Techstars, in conjunction with Cintrifuse, announced today that FounderCon 2016 will be held in Cincinnati, October 18-20, 2016. The city joins the ranks of other notable startup hubs like Austin, Boulder, and Chicago who have also hosted the event.
FounderCon will bring over 800 founders of tech-based startups to the Greater Cincinnati region, all alumni of the Techstars global accelerator network. They will be joined by an estimated 300 corporate innovation leaders looking to source ideas and learn from some of the best company builders across the globe.
“FounderCon is a huge strike point for #StartupCincy,” said Wendy Lea, Cintrifuse CEO. “Our community is organized, smart, and ready for the spotlight. The opportunity to host FounderCon gives us a chance to leverage our business community’s need for innovation and build peer-to-peer relationships between our entrepreneurs and those from the Techstars network. We jumped at the chance to roll out the red carpet for the Techstars’ entrepreneurial community.”
-Wendy Lea. Cintrifuse CEO
Techstars operates more than 20 accelerators around the world, including in the United States, Germany, England, South Africa and Israel. (Local startups LISNR and ChoreMonster are Techstars alumni.) Widely viewed as one of the top accelerators in the world, there are more than 1.5 million people across the Techstars ecosystem. FounderCon is an opportunity for those successful entrepreneurs to all be in the same place at the same time to network, conduct business, learn from each other and have fun.
“With FounderCon, we’re always looking to build a memorable experience for our founders,” said John Hill, Techstars Network Catalyst. “We were completely blown away with the uniqueness of the infrastructure in Cincinnati. The team there greeted us with such enthusiasm – it’s clear they understand the impact and environment we’re trying to create for our alumni. We can’t wait to partner with #StartupCincy.”
The event marks a significant milestone for #StartupCincy and further solidifies the region as a leader in the national startup scene. “This is another in a long line of exciting opportunities for our city to show off and show up on the national radar,” said John Cranley, Mayor of Cincinnati. “Just like when we welcomed the World Choir Games in 2012 and last year Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, we look forward to again shining the spotlight on everything that makes the Queen City great – this time from a business-building aspect.”
-John Hill, Techstars Network Catalyst
#StartupCincy boasts a growing list of accelerators (The Brandery, UpTech, and OCEAN among them) and seed-stage investors (including CincyTech, Connetic, and Queen City Angels). Our 200+ startup companies have raised $170 million in funding over the past two years and the trend is not slowing. #StartupCincy is unique among startup communities thanks to the support of the city’s large corporations. Innovative organizations like Procter & Gamble, Kroger, PNC, Cincinnati Bell, and REDI have been extremely active in supporting the startup scene and played a significant role in attracting FounderCon.
“We are honored and excited to help bring FounderCon to Cincinnati,” said Valarie Sheppard, board chair of Cintrifuse and Senior Vice President, Comptroller and Treasurer at Procter & Gamble. “P&G is proud to build on our commitment to innovation by supporting Cintrifuse, The Brandery, and eight other innovation hubs around the world. We welcome the Techstars family to our hometown and look forward to the start of a great relationship.”
FounderCon is scheduled for October 18, 2016 through October 20, 2016.
This was the official press release for the FounderCon 2016 Announcement. Below you can find media coverage of the event from Cincinnati news outlets.