corporations are located in the Midwest. Nearly 20% of Fortune 1000 Corporations are headquartered in the region.

Research and Innovation

Over 1,800 colleges and universities are located in the Midwest as well as some of the world’s most respected research and development institutions.

Industrial Powerhouse

The Midwest’s annual GDP is over $3.6T. If ranked against the GDP of countries, the Midwest would have the 4th largest economy in the world, behind the U.S., China, and Japan.

Helping payers and providers administer value-based healthcare

Nick Augustinos, Aver Inc.

Performance outerwear enhanced with NASA inspired aerogel technology

Michael Markesbery, Oros

Our Investments

NCT partnered with us very early on and their support has been transformational!

Joe Anstine, PriorAuthNow

Providing more than capital, NCT has played a critical role in the growth of our business.

Bob Marsh, LevelEleven

Our Team

Rich Langdale

Managing Partner

Bill Frank

Partner

Lindsay Karas

Partner

Michael Butler

Partner

Calvin Cooper

Director

Jeff Bell

Venture Partner

JT Kreager

Venture Partner

Supporting Our Community

Venture capital is a contact sport. We’re committed to helping support a collaborative ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to succeed.

Giving Back

For two decades, NCT’s team has given time and resources to initiatives that encourage and promote technology entrepreneurship and venture capital in Ohio, the Midwest and beyond. In addition to founding and funding the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, NCT’s team has participated and supported the efforts of several entrepreneurial organizations including VentureOhio, Columbus 2020, the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, and more.


News

Columbus 2020: NCT Ventures

Columbus 2020: NCT Ventures

Named after their quest for the Next Cool Thing, VC firm NCT Ventures is looking to smart cities for just that

Singularity University, NCT Ventures and AEP unveil the startups joining the Smart City Accelerator

Singularity University, NCT Ventures and AEP unveil the startups joining the Smart City Accelerator

Article by Carrie Ghose, Columbus Business First

NCT Ventures and Detroit Venture Partners announce $3.6M investment into PriorAuthNow

NCT Ventures and Detroit Venture Partners announce $3.6M investment into PriorAuthNow

Article by Carrie Ghose, Columbus Business First

NCT Ventures and Bridge Investments join Jumpstart in a $1.8M in Heureka Software

NCT Ventures and Bridge Investments join Jumpstart in a $1.8M in Heureka Software

Article by Scott Suttell, Crain's Cleveland Business

NCT Ventures and CincyTech announce investment in Data Inventions

NCT Ventures and CincyTech announce investment in Data Inventions

Article, Cincinnati Business Courier

Columbus Smart City Accelerator Announced in Partnership with NCT, Singularity University and American Electric Power

Columbus Smart City Accelerator Announced in Partnership with NCT, Singularity University and American Electric Power

Article by John Mannes, TechCrunch

NCT Joins $1.9M Round in Healthy Roster

NCT Joins $1.9M Round in Healthy Roster

Article by Carrie Ghose, Columbus Business First

DOmedia Recognized #1 on Fast 50 by Columbus Business First

DOmedia Recognized #1 on Fast 50 by Columbus Business First

Article by Carrie Ghose, Columbus Business First

Brandery, Miami grads’ startup raises $1M

Brandery, Miami grads’ startup raises $1M

Article by Andy Brownfield, Cincinnati Business Courier

Kare Intellex Closes $300,000 Investment Round with Participation from Rev1 Ventures, NCT Ventures, OhioHealth

Kare Intellex Closes $300,000 Investment Round with Participation from Rev1 Ventures, NCT Ventures, OhioHealth

Revolutionary Mobile Platform Optimizes Workflow at the Point of Care for Caregivers

NCT Joins $15 Million Series C Round in CrossChx

NCT Joins $15 Million Series C Round in CrossChx

Article by Jay Donovan, TechCruch

NCT Ventures Joins $13.6 Million Round in Aver Inc

NCT Ventures Joins $13.6 Million Round in Aver Inc

Aver’s bundled payment solutions and analytics platform improves efficiency and quality of care while reducing healthcare costs.

NCT Ventures, NMSDC and Rochester Institute of Technology Release National Survey Findings on Access to Capital for Minority Business Enterprises

NCT Ventures, NMSDC and Rochester Institute of Technology Release National Survey Findings on Access to Capital for Minority Business Enterprises

Identifies Barriers and Develops Solutions to Promote High Growth Diverse Entrepreneurship.

NCT Ventures Leads $2 Million Round in Detroit-Based LevelEleven

NCT Ventures Leads $2 Million Round in Detroit-Based LevelEleven

LevelEleven helps companies optimize sales performance to drive revenue

NCT Ventures Joins Industry Commitment to Advance Inclusion and Access to Capital

NCT Ventures Joins Industry Commitment to Advance Inclusion and Access to Capital

NCT Ventures Joins $4.2 Million Series A Round in Detroit-based Are You A Human, Inc.

NCT Ventures Joins $4.2 Million Series A Round in Detroit-based Are You A Human, Inc.

Are You A Human Addresses Billion Dollar Opportunity by Helping Advertisers Reduce Waste Due to Bots

Bizdom receives $145,000 grant from NCT Ventures of Columbus

Bizdom receives $145,000 grant from NCT Ventures of Columbus

Article by Crain's Cleveland Business

NCT Ventures Announces Exit from Seamless Logistics, Ltd.

NCT Ventures Announces Exit from Seamless Logistics, Ltd.

Represents 3rd Successful Exit from NCT Ventures Fund I

NCT Ventures announces Fund II investment in Azoti, Inc

NCT Ventures announces Fund II investment in Azoti, Inc

Columbus­-based Azoti, Inc. is an online platform that provides local food producers with marketing solutions to connect with buyers.

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