Have you ever wanted to be a part of the solution for issues in your community? Have you ever had an idea to solve those issues? GiveBackHack is your next step. Attend to partner up with the community and find the resources to make ideas into a reality.
Friday, passionate community members (that’s you!) pitch innovative ideas to solve the most pressing social issues in Columbus. Saturday, participants form teams and build upon ideas for a sustainable, technology-based business. Sunday night, teams will pitch to a panel of judges for the opportunity to earn funding, mentorship and other resources to move forward with their solution.
Your ticket for the weekend includes:
- Meals all weekend
- GiveBackHack t-shirt
- Surprises and swag from our sponsors and community partners
- Mentorship by local social entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, venture capitalists, tech execs and more
- An opportunity to change your community for the better.
Judges & Mentors
The list of mentors and judges will be added soon!
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Lead Sustaining Sponsor
IGS is driven by a set of core beliefs that moves us toward an energy-independent United States, powered by domestically-produced, environmentally-responsible resources. And just as IGS seeks disruptive innovations in the energy space, they take a similar approach to their community investments. For this reason, the company has made social enterprise a primary focus of their philanthropy. IGS is proud to partner with GiveBackHack to invest in entrepreneurial solutions to complex social issues – improving lives by harnessing market forces to get innovations to the people who benefit the most.
Friday - April 26
- Doors Open
- Dinner & Networking (don't miss this!)
- Friday Night Begins! We'll cover everything you need to know, let you pitch, vote on top ideas & form teams for the weekend
- Wrap up!
- Facilities Close
Saturday - April 27
- Doors Open & Morning Yoga (optional)
- Morning Mentors Arrive
- Community Updates - circle up and discuss progress
- Afternoon Mentors arrive
- Wrap Up!
- Facilities Close
Sunday - April 28
- Doors Open & Morning Yoga (optional)
- Mentors Arrive & Community Updates
- Pitch Practice & Presentation Tech Check
- Final Presentations Begin
- Judging & Awards
- Wrap Up & Celebrate
- Facilities Close
Rachyl founded @greatercolumbusconsulting from her passion for helping small local businesses succeed. Rachyl is a lifelong Buckeye, with a degree from The Ohio State University, and 20 years of business experience in central Ohio. She has assisted executive teams in securing over $65M in funding, as well as helping businesses of all sizes create strategic goals that are realistic based on their past performance. Rachyl's skills include assessing the feasibility of new products, forecasting future performance of existing products, finding gaps in your data collection which may be holding you back from understanding your business, and helping you avoid spending your limited time & money going down unrewarding paths. Rachyl loves travel, photography, and reading. She also enjoys both viewing and creating all kinds of art in her free time!
Chase is a senior Finance student at The Ohio State University and an analyst at LOUD Capital. While at school he has deeply immersed himself in the Columbus startup space, having co-managed the SEA Change accelerator in 2017, served as Treasurer for Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship in 2018, and worked as one of GiveBackHack Columbus’s Finance Leads in 2018. Since starting at LOUD Capital he has vigorously pursued a wide variety of projects ranging from portfolio management, investor relations and operations to business development and fundraising. Chase is a firm believer in the ability of commercial businesses to achieve sustainable social impact, and is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurial initiatives throughout Central Ohio and beyond.
Mike is a software developer currently working as a UX/Front-end Engineer at Finite State, a stealth-mode IoT security company based out of Columbus, Ohio. Outside of work, Mike spends much of his time helping to organize and grow GiveBackHack. He is passionate about the organization as he believes social enterprise provides the most solid, sustainable foundation for social change.
Emily is a graduating senior at Ohio State University studying Social Enterprise with a focus on Leadership Studies. She spent last summer as a Columbus Foundation Fellow working on everything from building internal database solutions to developing client life cycle models for Besa Community in Franklinton. Previous to that, she directed the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit at Ohio State. Emily is inspired by innovative approaches to social enterprise and is driven by the potential held in the increasingly socially conscious consumer base. Additionally, Emily has a passion for developing teams and individuals. With a growth-oriented and mentorship-focused mindset, she loves helping others reach their full potential.
Mike Nichols is a Senior Copywriter for Big Lots Corporate in Westerville, Ohio. Throughout his copywriting career, Mike has worked on a variety of projects including web hosting databases, pharmaceutical pieces, mobile apps, social media, RFPs, and sales catalogues. Over the past 2 years, Mike has lent his extensive knowledge of the English language to non-profit and social impact causes, writing blogs and updating social media for the 2018 Columbus GiveBackHack, and doing small assignments for 2017's winner, DACA Time. Mike hopes he can continue to use his skill set to create an impact for social issues in his community.
Lindsay is a recent graduate of the Ohio State University where she received a bachelor's degree in Communications in New Media and Technology, and Design Thinking. Currently she is working as a marketing intern for Office-Image and works on freelance graphic design projects in her spare time. Although she is new to the GiveBackHack family, Lindsay is ecstatic to be involved with the event and to be working alongside so many wonderful people.
Bailey is a licensed social worker working with the Ohio Department for Mental Health and Addiction Services as a community linkage worker. She has spent the last two years working with and in Ohio's prisons to help justice involved individuals safely and successfully transition to the community. Bailey was drawn to the social enterprise world as a pathway for those with criminal backgrounds to find meaningful employment and is volunteering for a second year with GiveBackHack. Bailey is passionate about building community and connecting the right talent and resources to address our most pressing social issues. In her free time Bailey is also a 200 registered yoga instructor and volunteers with a number of organizations that treat trauma and substance use disorders.
Derek is a Product Manager at Root Insurance, a company using technology to reinvent the car insurance industry. As a Product professional with over 15 years of leadership experience, he serves teams by helping them to discover the next most valuable thing to deliver to their customers. Derek is a passionate member of the social entrepreneurial and technology communities in Columbus. In addition to helping to organize GiveBackHack Columbus, he co-organizes the Columbus Product Club, is a founding board member of the Columbus chapter of Conscious Capitalism, and serves on the Small Business Assessment Advisory Committee for the City of Columbus.