A Force for Collaborative Innovation

We have one very clear mission at Cintrifuse: to make Greater Cincinnati the #1 tech startup hub in the midwest and among the most attractive innovation hubs in the nation. This is a critical mission for our region because winning in the startup space stimulates our economy and invigorates our community. It creates jobs, brings talent, attracts investment, and unlocks our region’s potential to lead innovation in a wide range of industries.

We have everything we need to achieve this mission — and win:

  • A successful, growing venture fund
  • A national coalition of investors
  • A critical mass of Fortune 500 corporations
  • A network of world-renowned universities
  • A thriving community of winning entrepreneurs
  • And a highly engaged Board of Directors drawn from global companies, universities, venture funds, and winning startups

Our model is simple.

  • We leverage our venture fund to access cutting-edge technologies, generate strong financial returns, and create investment pools for entrepreneurs.
  • We help the largest corporations in our region discover the innovations — and innovators — that they need to grow and lead their industries.
  • And we work with entrepreneurs to start up new businesses. Then, we connect them with global. industry-leading customers right here in our own back yard.

The great news is that this model is working — and expanding. We have more than $90 million in venture capital invested and at work. We have more than 600 startups in our pipeline — more than half of which are already attracting seed and later-stage investments. We have dozens of major companies working with us to accelerate innovation. And we’re building a reputation that has corporate leaders, startup founders, and venture capitalists talking about Greater Cincinnati as the place to invest, grow and live.

We’re on a journey to the future. Come join us.

Our Team

Pete Blackshaw
CEO
Cintrifuse

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Nikki Boehmker
Controller
Cintrifuse

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Rachel Carota
Accounting Analyst
Cintrifuse

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Maurice Coffey
Executive in Residence
Procter & Gamble

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Brian Duerring
Startup Success Manager

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Santiago García
Fund Associate
Syndicate Fund

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Brooke McIntosh
Executive Assistant & Office Administrator
Cintrifuse

Kathryn Prigge
Marketing & Communications Manager
Cintrifuse

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Abby Sattar
Operations and Events Manager
Cintrifuse

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Alisa Smith

Alisa Smith
Director of Corporate Innovation Services
Cintrifuse

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John Stieger
COO & Startup Success Lead
Cintrifuse

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Allison Traylor
Operations Manager
Syndicate Fund

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Mark Wood
Strategic Innovation Manager
Cintrifuse

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Our Board

Guy Persaud, Chair
President, New Business, GLOBAL
Procter & Gamble

Bonnie Gleaves
Senior Vice President, R&D
Procter & Gamble

Paul Jenny
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Melissa Stevens
Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer
Fifth Third Bank

Kelly Beatty
EVP | Head of Payment Solutions
FIS

Mike Zelkind
Co-Founder and CEO
80 Acre Farms

Andrew Michelman
Executive VP, Corporate Development and Sustainability
Michelman

Jeremy Vaughan
Cincinnati Office Managing Partner/Global Account Leader
EY

Candace McGraw
CEO
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Robert Kalutkiewicz
VP, Strategy, New Business & Corporate Development
E.W. Scripps

Rod Robinson
Senior Vice President
Insight Sourcing Group

Joshua Smith
City Manager
City of Hamilton, Ohio

Stephanie Jenkins
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Technology & Digital
The Kroger Company

Ashish Vaidya
President
Northern Kentucky University

Greg Crawford
President
Miami University

David Adams
CEO, 1819 Innovation Hub and Chief Innovation Officer
University of Cincinnati

David Cannady
Chief Strategy Officer
Mercy Health

John Gavigan
Executive Vice President & COO
First Financial Bank

Tom Williams
President and CEO
North American Properties

Tim Spence
EVP, Head of Consumer Banking, Payments & Strategy
Fifth Third Bank

Tarek Kamil

Tarek Kamil
Founder and President
Cerkl

Scott Robertson
Chairman
RCF Group

John Cranley
Mayor
City of Cincinnati

Mark Fahner

Mark Fahner
Vice President Corporate Business Development
Cincinnati Bell

Raja Rajamannar
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and President, Healthcare Business
Mastercard

Kay Geiger
President, Ohio and Northern Kentucky Region
PNC Financial Services Group

Karen A. Chamberlain
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Western & Southern Financial Grp.

Amy Spiller
President, Ohio and Kentucky
Duke Energy

Mark Mumford
Senior Vice President, Finance & CFO
Children's Hospital

Jim Anderson
CEO, Retired
Children's Hospital

James Zimmerman
Partner In Charge, Cincinnati
Taft

Gary Lindgren
President
Cincinnati Business Committee

Brian Hodgett
Director, State Government and Community Relations
Procter and Gamble

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