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Forty entrepreneurs and innovators in southeastern Ohio have been named finalists for the third Innovation Awards, which celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in the region.
One of those is Meigs County’s Vanessa Kaukonen, of Fur Peace Ranch and Psylodelic Gallery. She is a finalist in the Outstanding Social Innovation category.
The winners in each of the five categories will be announced at the Innovation Awards gala 6-9 p.m. March 31 at Ohio University’s Baker Center Ballroom.
“Southeastern Ohio has garnered state and national recognition for its thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Lynn Gellermann, executive director of TechGROWTH Ohio, which hosts the annual recognition event. “Our 40 finalists reflect a growing and diverse regional network of inventors and innovators.”
TechGROWTH Ohio is a program funded by the state Ohio Third Frontier program, Ohio University and industry sponsors to provide investments and business expertise to startup companies in southeastern Ohio. TechGROWTH Ohio, administered by the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, is part of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that includes programs that support university and regional technology commercialization and small business incubation.
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Originally published February 4, 2015.