On May 17th, the Powderkeg national innovation network launched a data initiative called The Cincinnati Tech Census. 150 tech founders, employees, investors and other greater Cincinnati tech leaders weighed in on the growing tech community they call home. The resulting data answers questions such as:
We should not be apologetic for being from the Midwest. We grow up thinking we’ve got to get out of Ohio or get out of the Midwest and get to the big city. Well, I did that and I boomeranged right back.
When you look at the Cincinnati ecosystem and what we call StartupCincy, I always like to say that we’re going through our third wave of entrepreneurial growth right now. The amazing thing about Cincinnati is that it was a city started by entrepreneurs, the pioneers that drove West back in the 1800s. That first wave of entrepreneurship gave us companies like Kroger, Procter and Gamble, and the Fortune 500s of today.
Cincinnati is going through a renaissance. This is no longer a flyover city, and Ohio is no longer a flyover state when it comes to entrepreneurship and tech.