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

Calista Sarakatsannis
Front Desk Greeter
Union Hall

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Gaby Blocher
Strategic Account Director
Cintrifuse

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Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson
Director
Syndicate Fund

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Jessica Boesch
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
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Laura Hughes
Events & Operations Manager
Union Hall

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Kellie Kuzmuk
Program Manager
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Wendy Lea

Wendy Lea
CEO
Cintrifuse

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Naashom Marx
Director of Customer Connections
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Henry Molski
Marketing Manager
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Eric Weissmann
Vice President, Communications, Community & Economic Inclusion
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Kevin Willey
Executive on Loan
The Kroger Company

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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

Rahul Bawa
CEO
PowerIT Solutions

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 Mumford
Senior Vice President, Finance & CFO
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
Ahalogy

Mark Heimbouch
Chief Operating Officer
Vantiv

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

Amy Spiller
President, Ohio and Kentucky
Duke Energy

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

Tarek Kamil
Founder and President
Cerkl

Ryan Kean
VP, Technical Strategy & Architecture
The Kroger Company

Wendy Lea

Wendy Lea
CEO
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Gary Lindgren
Executive Director
Cincinnati Business Committee

Julia Poston
Office Managing Partner
EY

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

Scott Robertson
Chairman
RCF Group

Jeff Rodgers
CFO
Michelman

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

Ashish Vaidya
President
Northern Kentucky University

Tom Williams
President and CEO
North American Properties

James Zimmerman
Partner In Charge, Cincinnati
Taft

Our Success Stories

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

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