Enable Medical Technologies CEO and AtriCure Founder Mike Hooven shares his startup experiences

Last Wednesday afternoon in TechColumbus’ recently renovated conference space, BioOhio hosted its first Capital Connections. Designed to mingle funding-seeking startups and entrepreneurs with private capital investors in a social setting (not entirely unlike a 7th grade dance), the event attracted more than 80 attendees and an equal distribution of both groups.

Two hours of casual networking fueled by hors d’oeuvres and refreshments were preceded by remarks and insight from experts on launching and funding a biomedical company. An investors panel featured Peter Kleinhenz from CID Equity Partners and Fletcher Spaght Ventures, Ohio TechAngels’ John Huston, and Mark Low from the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center. “Entrepreneurial Words of Wisdom” then were shared by Mike Hooven, Enable Medical Technologies, and Wayne Poll, Minimally Invasive Devices (MID). The interactive sessions induced audience participation and the general consensus was that the environment for starting a biomedical business in Ohio – from funding to workforce to infrastucture – was better than ever.

Constant Biotechnology CEO Brian Clark is a fan. “VC turnout was great, and the scheduling was perfect, allowing for Cincy and Cleveland attendees,” he commented afterward. “And I loved the company founders’ ‘war stories’.”

Based on similar feedback from other attendees, it’s a good bet that BioOhio will hold a Capital Connections get-together every year.