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


Rachel Carota
Accounting Analyst


Maurice Coffey
Executive in Residence
Procter & Gamble


Ian Frampton

Ian Frampton
Platform & Strategic Partnerships
Syndicate Fund


Santiago García
Fund Analyst
Syndicate Fund


Francisco Gomez
Fund Associate
Syndicate Fund


Oleg Kaganovich
Managing Director
Syndicate Fund


Brooke McIntosh
Executive Assistant & Office Administrator

Kathryn Prigge
Marketing & Communications Manager


Alisa Smith

Alisa Smith
Director of Corporate Innovation Services


John Stieger
COO & Startup Success Lead


Allison Traylor
Operations Manager
Syndicate Fund


Eric Weissmann
Vice President, External Relations and Union Hall Services


Mark Wood
Strategic Innovation Manager


Our Board

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

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

Jim Anderson
CEO, Retired
Children's Hospital

Kelly Beatty
EVP | Head of Payment Solutions

Steve Bishop

Steve Bishop
CEO – 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
City of Cincinnati

Greg Crawford
Miami University

Mark Fahner

Mark Fahner
Vice President Corporate Business Development
Cincinnati Bell

John Gavigan
Executive Vice President & COO
First Financial Bank

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

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

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

Candace McGraw
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Andrew Michelman
Executive VP, Corporate Development and Sustainability

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

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

Tarek Kamil

Tarek Kamil
Founder and President

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

Gary Lindgren
Cincinnati Business Committee

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

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

Rod Robinson
Senior Vice President
Insight Sourcing Group

Scott Robertson
RCF Group

Joshua Smith
City Manager
City of Hamilton, Ohio

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

Amy Spiller
President, Ohio and Kentucky
Duke Energy

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

Ashish Vaidya
Northern Kentucky University

Jeremy Vaughan
Cincinnati Office Managing Partner/Global Account Leader

Tom Williams
President and CEO
North American Properties

Mike Zelkind
Co-Founder and CEO
80 Acre Farms

James Zimmerman
Partner In Charge, Cincinnati

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