About Cintrifuse

Created by Cincinnati’s business community, Cintrifuse is more than just a startup accelerator or venture capital fund. We are 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 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-minded companies, institutions, and organization, our work would be impossible.

Our Team

Sarah Anderson

Syndicate Fund

Jessica Boesch
Project Coordinator


Maurice Coffey
Executive on Loan

Procter & Gamble

Karen Deime
Manager of Administration


Nick Faulkner

Syndicate Fund

Ian Frampton

Syndicate Fund

Emily Geiger
Vice President, BigCo Innovation


Patrick Henshaw
Vice President, Growth, Startups & Technology


Laura Hughes
Events & Operations Manager

Union Hall

Sam Korach
Executive on Loan


Kellie Kuzmuk
Program Manager


Wendy Lea


Nick Lepore
Client Delivery Manager

Spry Labs

Naashom Marx
Director of Customer Connections


Henry Molski
Marketing Manager


Bjorn Simmons
Community Catalyst


Eric Weissmann
Vice President, Communications, Community & Economic Inclusion


Kevin Willey
Executive on Loan

The Kroger Company

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

Eric Baumgardner
Associate Director Finance and Cintrifuse Treasurer

Procter and Gamble

Rahul Bawa

PowerIT Solutions

Steve Bishop
Group President, Global Health Care

Procter and Gamble

Rich Boehne
President of the Board

Northern Kentucky University

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

Jennifer Dauer
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Growth

Children's Hospital

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


Mark Heimbouch
Chief Operating Officer


Gary Heiman
President and CEO

Standard Textile Co., Inc.

Jim Henning
President, Ohio and Kentucky

Duke Energy

Brian Hodgett
Director, State Government and Community Relations

Procter and Gamble

Tarek Kamil
Founder and President


Wendy Lea


Gary Lindgren
Executive Director

Cincinnati Business Committee

Julia Poston
Office Managing Partner


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


Scott Robertson

RCF Group

Jeff Rodgers


Tim Schigel
Founder and President

Refinery Ventures

Tim Spence
EVP, Chief Strategy Officer

Fifth Third Bank

Tony Stollings
Executive Vice President and CFO

First Financial Bank

Adam Symson
President and CEO

The E.W. Scripps Company

Tom Williams
President and CEO

North American Properties

James Zimmerman
Partner In Charge, Cincinnati


Our Success Stories

We mentor entrepreneurs and empower corporations. Here are a just a few of our successes.

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