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What does it take to create a thriving startup ecosystem in Cincinnati?

Cintrifuse was born to answer this question.


Created by Cincinnati’s business community, Cintrifuse is a startup catalyst, a public/private partnership that exists to build a sustainable tech-based economy for the Greater Cincinnati region. Our purpose is to advocate for entrepreneurs leading high-growth tech startups– attracting, inspiring, and supporting them on their journey.

Through the construction and maintenance of an Active Network of BigCos, universities, investors and startups, we are turning Cincinnati into the premier destination for startups and innovation in the Midwest.

Our Team


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  • Sarah Anderson

    Syndicate Fund, Manager

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  • Karen Deime

    Executive Assistant

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  • Nick Faulkner

    Syndicate Fund, Principal

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  • Emily Geiger

    SPRY Labs, Managing Director

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  • Patrick Henshaw

    Director of Development

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  • Laura Hughes

    Operations & Events Coordinator

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  • Sam Korach

    Executive on Loan, EY

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  • Kellie Kuzmuk

    Program Manager

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  • Wendy Lea

    Chief Executive Officer

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  • Kevin Mackey

    Director, Ops & Entrep Programming

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  • Naashom Marx

    Director, Customer Connections

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  • Eric Weissmann

    Director, Marketing & Communications
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Our Story


To ensure Cincinnati’s future economic relevance and vitality, the Cincinnati Business Committee commissioned a McKinsey study to determine what gaps need to be filled in order for entrepreneurship to flourish in the Greater Cincinnati region. Cintrifuse was created to fill those gaps.


Companies like P&G, Kroger and Western & Southern depend on Cintrifuse to help them source innovation for their business and to grow the region’s startup ecosystem. Ultimately strengthening and bolstering Greater Cincinnati’s economy. Without the support of these and other like-mined companies, institutions and organization, our work would be impossible.

Our Board


  • Valarie Sheppard

    Senior Vice President, Comptroller & Treasurer, P&G
  • Tony Stollings

    EVP and CFO, First Financial Bancorp

  • Tom Williams

    President, North American Properties

  • Tim Spence

    EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Fifth Third Bank
  • Tarek Kamil

    CEO and Founder, Cerkl

  • Scott Robertson

    Chairman, RCF Group

  • Rich Boehne

    Chairman, President and CEO, The E.W. Scripps Company

  • Rahul Bawa

    Chairman, The Hamilton Mill

  • John Cranley

    Mayor, The City of Cincinnati

  • Mark Fahner

    VP Corporate Development, Cincinnati Bell
  • Raja Rajamannar

    Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Mastercard
  • Linda Clement-Holmes

    CIO, P&G
  • Kay Geiger

    President, Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, PNC

  • Karen Chamberlain

    VP and CIO, Western & Southern Financial Group

  • Julia Poston

    Managing Partner and Ohio Valley Assurance Leader, EY

  • Jim Henning

    President, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky

  • Jennifer Dauer

    Senior Vice President, Strategy & Growth, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

  • Jim Anderson

    President and Chief Executive Officer (retired), Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

  • James Zimmerman

    Partner-in-Charge, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

  • Gary Lindgren

    Executive Director, Cincinnati Business Committee

  • Gary Heiman

    President and CEO, Standard Textile Co., Inc.

  • Eric Baumgardner

    Assoc. Finance Director, P&G

  • Brian Hodgett

    Director, Ohio Government and Community Affairs, P&G

  • Bob Gilbreath

    Co-Founder and CEO, Ahalogy

  • Wendy Lea

    CEO Cintrifuse

  • Tim Schigel

    Founder and Chairman, ShareThis

  • Steve Shifman

    President and CEO, Michelman

Want to learn more about Cintrifuse?


Then drop us a line, we’d love to connect!

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