Cincinnati's Innovation Week

Cincinnati Twinkie
Twinkie For Scale

Say this Twinkie represents the normal Twitter reach of #StartupCincy. Last week, our Twitter reach was a Twinkie 3 feet long weighing approximately 100 pounds. That’s a big Twinkie. And, for those of you who don’t use the ITCI (International Twinkie Comparison Index), that means #StartupCincy had a Twitter reach of 4.1 million.

#StartupCincy Ocean Demo Day Casamatic
Casamatic pitching at OCEAN’s Demo Day

Not only is this a record but it completely demolishes our old record of 1.4 million. The week of April 27th was huge for everyone in our startup community. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work put in by a lot of people and it was a great opportunity to showcase what makes our startup community special.

It started Wednesday with OCEAN’s very first demo day. The nation’s first faith-based accelerator’s inaugural class of ten startups pitched to a crowd of over 1000 people. After demo day, The University of Cincinnati hosted DAAPworks where students in UC’s Design, Architecture, Art and Planning program had the opportunity to show off their individual projects.

On Thursday, Cintrifuse kept the momentum going with Innovation Xchange. The day started with Ray Wang, author of Disrupting Digital Business, talking about the need for big corporations to innovate. It was the prefect primer for the 180 people in attendance who represented some of the largest corporations in Cincinnati. After Ray’s talk, 23 startups from across the country took turns pitching and meeting with #StartupCincy’s corporate partners.

And, to round out the week, we had two startups on national television. Kapture’s product was featured on the CBS Today Show and the Frameri team was on ABC’s Shark Tank.

Wendy Lea Cintrifuse Innovation Xchange
Wendy Lea talks to #StartupCIncy at Innovation Xchange

Not too shabby for a week’s worth of work.

All of the events last week were individually impressive, however, the most impressive thing was how our ecosystem worked together. Massive logistical and promotional coordination took place between universities, corporations, accelerators and startups. It showed us what we can do when our ecosystem comes together behind an idea. And the result was awesome.

Last week generated a lot of benefits for our startup community. Some were immediate, like the huge bump in Twitter reach, and some are yet to be realized. If Cincinnati’s innovation week taught us anything, it’s that we have the tools and we have the talent. Now it’s time to hit the gas pedal and keep the momentum going.


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