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Monday, October 8
 

8:00am

Morning Coffee powered by Centric Consulting + Queen City Angels
Get caffienated, friends. We've got a big week ahead.


Monday October 8, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

9:00am

CINCYTECH PRESENTS: Why Cincinnati? A view from Silicon Valley
Limited Capacity filling up

Come kick off Startup Week by hanging out with Steven Boal, Founder and Executive Chairman of Quotient (NYSE: QUOT) which recently acquired Cincinnati startup Ahalogy and has a significant workforce in southwest Ohio.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Boal

Steven Boal

Founder and Executive Chairman, Quotient


Monday October 8, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

10:30am

Our Vibrant Startup Ecosystem and its Role in Student Prep
Limited Capacity seats available

The Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Miami University talking about how Miami’s Institute for Entrepreneurship builds entrepreneurial leaders and how it integrates its programs with the broader #StartupCincy entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Holcomb

Tim Holcomb

Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship, Miami University
Tim is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Miami University. Internationally-recognized as a leader in the field of entrepreneurial education, the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Miami University has been ranked in the... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

10:30am

Advancing Human Health: Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

BioLOGIC—a national life sciences foundation dedicated advancing human health through innovation, education, and entrepreneurship—will conduct a one-hour panel discussion with healthcare experts, tech leaders and local entrepreneurs on the topic of innovation, collaboration and achieving impact in the life science startup space. Opening remarks will be given by Nigel Ferrey, President and CEO of SIDIS, and the panel will be moderated by a member of the BioLOGIC board of directors.
 
Established in 2016 by global management and investment firm, SIDIS, BioLOGIC plans to launch the inaugural BioLOGIC Innovation Award program at the 2018 Techstars Startup Week Cincinnati. For more information, email info@biologicglobal.org

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Acer

Sarah Acer

Executive Director, BioLOGIC

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Dauer

Jennifer Dauer

CincyTech
avatar for Nigel Ferrey

Nigel Ferrey

CEO, SIDIS
avatar for Peeyush Shrivastava

Peeyush Shrivastava

CEO, Genetesis
avatar for Don Wright

Don Wright

Board of Directors, COO, EVP, Assurex Health


Monday October 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

12:00pm

The Main Street Ventures Story
Hear from the founders of Main Street Ventures about their legacy of support for StartupCincy and what the fund is up to now. You'll find out how YOU can apply for grants as well as hear from some recent grantees and how they're using this as an unfair advantage to build and grow their business RIGHT HERE.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Alexander

Tony Alexander

Main Street Ventures


Monday October 8, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

12:00pm

How to Find and Validate Problems Worth Solving
Limited Capacity seats available

Figure out how to identify problems worth solving and maybe... just maybe... launch a startup to tackle the solution.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Flynn

Colin Flynn

Partner, Miami U


Monday October 8, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

1:30pm

Powered by the DoD: How to access $1M and military grade technology for your startup
A panel discussion on Transition Technologies in the military branches and how technology is researched, commercialized, and launched at scale to our armed forces, featuring Ryan Helbach (Chief Intrapreneur for AFRL) and Nick Ripplinger (Battle Sight Technologies).

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Helbach

Ryan Helbach

AFRL Chief Intrapreneur, Air Force Research Lab
Ryan Helbach is the Chief Intrapreneur at the United States Air Force Research Lab. 
avatar for Nick Ripplinger

Nick Ripplinger

President, Battle Sight Technologies
• Author of the #1 Best Selling book "Front Line Leadership - Applying Military Strategies to Everyday Business"• Chosen as the top non-commissioned officer (of 50) to report all significant actions to Commanding Officer of Multinational Forces- Iraq.• Following an inclusive... Read More →
avatar for David Scott

David Scott

Executive + Board + Attorney, The Entrepreneur Center, Dayton OH
David is an experienced C-level executive and (recovering) attorney, with Fortune 500 (DoD) and Am. Law 100 (law firm) experience.He has co-founded several start-ups, served as CEO and COO of several businesses and has served on the boards of several privately held businesses (MedTech/Defense/Robotics/Media/CleanTech/SaaS... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Tiffan

Lauren Tiffan

Director, AFRL Transition Accelerator


Monday October 8, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

1:30pm

Entrepreneurship through Authorship - a panel of startup writers
Limited Capacity seats available

Join best-selling authors Todd Henry (Accidental Creative, Herding Tigers), Paul Smith (Lead With A Story, Sell With a Story), and Dave Knox (Predicting The Turn) as they talk about their entrepreneurial journeys as authors, thought-leaders, and public speakers.  During this talk, the panelists will discuss the lessons they have learned as they went from an idea on a napkin to a book on the shelves of Barnes & Noble and keynote speeches on stages across the globe. 

Moderators
avatar for Dave Knox

Dave Knox

Author, Investor, & Brand Marketer, Predicting The Turn
As a Brand Builder, Venture Investor, and Startup Advisor, Dave Knox brings a blend of classical marketing acumen along with entrepreneurial instinct to navigate a changing business landscape. He is recognized throughout the industry as an innovator that bridges the worlds between... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Todd Henry

Todd Henry

Founder and Author, Innovator Health
I write books, speak internationally on creativity, productivity, and passion for work, and help people and teams generate brilliant ideas. In short, I’m an arms dealer for the creative revolution.
avatar for Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Author and speaker, Story Makers LLC
Paul is one of the world’s leading experts in business storytelling. He’s one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers of 2018, a storytelling coach, and bestselling author of the books Sell with a Story, Lead with a Story, and Parenting with a Story. He holds an MBA from... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

3:00pm

The Story of an Enlightened Experience: How I started the first African-American-Owned Brewery in Cincinnati
Limited Capacity seats available

Brian Jackson will share how he started out as a home brewer and what it took to start Esoteric Brewing Company in Walnut Hills and the critical ecosystem relationships that all played a role in the journey.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Jackson

Brian Jackson

CEO, Esoteric Brewing


Monday October 8, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

3:00pm

Fireside Chat with Veteran Entrepreneurs Starting Businesses
Limited Capacity seats available

An incredible peek into the work of Bunker Labs and the entrepreneurs they support during this fireside chat with Pete Georgeff.

Speakers
avatar for Michael McNett

Michael McNett

Executive Director, Bunker Labs
I'm interested in connecting with any current or aspiring entrepreneurs who happen to be military veterans or first responders (and their spouses). Similarly, I'd love to connect with anyone that would like to help our organization in educating, inspiring, or connecting with these... Read More →


Monday October 8, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

4:30pm

Turning Tables and Climbing Ladders - The Women in Digital Story
Don't miss this opportunity to hear from Women in Digital founder - Alaina Shearer (and City Champion of the Cincinnati Chapter Amy Vaughan) - as they share the progress and challenges of the fastest-growing national association for women in digital who pledge to trade their power with each other.

Speakers
avatar for Alaina Shearer

Alaina Shearer

Founder and Original Member, Women in Digital
I founded and lead Women in Digital, a network of over 1,500 marketing, advertising and communication professionals across the country who trade their knowledge, connections and power on a daily basis.
avatar for Amy Vaughan

Amy Vaughan

Managing Creative Director, Epipheo
I have two passions/jobs. The first is creating ah-ha moments through video as the managing creative director at Epipheo. And the other is bringing women together to exchange their knowledge and power as the City Champion for the Cincinnati Chapter of Women in Digital.


Monday October 8, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

4:30pm

Optimizing the Customer Onboarding Process in a Digital Age
In a world of Digitization on every front, how do you successfully meet expectations from a customer point of view? Join us for real world examples of challenges faced by the transforming organization, both technical and organizational; and the results achieved.

Speakers
DR

Darren Rehrer

National Director, Process Excellence, Centric Consulting


Monday October 8, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

6:00pm

Happy Hour at Three Points Urban Brewery powered by Bunker Labs/Centric Consulting
Join us for drinks and refreshments at 3 Points Brewery, 331 E 13th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

3 Points Urban Brewery opened its doors June 1st in 2018 amid a quickly changing Pendleton neighborhood and marketplace within Cincinnati. Join Marketing Manager Aaron Westendorf as he discusses the marketing of a neighborhood and community, not just a new brewery.



Monday October 8, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Three Points Urban Brewery 331 E 13th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
 
Tuesday, October 9
 

8:00am

Morning Coffee powered by Centric Consulting + ArtsWave: Arts x Tech
It's the gasoline to your engine. Zoom zoom.


Tuesday October 9, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

9:00am

Hillman Accelerator Class of '18 Demo Day LIVESTREAM
Join us at Union Hall to celebrate Hillman Accelerator's second cohort, Class of 2018, as we livestream their Demo Day. To attend Hillman's Demo Day in person, register at on this Eventbrite page.

Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 11:30am
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

9:00am

Hillman Demo Day - IN PERSON @ Memorial Hall
FOLLOW LINK HERE TO ATTEND HILLMAN DEMO DAY IN PERSON

You are cordially invited to Hillman Accelerator’s Class of 2018 Demo Day at Memorial Hall in OTR Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday October 9, 2018. The doors will open at 9:00am, the program will begin promptly at 9:30am.

Directly following pitches light appetizers and networking will start at 11a. Connect with our founders, entrepreneurs, investors and community partners from all over the country. We hope you attend this highly anticipated event!

Not local? Follow us on Facebook to join the live stream. Click Here to follow.

Speakers
avatar for Candice Matthews

Candice Matthews

Hillman Accelerator


Tuesday October 9, 2018 9:00am - 11:30am
Memorial Hall 1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

12:00pm

Sometimes You Wanna Go Where Everybody Knows Your Name
3 Points Urban Brewery opened its doors June 1st in 2018 amid a quickly changing Pendleton neighborhood and marketplace within Cincinnati. Join Marketing Manager Aaron Westendorf as he discusses the marketing of a neighborhood and community, not just a new brewery.

Speakers
AW

Aaron Westendorf

Marketing Manager, 3 Points Urban Brewery


Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

12:00pm

How a Techie and Athlete Teamed up to Deliver a Whole New View From the Field
Limited Capacity seats available

The story of starting ActionStreamer and the journey towards equipping referees with cameras to open up the sports industry to new technology.

Speakers
avatar for Dhani Jones

Dhani Jones

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author, Host, Founder, ActionStreamer
Dhani Jones is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, NFL linebacker, author, host and explorer who began his career in the NFL playing with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals. For Jones, the NFL was a jumping-off point and, in 2010, he launched his philanthropic... Read More →
avatar for Chris McLennan

Chris McLennan

CTO, ActionStreamer


Tuesday October 9, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

1:30pm

From Startup to Seed
Limited Capacity seats available

What are Startup Accelerators, Angels and VCs looking for when they make an investment?  This session will explore the requirements to investment at each stage. 

Speakers
avatar for Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis

Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis

Community + Product Manager, Backstage Capital
Anastasia is the Community + Product Manager at Backstage Capital. In her role she creates and manages internal programming that supports the Headliners, Backstage's portfolio companies. She also serves as a program manager for the recently announced Backstage Accelerator. Addi... Read More →
avatar for JB Woodruff

JB Woodruff

Managing Director, UpTech
JB Woodruff currently serves as the Managing Director of the UpTech accelerator and Commercialization Director for Tri-ED.  His passion and experience for helping others, teaching, storytelling, graphic design, and technology are prevalent in his work with startups. 


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

1:30pm

Preparing for Hypergrowth
Limited Capacity seats available

Preparing your startup or company for hypergrowth, as told from an experience founder and VC.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Schigel

Tim Schigel

Partner, Refinery Ventures


Tuesday October 9, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

3:00pm

Cincinnati Entrepreneurs' Organization presents the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards regional competition
Since 2005, EO GSEA has celebrated the accomplishments of full-time undergraduate students who own and run revenue-generating businesses. This prestigious program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to showcase their business while connecting with like-minded peers and networking with the CEOs of the world’s fastest-growing businesses.

Watch three full-time local university student entrepreneurs show their entrepreneurial passion. If you want to be inspired, listen to these entrepreneurs who juggle going to school full-time with growth-oriented, revenue-generating businesses. This is not another pitch competition, these are full-time students who have already launched businesses going head-to-head in front of local entrepreneurial judges. You won't want to miss this energizing event.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Homer

Mark Homer

CEO, GNGF
Empowering & Educating Law Firms to Grow Their Business | Passionate Entrepreneur Growing Startups, Teams & People | I’m the author of a #1 best selling book on Digital Marketing for Law Firms, CEO of GNGF (Get Noticed Get Found), Digital Marketing Agency for Law Firms and International... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

3:00pm

Identifying and Nurturing Brand Advocates
Limited Capacity seats available

Establishing an account on social media and pushing out content is half of the battle. The other half is putting your brand in the hands of people who are better connected, oftentimes better at telling your story, and carry more trust with the people you want to reach. The team at Dooley Media will show you how to research what and who influences someone’s purchase decision and then how to invite and nurture a growing list of socially connected brand builders who are ready to recruit your next wave of customers.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Dooley

Matthew Dooley

CEO, Food Rescue


Tuesday October 9, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

4:30pm

Cincinnati Entrepreneurs' Organization presents: 'Everything I Learned at Amazon About Scale' keynote by Micah Baldwin, Madrona Venture Group Innovation Center
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us to listen to Seattle-based startup advisor Micah Baldwin discuss what startups and entrepreneurs can learn about scale from Amazon, a company that we all know has achieved unprecedented scale and disruption in multiple industries.

Meanwhile, the judges will be deliberating from the previous session's Global Student Entrepreneur Awards pitch competition.  The winner will be announced at the end of THIS session!


Speakers
avatar for Micah Baldwin

Micah Baldwin

Executive Director, Madrona Venture Group Innovation Center, Madrona Ventures
Micah Baldwin is the recently announced Executive Director of Seattle's Madrona Venture Group Innovation Center. Baldwin spent three-and-a-half years as a senior business development and product manager building and operating AWS Connections, a program designed to help startups grow... Read More →
avatar for Mark Homer

Mark Homer

CEO, GNGF
Empowering & Educating Law Firms to Grow Their Business | Passionate Entrepreneur Growing Startups, Teams & People | I’m the author of a #1 best selling book on Digital Marketing for Law Firms, CEO of GNGF (Get Noticed Get Found), Digital Marketing Agency for Law Firms and International... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • about Micah Baldwin is the recently announced Executive Director of Seattle's Madrona Venture Group Innovation Center. Baldwin spent three-and-a-half years as a senior business development and product manager building and operating AWS Connections, a program designed to help startups grow through connections to large enterprises.<br><br>In his 20+ year career, Baldwin has been a multi-time founder, active angel investor, fundraiser, and operator, having grown multiple businesses to millions in ARR. Baldwin has been an active and sought-after advisor for Tuesday Ventures, Techstars, Expa and other funds, accelerators, and startups. He is passionate about startups and startup ecosystems.

4:30pm

Founder Institute: Bootstrapping Your Way into a Startup
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Speakers
avatar for Michael Hiles

Michael Hiles

Director, 10XTS
Michael Hiles (aka “HilesFiles”) is CEO/Founder 10XTS. He is a digital 10native with 25+ years of software engineering, data, and information architecture experience with enterprise systems. As a senior exec with cross-over experience in multiple subsectors and industry segments... Read More →


Tuesday October 9, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

6:00pm

Accelerator Alumni Pitch Night: "Where are they now" + Happy Hour at Rosedale powered by Amazon Web Services/Entrepreneurs Organization
Join us for drinks and refreshments at The Rosedale, 208 E 12th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

We are inviting back our Accelerator Alumni  for a "Where are They Now" Pitch Night! The evening's conversation will be moderated by CrownMob Founder and CEO and UpTech alum Rico Grant!

Speakers
avatar for Rico Grant

Rico Grant

Founder and CEO, Crownmob

Sponsors

Tuesday October 9, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Rosedale 208 E 12th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
 
Wednesday, October 10
 

8:00am

Morning Coffee powered by Centric Consulting + ArtsWave: Arts x Tech
Half way there. Livin' on a prayer. (You'll have this song stuck in your head now. Sorry not sorry.)


Wednesday October 10, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

9:00am

The Ultimate Product-Market Fit: When Founders Build Product for Themselves
Limited Capacity seats available

An unlikely story - two teachers-turned-tech directors built a software platform for a school district just north of Cincinnati.  Not entrepreneurs.  Just two people trying to make their lives easier and free up the time for a lot of teachers so they could focus on the kiddos.  This led to a startup called Abre.

The biggest challenge for any startup isn't sales.  It isn't understanding finance and accounting.  And its not marketing.  If the product doesn't fit the marketplace you intend to serve then all the other things don't matter.  But for Abre, the product-market fit was built into the proposition.  The product was initially designed to make the jobs of the two co-founders easier and better for their internal customers, teachers.  That "fit" has translated to over 100 other schools adopting it and over 500,000 monthly active users in less than nine months of operations.  Now they spend their time focusing on all those other challenges as the fast growing startup grows up.  

This panel style Q&A will reflect on those critical early decisions and experiences like "why open source it?", "how did you decide to start the company?" and "what have been the biggest challenges in leaving the school for a startup?"

Moderators
avatar for Damon Ragusa

Damon Ragusa

CEO, Abre
Damon Ragusa is the business Co-founder and CEO at Abre.  He previously founded an advanced analytics and custom software company and a marketing attribution software company, ThinkVine.  Although Damon hasn't been a K12 teacher or worked for a school district he has adopted the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Rose

Chris Rose

Abre
Chris Rose is the Co-founder and VP of Product at Abre.  He is responsible for developing and driving Abre’s overall product strategy.  Chris was most recently the Associate Technology Director at Hamilton City Schools.  Prior to that he was a high school math teacher.  An accomplished... Read More →
avatar for Zach Vander Veen

Zach Vander Veen

Abre
Zach Vander Veen is the Co-Founder and VP of Instruction for Abre.io.  Zach’s role is to always maintain the voice-of-the-buyer in everything Abre does - since he was, up to very recently, the actual buyer.  He held the role of Technology Director at Hamilton City School District... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

9:00am

Tech For Good
Limited Capacity seats available

Tech makes startups scaleable and investable. Tech can also be leveraged to increase impact in the social sector. Facilitated by Flywheel, Cincinnati’s social startup accelerator, and moderated by experts in the space, a panel of practitioners will share how they have leveraged tech for good.

Moderators
avatar for Bill Tucker

Bill Tucker

Executive Director, Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub
Bill Tucker leads Flywheel's work in the social enterprise sector, businesses that are purpose built to have a double bottom line of profit and social impact. A former business executive Bill transferred his talents to the social enterprise sector in 2011. Under his leadership, Flywheel... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Aude

Aaron Aude

Director/National Practice Lead, Centric Consulting
Aaron has more than 20 years of information systems experience in project management, global development and outsourcing strategy, application architecture and construction. Aaron also formed, managed and successfully grew an automotive practice, started up a Microsoft Information... Read More →
avatar for John Guckenberger

John Guckenberger

US Operations Director, Back2Back Ministries
John Guckenberger has been on staff with Back2Back Ministries since 2005. Back2Back's focus is to serve the orphan and vulnerable child around the world.   He and his family have lived and served at Back2Back's Monterrey, Mexico and Jos, Nigeria sites for 7years.  John currently... Read More →
avatar for Johnmark Oudersluys

Johnmark Oudersluys

Executive Director, CityLink Center
Johnmark Oudersluys has enjoyed the privilege of leading the launch and growth of CityLink Center, a large-scale and innovative approach to the massive challenge of poverty.  CityLink launched in 2013 as a holistic approach, bringing together top social services under one roof, and... Read More →
avatar for Andy Park

Andy Park

Partner and VP of Enterprise Solutions, Centric Consulting
Andy is a founding member of Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub, and currently presides as Board President. Mr. Park is a Vice President and Partner at Centric Consulting, a Business Consulting and Technology Solutions Firm with over 20 years of Consulting experience.  Mr. Park co-leads... Read More →
avatar for JB Woodruff

JB Woodruff

Managing Director, UpTech
JB Woodruff currently serves as the Managing Director of the UpTech accelerator and Commercialization Director for Tri-ED.  His passion and experience for helping others, teaching, storytelling, graphic design, and technology are prevalent in his work with startups. 


Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

10:30am

FC Cincinnati Story
Limited Capacity seats available

The ultimate startup story.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Berding

Jeff Berding

General Manager, FC Cincinnati


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

10:30am

Funding "Chalk Talk"
Limited Capacity seats available

A 1-hour "chalk talk" (read: a whiteboard will be used) which covers all the instruments and jargon involved in seed rounds. You won't want to miss this one.

Speakers
avatar for David Willbrand

David Willbrand

Partner, UC Law
At Thompson Hine, I am the Chairperson of the firm's Early Stage & Emerging CompanyPractice. I primarily work with tech and biotech:Entrepreneurs and emerging companies,Accelerators and incubators,Early-stage investors and venture capital funds, andResearch institutions and corporate... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

12:00pm

Building a Diverse Network
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Candice Matthews

Candice Matthews

Hillman Accelerator


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

12:00pm

From the West Coast to Cincinnati: A Story of Starts, with open Q&A
I am a creator. I am a builder. I am an inventor. My dad worked at a construction company, and my mom worked at a bakery. I was that kid that was always taking things apart to see how they worked, and while I rarely had trouble putting them back together again, I loved to see where improvements could be made. It helped me always question how things were, and what they were capable of. 

That mentality will always remain a cornerstone of my career. Whether it’s a new app, experience, team or workflow, I will always ask myself “How can we make this better?” I believe that one of the reasons I am drawn to our industry and my roles within it, are that they allow me to ask “How can we make this better?” as part of my daily responsibilities.

I will tell my story of being on the West Coast and coming back to Cincinnati, starting up new ventures, investing in others' ventures, and answer any questions from the audience!

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Budke

Ryan Budke

Partner, Hamilton Labs


Wednesday October 10, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

1:30pm

The Secrets Behind Startups: Building, Maintaining and Scaling Tech Companies in the Midwest
Limited Capacity seats available

Join key professionals and engineers from Cincinnati's top startups to discuss what it's like to help build technology startups in #StartupCincy.

We will discuss acquisitions, building and scaling products, hiring, education, diversity, failures, successes, and much more.

Bring your best questions!  We hope to have a thorough and open discussion on technology and what it takes to build a software company in Cincinnati today.

Moderators
avatar for Jake Boyles

Jake Boyles

Front End Engineer, Ahalogy
Jake has been writing and developing software since he was 12 years old. He has a deep passion in helping others learn and develop their own careers. Jake was the Front End Engineering Instructor for The Iron Yard while it was located in Cincinnati. He is now the lead Front End Engineer... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robin Bonatesta

Robin Bonatesta

Full Stack Developer, Cladwell
avatar for Aaron Brongersma

Aaron Brongersma

VP of Engineering, NaviStone
I enjoy building and scaling infrastructure, devops and product engineering teams.
avatar for Brian Cerchio

Brian Cerchio

Director of IT, Everything But The House
avatar for Taron Foxworth

Taron Foxworth

Technical Evangelist, Losant
Taron Foxworth is focused on one question: How do we create more engineers? His goal is to translate technology for people to learn, love, and be inspired. Taron is the Technical Evangelist at Losant, organizer of Hack Cincy and Hillman Friday. As a Technical Evangelist, his main... Read More →
avatar for Chris Ridenour

Chris Ridenour

CTO, Cladwell
On my third tour of duty as CTO at Cladwell, I previously co-founded both LISNR and Casamatic as CTO. I believe in building only what's necessary to validate the idea and keeping as nimble as possible. | | Together with other amazing people in the community, I have brought Startup... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

1:30pm

Crowdfunding: How to Raise Seed Capital
Are you startup looking to raise capital? Or perhaps an everyday investor wanting to invest in startups?

Raising early-stage capital is really HARD. Whether you're a brewery, a tech startup, or a blockchain company, there are a lot of landmines to navigate and it's hard to find nvestors. So, why would you stick with private fundraising anymore when you can host an OPO, or On-line Public Offering, where everybody can invest in.

Not only can you reach angel investors, but you can have your friends & family invest, and can even advertise to the general public... all legally. And as an aspiring startup investor you can find vetted startups to invest in right alongside angel investors and VCs!

Join Marvin Abrinica, CEO of Wunderfund, as he shares his personal experience raising capital privately and publicly for his own startups. You'll also hear a panel from several companies who've successfully raised capital using On-line Public Offerings on Wunderfund:


Bonus if you already know what the heck Equity Crowdfunding is! Sign up below now before the room fills up.

Speakers
avatar for Marvin Abrinica

Marvin Abrinica

Founder CEO, Wunderfund
Marvin is an entrepreneur, public speaker, & advisor to many companies. He is the CEO of Wunderfund, an equity crowdfunding portal in Silicon Prairie that helps startups from breweries to tech raise capital. He also founded Thrivera, a brand agency that helps companies tell great... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

3:00pm

So you need a App/Website? Calling all startups and existing businesses: Presented by Primary Hosting & ArchPoint Ventures
This session will discuss the real needs of tech development in order to start or improve your business (without maxing out your budget). Use case demonstrations will be provided.


Speakers
avatar for Chris Brock

Chris Brock

CEO, Primary Hosting
Chris is CEO of Primary Hosting and Principal at ArchPoint Ventures. Chris is entering his second decade as an expert in the startup technology world. He has provided technology solutions for JP Morgan Chase, P&G, Scripps, Verizon, Nathans Hot Dogs, Kim K and even Hulk Hogan. He has... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence Jones

Lawrence Jones

CEO, Just Hire Me
Lawrence is the CEO of Just Hire Me and Principal at Priority Carpet Cleaning. Lawrence is a serial entrepreneur who first got involved with StartupCincy in 2015. He has went on to successfully build a startup from scratch with only grant funding to build the technology platform... Read More →


Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

3:00pm

Who Are These Robots...And Where Did They Come From?
The era of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has arrived, and it’s accelerating the pace of digital transformation in every aspect of business. From Finance, HR and Legal departments to customer service & contact centers, RPA is creating a digital workforce that helps businesses scale quickly and achieve rapid results. To thrive, you need to accelerate your RPA journey, accelerate AI implementation, accelerate customer experience and accelerate your business outcomes!

Join the conversation to hear about what this technology really is (and is not). How it applies to your business, and better understand the applicable use cases.


Speakers
avatar for Flournoy Henry

Flournoy Henry

Centric Consulting


Wednesday October 10, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

4:30pm

#UNVALLEY: New Insights and the Trends Powering Cincinnati's Startup Success
Limited Capacity seats available

Funding. Talent. Growth. Partnerships.

Where does StartupCincy see itself? How does it stack up to its peer cities?  Why should Greater Cincinnati be a destination for coastal tech talent, investors and founders?

Find out as Powderkeg and Cintrifuse reveal the Unvalley Report:  Cincinnati's Tech Census. Come hear this fast-paced session and learn how to capitalize on the trends that are defining Cincinnati's breakout moment in tech, featuring:

  • Eric Weissmann,  Cintrifuse
  • Kristen Moorfield, Cloverleaf
  • Mark Lacker, Miami University
  • Kyle Schlotman, Connetic Ventures
  • Jennifer Dauer, CincyTech
  • Tarek Kamil, Cerkl
  • Ann Mooney, Rising Moon Consulting / QCA

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Dauer

Jennifer Dauer

CincyTech
avatar for Matt Hunckler

Matt Hunckler

CEO, Powderkeg
avatar for Tarek Kamil

Tarek Kamil

Founder and CEO, Cerkl
avatar for Mark Lacker

Mark Lacker

Entrepreneurship Professor, Miami University
avatar for Ann Mooney

Ann Mooney

Owner/ CEO, Rising Moon Consulting llc
In a nutshell, I'm a Strategist. I am an 18-year P&G veteran, with deep expertise in strategy, brand-building, marketing & retail experience - as well as a unique understanding of how to fluidly navigate within big CPG's. I launched my own boutique consultancy, Rising Moon Consulting... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Moorefield

Kirsten Moorefield

Co-Founder, Cloverleaf
avatar for Kyle Schlotman

Kyle Schlotman

Chief Investment Officer, Connetic Ventures
avatar for Eric Weissmann

Eric Weissmann

vp, Cintrifuse


Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

4:30pm

Arts x Tech - Applying Technology in Non-Traditional Ways
Join us as we explore the powerful combination of arts and technology with Emily Geiger of Cintrifuse hosting a fireside chat with Cincinnati Arts and Technology Board member Kelly Kolar, ArtsWave Arts x Tech Founder Chris Ostoich and Cincinnati Arts and Technology CEO Clara Martin. We’ll explore how arts and tech have transformed hundreds of Cincinnati’s urban youth. Plus, we’ll learn how technology is transforming our arts sector regionally through ArtsWave’s ground-breaking collaboration with the start-up and business community through its Arts x Tech weekend event.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Geiger

Emily Geiger

vp, Cintrifuse
avatar for Kelly Kolar

Kelly Kolar

Kolar Design
KT

Kasey Trbovich

Cincinnati Arts and Technology Studios


Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

6:00pm

Startup Week IoT Pitch Competition powered by Main Street Ventures
We’re doing an IoT competition with Losant with a prize pool of $8,000! Details here (https://mainstreetventures.submittable.com/submit/123870/losant-iot-competition), but if there are any budding (or actual!) engineers you know please encourage them to apply. We’ll choose finalists and each will get a hardware kit worth $300 to complete their proposed project. Final awards will be on October 10th event at the Drinkery in OTR.


Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Drinkery 1150 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

6:00pm

Happy Hour at Drinkery powered by Taft/Losant
Join us for drinks and refreshments at The Drinkery OTR, 1150 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Sponsors

Wednesday October 10, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Drinkery 1150 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
 
Thursday, October 11
 

8:00am

Morning Coffee powered by Centric Consulting + Queen City Angels
At this point, just chug it.


Thursday October 11, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

9:00am

Think Local, Scale Global: A Fireside Chat with Endeavor
Learn about growing a business and the importance of supporting high-impact entrepreneurship in our region with Endeavor, the leading global entrepreneur support organization for scale-ups. The third U.S. Endeavor office is based in Louisville and currently supports 11 entrepreneurs leading 9 companies, including Rodney Williams of LISNR & Kyle Green of Handle.
 
Speakers will include:
Jackson Andrews, Managing Director at Endeavor 
Kyle Green, Founder & CEO of Handle, Endeavor Entrepreneur
Patrick Henshaw, VP - Growth, Startups & Tech at Cintrifuse
 
About Endeavor Global:
Founded in 1997, Endeavor works to select and support high-growth / high-impact entrepreneurs in underserved and overlooked markets. Endeavor works to provide entrepreneurs access to talent, markets, and capital so that they can drive job creation, wealth creation, & reinvestment in their home markets and beyond; thus inspiring others to think bigger and pay-it-forward. Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently operates in 32 countries and 5 U.S. markets with the 3rd U.S. office based in Louisville. 
With support from Endeavor’s worldwide mentor network, 'Endeavor Entrepreneurs' have created over 1.5 million jobs and generated $15+ billion in revenues in 2017. These entrepreneurs continue to inspire and catalyze entire eco-systems. By thinking locally and scaling globally they are upending old conventions of what is possible anywhere. 


About HANDLE:
HANDLE is an asset recovery and alternative sourcing platform that allows healthcare systems to buy and sell high-quality excess medical inventory, supplies, and equipment at competitive rates via its desktop and mobile applications.

Speakers
avatar for Jackson Andrews

Jackson Andrews

Managing Director, Endeavor
Founded in 1997 & built around an unparalleled global network, Endeavor supports high-growth / high-impact entrepreneurs in 32 countries & 5 U.S. markets by providing access to talent, markets, & capital. In 2017, Endeavor Entrepreneur led companies generated $15B+ in revenue and... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Green

Kyle Green

Healthcare Asset Network
HANDLE is an asset recovery and alternative sourcing platform that allows healthcare systems to buy and sell high-quality excess medical inventory, supplies, and equipment at competitive rates via its desktop and mobile applications.
avatar for Patrick Henshaw

Patrick Henshaw

VP - Growth, Startups & Tech, Cintrifuse


Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

9:00am

Tech Frontier Series: Customer Experience AR/VR
Limited Capacity seats available

What to expect from Tech Frontier?
Tech Frontier is about bringing together enterprise technology leaders with its active network of experts, venture capitalists, and high-growth startups. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have been an up and coming technology for years. However now, with enough investment in the technology, the uses for this outside of gaming not only appear to be limitless but finally accessible to businesses of any size. Join us as we discuss real-life use cases within the Retail, Industrial, and Healthcare space.

What will you experience at the event:
- Educate and expose participants on applicable use cases of AR and VR to underserved business problem sets
- Break-down preconceived barrier to entry to using AR and VR as a solution
- Showcase best-of-breed AR/VR startups

What exactly is VR and AR?
Virtual reality takes us some place else and immerses the user in any virtual environment imaginable.
Augmented reality however, takes our current reality and adds something to it. What’s a simple example to explain the two? Think Safari vs. the Zoo. VR allows you to run with cheetahs in the savanna, while AR allows you to bring cheetahs into your daily city life.

Schedule:
  • 8:30 am – Breakfast & Networking (Coffee presented by Centric Consulting + Queen City Angels)
  • 9:00 am – Opening Keynote by a AR/VR Thought Leader
  • 9:30 am – Presentations by P&G, Cincinnati Children's, General Mills, and Gensuite
  • 10:45 am - Lightning Pitches by Startups
  • 11:15 am – Open the Circus! Participants can walk through booths to demo the startup technology.

Speakers
avatar for Myra Ballentine

Myra Ballentine

Managing Partner, Vectre
avatar for Jim Boyd

Jim Boyd

General Mills
avatar for Craig Douglass

Craig Douglass

Contact CI
RJ

Roland Joseph

Procter & Gamble
avatar for Dr. Ryan Moore

Dr. Ryan Moore

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
avatar for Lily Snyder

Lily Snyder

Tech Enthusiast | Speaker | Writer, AR/VR Consultant
VR Startup Co-founder, COO, and all around tech enthusiast. I love helping people solve business problems with technology. I'd love to talk about virtual reality, digital transformation, and IT project management. I look forward to meeting you at Techstars Startup Week!
avatar for Jenny Yu

Jenny Yu

Gensuite



Thursday October 11, 2018 9:00am - 11:30am
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

10:30am

So, You Want to Be An Angel Investor?
Hear from 8 QCA angel investors on numerous topics relating to angel investing

Welcome and Agenda Review                                                                  Scott Jacobs
Who are Angels (Highlights from American Angel study)                   Theresa Sedlack    
Angel Investing Overview                                                                          Steve Baggott
       Brief overview of how angel investing works, funding, diversified-portfolio, exits  
QCA Overview - Formation, history                                                         Tony Shipley
Board Structure & Governance                                                                 Dan Geeding
Pitching Angels                                                                                            Pete Effler
Coaching & Mentoring Entrepreneurs                                                    Ann Mooney
How to Get Involved and Learn More                                                      Sue Baggott

Speakers
avatar for Steve Baggott

Steve Baggott

Managing Director, Strategic Growth Ventures LLC
Consulting practice specializing in open innovation and business collaborations. Member of Queen City Angels, and advisor to and investor in exceptional entrepreneurs.
avatar for Sue Baggott

Sue Baggott

President, Power Within Consulting, LLC
avatar for Scott Jacobs

Scott Jacobs

Executive Director, Queen City Angels
avatar for Ann Mooney

Ann Mooney

Owner/ CEO, Rising Moon Consulting llc
In a nutshell, I'm a Strategist. I am an 18-year P&G veteran, with deep expertise in strategy, brand-building, marketing & retail experience - as well as a unique understanding of how to fluidly navigate within big CPG's. I launched my own boutique consultancy, Rising Moon Consulting... Read More →
TS

Theresa Sedlack

Angel Capital Association
avatar for Tony Shipley

Tony Shipley

Chairman, Queen City Angels


Thursday October 11, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

12:00pm

Valuation: Solving the Startup Riddle
Limited Capacity seats available

Valuation basics and insights to help BOTH sides understand what moves the needle.

Speakers
avatar for Daniela Yoder

Daniela Yoder

Sr. Vice President, VRC


Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

12:00pm

How Creativity & Innovation Impact Business: PRESENTED BY OCEAN CONFERENCE
Limited Capacity seats available

Creativity and innovation play important roles in the launch, growth, and health of startups. Some of the most dynamic companies in the world are those who don’t play it safe, but have pushed the edge of their industry with strategy and tactics born out of frustration, necessity, and conviction. Creativity and innovation aren’t just essential for good business… these concepts are essential for doing maximum good.

This keynote session will feature business leaders pushing the creative and innovative edge in their respective work. The panel will feature voices representing filmmakers, authors, marketers, and leaders in the fashion and apparel industry. All of whom have pushed the needle and inspire others to do the same, for the sake of advancing common good and building enduring and impactful work.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd

Founder, Rebel Pilgrim
Joe Boyd is a storyteller with a background as a teaching pastor at several large churches, an improvisational actor with The Second City, and an executive producer of more than 10 feature films. (He admits it’s a bit of a strange combination.) In 2012, Joe launched Rebel Pilgrim... Read More →
avatar for Kohl Crecelius

Kohl Crecelius

Krochet Kids International
Kohl has over a decade of experience as a social entrepreneur in the fashion industry.  Through his work as CEO & Co-founder Krochet Kids intl., and now KNOWN SUPPLY, he has worked to create sustainable social impact models on the ground and greater awareness to shoppers about the... Read More →
avatar for Beth Troy

Beth Troy

Author
Beth Troy is a writer and entrepreneurship instructor at Miami University. Last summer, she published her first novel, Lu, an unflinching and authentic story of a modern woman's journey to finding God, and is currently writing the sequel. She also teaches courses in creativity and women and entrepreneurship for Miami's Farmer School of Business. Beth lives in Oxford, Ohio with her husband, Matt, and... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • OCEAN Website www.oceanprograms.com

1:30pm

Translating Innovation: How to Establish & Accelerate Thought Leadership
Limited Capacity seats available

Startups possess all the key ingredients of thought leadership: big ideas, disruptive perspectives, outrageous talent. But with time devoted to product iteration, market analysis, investor pitches, strategic planning, it's not easy to spread the genius behind your innovations. What strategies can founders use to become innovation evangelists? This keynote will address key strategies for launching, establishing, and accelerating your startup's thought leadership. Weaving powerful examples with practical strategies, this talk will inspire and equip the startup community to call themselves thought leaders--and bring their vision of leadership to life.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Trauth Taylor

Katie Trauth Taylor

CEO, Untold Content, LLC
As a PhD level technical writer, grant writer, and content strategist, it is my joy to own and operate Untold Content, LLC--a writing consultancy for thought leaders. Inspired by scientific and technological innovation, we provide professional writing services and training experiences... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

1:30pm

The Role of Incubation with Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Topics include:

How can you leverage your network, mentors & busines coaches, and an incubation program to better your business opportunity?   We'll discuss the flow from Ideation to Implementation.  We'll chat about "How incubation programs differ from other development programs" and how incubation programs are a solid approach to winning and growing the local startup environment.  HCDC Business Center has been operating in #StartUpCincy since 1989 and we know a thing or 2 cause we've seen a thing or 2.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Longo

Patrick Longo

VP / Director, HCDC Business Center
Been growing the #StartUpCincy ecosystem since 1996! Incubation, technology commercialization, access to capital, revenue growth, and all things startups are my thing. Been engaged with over 350 Cincinnati based startups in my tenure and love when clients succeed. Love Physical... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

3:00pm

Cincy is a Maker Town
Limited Capacity seats available

Cincinnati is a city that has a historic strength in making, marketing, and selling physical things. Come learn a little about how we’ve been helping physical product entrepreneurs start and scale here through our First Batch accelerator and other efforts. We’ll talk about some of the challenges we’ve encountered in our ecosystem specific to making things and what we’re doing to connect the resources to help.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Anthony

Matt Anthony

Program Manager, First Batch


Thursday October 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

3:00pm

Building a SHEcosystem
Representing ECDI and the Greater Cincinnati Women's Business Center- provides business training education, mentoring and access to capital.

Speakers
avatar for Ella Frye

Ella Frye

Director, The Women's Business Center - ECDI
Spearheading the Women's Business Center in Cincinnati is Ella Frye, as Executive Director. In her role, Ella has launched the Cincinnati office, promoting WBC lending and training services, establishing relationships with community members, raising company awareness, and disbursing... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

4:30pm

Founder's Institute Showcase: The Launch of FI's Latest Class
Speakers
avatar for Founder's Institute Showcase (Host)

Founder's Institute Showcase (Host)

Founder's Institute
The Founder Institute is the world's premier pre-seed startup accelerator, having helped launch over 3,300 companies across 180+ cities and six continents.We help pre-funding entrepreneurs and teams build an enduring company by establishing a critical support network of local st... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hiles

Michael Hiles

Director, 10XTS
Michael Hiles (aka “HilesFiles”) is CEO/Founder 10XTS. He is a digital 10native with 25+ years of software engineering, data, and information architecture experience with enterprise systems. As a senior exec with cross-over experience in multiple subsectors and industry segments... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Homeroom, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA

4:30pm

Giving Back: The Shift...the United Way's accelerator program
Caitlin has spent the greater part of her career finding new ways to use creativity for good. Early on, she dedicated her time promoting and coaching local musicians and artists as a writer, band manager and event producer. Witnessing local music’s impact on community and economic development inspired her to join ArtWorks as their Creative Enterprise Manager where she managed their business development program for creative entrepreneurs. She also ran Second Sunday on Main, a grassroots street festival in her neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine.

With a natural curiosity and a love of people, Design Impact’s focus on research and storytelling felt like a natural fit. In addition to working on community development projects, Caitlin also leads DI’s communications efforts. She has presented at the Americans for the Arts Convention, Ohio Hunger Dialogues, and the Ohio FSFB Summit, and through written pieces for ArtPlace.
Caitlin graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Electronic Media and a Certificate of Journalism.

United Way’s The Shift – Join United Way and Design Impact to hear how  a 100 year old organization embraces its inner startup to help bring innovative ideas to the community. The Shift, a United Way initiative, brings together local talent to start up innovative concepts to help improve lives. Find out how skills and talent are being brought together to change our community for the better and how you can be part of the change.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Behle

Caitlin Behle

Social Innovation Specialist, Design Impact
Caitlin Behle - https://d-impact.org/caitlinbehle/Caitlin has spent the greater part of her career finding new ways to use creativity for good. Early on, she dedicated her time promoting and coaching local musicians and artists as a writer, band manager and event producer. Witnessing local music’s impact on community and economic devel... Read More →


Thursday October 11, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

6:00pm

OCEAN x Startup Week Mashup | OCEAN Conference: Keynotes, Pitch Contest, Panels
This year Startup Week and OCEAN Conference are combining forces to bring an even bigger focus to entrepreneurship in the region. This is the fourth year of OCEAN Conference (previously, Unpolished Conference), which will gather close to 1,000 entrepreneurs for two days of education, inspiration, and community building. National speakers like Seth Godin, Jason Mayden, and Cashmere Nicole will be sharing throughout Thursday and Friday at the conference venue, Crossroads Oakley.

The Thursday night session of OCEAN Conference is a collaborative effort with Startup Week that will serve as the culmination of Startup Week and the opening MainStage session of OCEAN Conference. Startup Week participants who have picked up their name badge and registered for this session are invited to attend this unique event for FREE. Steeply discounted admission to the full Ocean Conference is available to all Startup Week attendees using the code: StartupCincy

Highlights of this Thursday session include:

  • A pitch contest with a $5,000 cash prize. Accepting submissions until October 9th. Find details at: OceanConference.org
  • Keynote presentation from Annie F. Downs. Annie is the Nashville based, bestselling author of 100 Days to Brave, Let’s All be Brave, and host of the extremely popular “That Sounds Fun” podcast.
  • Special message from Crossroads Church founding pastor, Brian Tome
  • Founder panel featuring 3 incredible entrepreneurs who will share their “Worth It” stories. Learn about the wins, losses, and reasons to persevere in the entrepreneurial journey.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd

Founder, Rebel Pilgrim
Joe Boyd is a storyteller with a background as a teaching pastor at several large churches, an improvisational actor with The Second City, and an executive producer of more than 10 feature films. (He admits it’s a bit of a strange combination.) In 2012, Joe launched Rebel Pilgrim... Read More →
avatar for Kohl Crecelius

Kohl Crecelius

Krochet Kids International
Kohl has over a decade of experience as a social entrepreneur in the fashion industry.  Through his work as CEO & Co-founder Krochet Kids intl., and now KNOWN SUPPLY, he has worked to create sustainable social impact models on the ground and greater awareness to shoppers about the... Read More →
avatar for Annie F. Downs

Annie F. Downs

Author, Speaker, Podcaster, AnnieFDowns.com
avatar for Beth Troy

Beth Troy

Author
Beth Troy is a writer and entrepreneurship instructor at Miami University. Last summer, she published her first novel, Lu, an unflinching and authentic story of a modern woman's journey to finding God, and is currently writing the sequel. She also teaches courses in creativity and women and entrepreneurship for Miami's Farmer School of Business. Beth lives in Oxford, Ohio with her husband, Matt, and... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Crossroads Oakley 3500 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
  • OCEAN Website www.OceanPrograms.com

8:00pm

Happy Hour @ Madtree
Come join us for one last happy hour at Madtree Brewery! Hope to see you there!


Thursday October 11, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Madtree Brewery 3301 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209
 
Friday, October 12
 

8:00am

Morning Coffee powered by Centric Consulting + ArtsWave: Arts x Tech + Queen City Angels
#FuelUpFriday (I hate how cheesy but catchy that is.)


Friday October 12, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Beer Hall, Union Hall 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

9:00am

Open House at Union Hall
Catch up on that E-mail that you have ignored all week!

Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
TBA 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

9:00am

OCEAN Conference - Separate Ticket Required
Limited Capacity seats available

This year Startup Week and OCEAN Conference are combining forces to bring an even bigger focus to entrepreneurship in the region. This is the fourth year of OCEAN Conference (previously, Unpolished Conference), which will gather close to 1,000 entrepreneurs for two days of education, inspiration, and community building. National speakers like Seth Godin, Jason Mayden, and Cashmere Nicole will be sharing throughout Thursday and Friday at the conference venue, Crossroads Oakley.

While the Thursday night session of OCEAN Conference is complimentary to Startup Week participants who have picked up their name badge and registered for this session, the workshops on Thursday and the Friday MainStage sessions are ticketed events. Steeply discounted admission to the full Ocean Conference is available to all Startup Week attendees using the code: StartupCincy. Register here.

Highlights of OCEAN Conference include:

  • A pitch contest with a $5,000 cash prize. Accepting submissions until October 9th. Find details at: OceanConference.org
  • Keynote presentation from Seth Godin. Seth is the best-selling author of more than 18 titles, including Permission Marketing and Purple Cow.
  • Keynote presentations other great leaders such as Annie F. Downs, Todd Henry, Joe Boyd, Jason Mayden, Kohl Crecelius, Chuck Mingo, Cashmere Nicole, and more.
  • Incredible opportunities for networking with fellow attendees and value adding partners like SCORE mentoring, The Living Room, The Bauke Group, and tons of others.
  • Founder panels featuring  incredible entrepreneurs who will share their “Worth It” stories. Learn about the wins, losses, and reasons to persevere in the entrepreneurial journey.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd

Founder, Rebel Pilgrim
Joe Boyd is a storyteller with a background as a teaching pastor at several large churches, an improvisational actor with The Second City, and an executive producer of more than 10 feature films. (He admits it’s a bit of a strange combination.) In 2012, Joe launched Rebel Pilgrim... Read More →
avatar for Kohl Crecelius

Kohl Crecelius

Krochet Kids International
Kohl has over a decade of experience as a social entrepreneur in the fashion industry.  Through his work as CEO & Co-founder Krochet Kids intl., and now KNOWN SUPPLY, he has worked to create sustainable social impact models on the ground and greater awareness to shoppers about the... Read More →
avatar for Seth Godin

Seth Godin

Founder, Author, Blogger, Seth Godin
uke Dooley is the Vice-President of Program at Ocean, a non-profit effort engaging the conversation around the intersection of faith and entrepreneurship. Ocean serves founders by providing access to education, community, and inspiration through a variety of programs, events, and... Read More →
avatar for Todd Henry

Todd Henry

Founder and Author, Innovator Health
I write books, speak internationally on creativity, productivity, and passion for work, and help people and teams generate brilliant ideas. In short, I’m an arms dealer for the creative revolution.
avatar for Beth Troy

Beth Troy

Author
Beth Troy is a writer and entrepreneurship instructor at Miami University. Last summer, she published her first novel, Lu, an unflinching and authentic story of a modern woman's journey to finding God, and is currently writing the sequel. She also teaches courses in creativity and women and entrepreneurship for Miami's Farmer School of Business. Beth lives in Oxford, Ohio with her husband, Matt, and... Read More →



Friday October 12, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Crossroads Oakley 3500 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209
  • OCEAN Website www.oceanconference.org

12:00pm

Open House at Union Hall
Make some friends to hang out with this week, or finish catching up on that email!

Friday October 12, 2018 12:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202