2018 Best Tech Startups in Columbus

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Columbus, Ohio. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. CrossChx


Founded: 2012

“CrossChx is on a mission to build meaningful artificial intelligence that empowers and scales humans to achieve more than ever before. We are pioneers working to make the AI revolution both powerful and beneficial to humankind. We are putting a blue collar on AI and letting it do what machines can do best– and leaving the tasks that require creativity, empathy, and passion to people.”

2. Aver, Inc


Founded: 2010

“Aver simplifies value-based healthcare by working with national and regional healthcare payers, health systems, and large physician practices to design, implement and administer value-based programs. From our suite of purpose-built software products, to our deep bench of expertise in alternative payment methods — Aver eases the transition from fee-for-service to value-based contracts.”

3. Root Insurance

Root Insurance

Founded: 2015

“Root is the first insurance company founded on the principle of fundamental fairness. We create personalized products that give good drivers the protection they deserve. At Root we only insure good drivers, and that is why our rates are always fair. Unlike other insurance companies, we do not bundle good drivers with bad drivers. Instead, we use data science to find and reward good drivers with the best rates. Root is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The company is an official carrier licensed by Ohio Department of Insurance, a member of the Ohio Guarantee Fund, and backed by the largest reinsurance company in the world.”

4. Beam Dental

Beam Dental

Founded: 2012

“Beam Dental is a dental benefits company that offers employers a fundamentally unique approach to dental coverage by incorporating dental hygiene behavior into policy pricing while delivering world class support and service. All of Beam’s plans also include Beam Perks, a quarterly subscription service with an electric toothbrush, replacement heads, toothpaste, and floss. Beam makes it easy to find and access dental services with the tap of a finger from a broad, nationwide network of dentists.”

5. Signet Accel

Signet Accel

Founded: 2014

“Signet Accel is a leading HIT software and services company specializing in successful data integration, harmonization and sharing in and among consortia, institutions and health professionals around the world. Its flagship product, Avec®, is a federated data integration platform deliberately designed to integrate data in complex environments and deliver true interoperability to healthcare. Signet Accel’s software products and services power the work of its clients by helping them define, deliver and discover—faster—while ensuring all of their health data is ready for the task, more quickly than ever before.”

6. Wiretap


Founded: 2014

“Wiretap is a cloud security platform that aims to adopt the latest advancements in cognitive computing, artificial intelligence and behavioral analytics to amplify enterprise value by monitoring the social graph (Office 365, Slack, FB workplace). We really believe that we can harness the power of our platform’s insights into human behavior and interactivity to create great value for the enterprise.”

7. Imagry


Founded: 2015

“Imagry is developing a cameras-only level 4/5 self-driving platform that amounts to a fraction of the cost of traditional Lidar, Radar & HD GPS-based solutions. Our AI technology is based on Deep Inverse Reinforcement Learning algorithms which accelerate the training and performance of its unified software solution (end-to-end perception, planning, and control), especially in complex unseen scenarios.”

8. nChannel


Founded: 2011

“nChannel provides an easy-to-use, cloud-based platform that enables retailers to cost effectively synchronize and exchange sales, customer, and product data from transactions that occur at the register, in the warehouse, or via a web-store. The system is sold direct to subscribers via the nChannel website, but is also available through nChannel’s network of value-added resellers. Software developers can also partner with nChannel to provide connectivity from their software applications to the nChannel platform, further providing value to retailers.”

9. Nexosis


Founded: 2015

“Nexosis is on a mission to democratize machine learning. We are committed to empowering developers to have the tools to create solutions driven by machine learning. Nexosis empowers developers with API access to our machine learning platform so they can build smarter solutions.”

10. DOmedia


Founded: 2007

“DOmedia is an independent technology company on a mission to change the way out-of-home media is bought and sold. Our cloud-based applications connect buyers and sellers to leverage marketplace effects, eliminate labor and improve reporting and analytics. Our software is already empowering leading agencies, vendors and brands. How we help advertising agencies DOmedia empowers buyers to build, manage and analyze campaigns within a unified set of apps. We help agencies focus on strategy, creativity and data-driven decision making by eliminating digital labor.”