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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Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson
Director
Syndicate Fund

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Gaby Blocher
Strategic Account Director
Cintrifuse

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Jessica Clarke
Project Coordinator
Cintrifuse

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Maurice Coffey
Executive on Loan
Procter & Gamble

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Karen Deime
Manager of Administration
Cintrifuse

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Nick Faulkner

Nick Faulkner
Principal
Syndicate Fund

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Ian Frampton

Ian Frampton
Analyst
Syndicate Fund

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Emily Geiger

Emily Geiger
Vice President, BigCo Innovation
Cintrifuse

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Patrick Henshaw
Vice President, Growth, Startups & Technology
Cintrifuse

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David Hollabaugh
Product Director
Spry Labs

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Laura Hughes
Events & Operations Manager
Union Hall

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Henry Molski
Marketing Manager
Cintrifuse

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Calista Sarakatsannis
Front Desk Greeter
Union Hall

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Eric Weissmann
Vice President, Communications, Community & Economic Inclusion
Cintrifuse

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Kevin Willey
Executive on Loan
The Kroger Company

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George Michael
Director of Strategic Barks
Union Hall

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Our Board

Valarie Sheppard, Chair
Senior Vice President, Comptroller and Treasurer
Procter and Gamble

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

Jim Anderson
CEO, Retired
Children's Hospital

Steve Bishop
Group President, Global Health Care
Procter and Gamble

David Cannady
Chief Strategy Officer
Mercy Health

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

John Cranley
Mayor
City of Cincinnati

Greg Crawford
President
Miami University

Mark Fahner
Vice President Corporate Business Development
Cincinnati Bell

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

Bob Gilbreath
Co-Founder and CEO
Ahalogy

Mark Heimbouch
Chief Operating Officer
Vantiv

Alex Heiman
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Standard Textile Co., Inc.

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

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

Tarek Kamil
Founder and President
Cerkl

Ryan Kean
VP, Technical Strategy & Architecture
The Kroger Company

Gary Lindgren
Executive Director
Cincinnati Business Committee

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

Julia Poston
Office Managing Partner
EY

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

Rod Robinson
Founder & CEO
ConnXus

Scott Robertson
Chairman
RCF Group

Jeff Rodgers
CFO
Michelman

Tim Schigel
Founder and President
Refinery Ventures

Joshua Smith
City Manager
City of Hamilton, Ohio

Tim Spence
EVP, Chief Strategy Officer
Fifth Third Bank

Amy Spiller
President, Ohio and Kentucky
Duke Energy

Tony Stollings
Executive Vice President and CFO
First Financial Bank

Ashish Vaidya
President
Northern Kentucky University

Tom Williams
President and CEO
North American Properties

James Zimmerman
Partner In Charge, Cincinnati
Taft

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