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Dublin-Born Start-Up RenaissanceTech Celebrates Five Years

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Dublin-grown company RenaissanceTech is celebrating five years of business, a milestone for any start-up. The company, offering Infor CPQ software and consulting, had a modest beginning, with co-owners Jeremy Finley and Benjamin Karam working out of each other’s houses for the first six months. This past April, they moved into their free-standing office building at 5880 Venture Dr., just one example of the growth they’ve had in their five years as a Dublin company.

First launching RenaissanceTech in 2013, Finley and Karam’s next move as a business was to find a legitimate office space that would attract the talent needed to expand the company.

“One of the most difficult things about starting a company is finding the first couple of employees that will join an unproven venture,” Finley says.

They were able to find what they needed at the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center (DEC), a co-working space that allows new companies to establish physical and virtual tenancy. At the DEC, new businesses can take advantage of onsite resources, an atmosphere of idea-sharing, and even opportunities for shared services and cost-sharing.

“The DEC gives you a professional appearance, the amenities of a large corporate building, and the social aspects you would find at most larger companies,” Finley says. “Plus, there are many other small companies under one roof, and we used the services of many other companies.”

Their first “office” was what Finley describes as an oversized cubicle, but they soon found more space at the DEC. They eventually took over an enclosed office space before again expanding into an adjacent room, knocking down the wall in between.

When two employees grew to six, Finley and Karam decided it was time for RenaissanceTech to transition out of the DEC, and they made the move to historic Dublin in October of 2016.

It was at this new location that RenaissanceTech grew not only their staff but their services. At the start, RenaissanceTech only offered consulting services for discrete manufacturers looking to implement Infor CPQ software — “and that has always been our primary focus,” Finley adds.

They’ve consulted with a diverse array of manufacturers, with their customers making items like “windows and doors, flight simulators, hearing aids, slot machines, fire trucks, wedding dresses, server racks, yachts, cranes, industrial equipment, commercial popcorn machines, to name a few,” Finley says.

Only a few years ago did they become a reseller of the software itself. They added a sales department and have since continued to expand their services into product support packages and custom development.

Karam and Finley purchased their newest office on Venture Drive in April and now have 15 employees. Finley says the support system in Dublin was key to their success, but there’s a lot more to find in the city than that.

“Dublin is a very progressive city and is always looking at emerging trends. Between the DUBlink program and the SMART corridor along 33, there are a lot of innovative things happening within Dublin,” Finley says, adding that the appeal to Dublin goes beyond the tech community.

“Dublin has a fun vibe between the Memorial, festivals, Old Dublin, and the Bridge Street District,” he says. “We are excited to see where the next five years takes us.”

For more information, visit renaissancetech.com.

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Dublin is a city of more than 47,000 residents located just northwest of Columbus, Ohio. The City of Dublin Economic Development team has a vision to make Dublin a Midwest IT Magnet through business leadership and sustainable workforce development. This commitment goes beyond short-term skills training to include long-term strategic and cultural support for the entire Dublin business community. Dublin is one of America’s Top 20 Creative Class Cities and is home to more than 20 corporate headquarters, an entrepreneurial center, 3,000+ businesses, world-class events and the urban, walkable Bridge Street District.

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