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Building a mature, flourishing tech ecosystem is far from an easy task. It takes the unwavering dedication of many talented people over many years, and success is never a guarantee. But it can be done, and those working “in the trenches” of tech entrepreneurship can look to other communities that are a few steps ahead on this journey for guidance and inspiration.

Cincinnati is one such community. Nestled along the Ohio River and close to the borders of Indiana and Kentucky, Cincinnati harbors a fast-growing tech ecosystem that’s fueled by four nearby universities, large national companies such as P&G and Kroger, and dozens of innovative, venture-backed startups. The product of more than a decade of hard work and local initiatives, Cincinnati serves as a prime example of how to build a world-class tech ecosystem in the Midwest.

During Techstars’ Cincinnati Startup Week, the entire Powderkeg team traveled to Cincy to unveil the findings of the just-released 2018 Cincinnati Tech Census Report. While there, we spoke with eight influential members of the Cincinnati tech community, from entrepreneurs and investors to journalists and thought leaders, to break down the factors that have powered the growth of Cincinnati’s tech sector and highlight lessons for other communities across the country.

Download the 2018 Cincinnati Tech Census Report

 

In this episode with some of Cincinnati’s top tech entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders, you’ll learn:

  • Cincinnati’s secrets for attracting and retaining entrepreneurs and tech talent.
  • Why tech investors are committing more than ever to diversity.
  • The important role young people play in the growth of tech communities.
  • How large companies and startups can work together for mutual benefit.
  • Key steps a city must take to build a thriving entrepreneurial community.
  • A few of the most innovative Cincinnati-based startups to keep your eye on.

Please enjoy this conversation with some of Cincinnati’s brightest entrepreneurs, investors, and tech thinkers!

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Links and resources mentioned in this episode

Companies and organizations:
Startup Grind
StartupCincy
Cintrifuse
Techstars
Rising Moon Consulting
Cloverleaf
Cerkl
Procter & Gamble
Kroger
Rise of the Rest
UC S.O.A.R.
Pacific Crest Securities (now KBCM Technology Group)
Eccrine Systems
Fifth Third Bank
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Fox Interactive Media
Western & Southern Financial Group
McKinsey & Company
Differential
Spatial
tilr
Ahalogy
Quotient Technology
Cladwell
LISNR
Astronomer
Losant
Immersed VR
Frost Brown Todd Attorneys
Alchemy
Studio Science
mAccounting

Venture capital and angel investment firms:
Connetic Ventures
CincyTech
Queen City Angels
Main Street Ventures
M25
Hyde Park Venture Partners
Revolution
OpenView Venture Partners
High Alpha

Startup incubators and accelerators:
HCDC
The Brandery
Hillman Accelerator
Ocean

Universities:
Miami University
Northern Kentucky University
University of Cincinnati
Xavier University
IU Kelley School of Business

Publications:
Forbes
Inc.
Cincinnati Business Courier
CincyInno

People:
Todd Henderson (@todd_henderson)
Eric Weissmann (@eweissmann)
Jeff Barrett (@BarrettAll)
Ann Mooney (@ATMviews)
Kyle Schlotman (@Schloty)
Kirsten Moorefield (@kirstenteresa)
Mark Lacker (@marklacker)
Jennifer Dauer (@jenniferdauer1)
Tarek Kamil (@TarekKamil)
Patrick Longo (LinkedIn)
Patrick Henshaw (@LeadersOutFront)
Tim Kopp (@tbkopp)
Wendy Lea (@WendySLea)
Mike Venerable (@mvenerable)
Peg Rusconi (@PegRusconi)

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