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Startup Week: Official Sponsors

Techstars Startup Week Cincinnati Powered by CincyTech is a five-day celebration free and open to the public that takes place across our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

An event at this scale would not be at all possible without the Startup Week’s sponsors. Take a look at all of those who made this week a reality.

Presenting Sponsor


CincyTech transforms innovation into high performing life science and digital companies in Southwest Ohio. Their team provides advice and capital to entrepreneurs, helps research institutions commercialize technology through startups, and catalyzes investment from individuals and institutions into regional companies. Their companies create jobs, economic vitality and wealth in Southwest Ohio.

Gold Sponsors

Vibe Cincinnati | Cincinnati Visitors Bureau

The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau has created a new team to attract multicultural meetings and conventions to the region — Vibe Cincinnati. The multicultural sales team uses targeted strategies to focus the CVB’s efforts on coordinating and fostering relationships with diverse organizations on local, state and national levels. Its members continue to build on the foundation created with several faith groups that hosted events in Cincinnati in the past with an emphasis on an increase in activity with Asian, Hispanic, Indian and LGBT groups in addition to others.


Union Hall

Union Hall is a 38,000 sq. ft. building where disrupters come to roll up their sleeves and get to work. It is located in Cincinnati’s historic Over the Rhine neighborhood, a thriving beer-soaked powerhouse of culinary delight and entrepreneurial energy. Located just across from parking and around the corner from Washington Park, the space sits in the heart of the new, wrapped in the beauty of the old.




A community of entrepreneurs, BigCos, educators, investors, creatives and enthusiasts. Our mission is to build a sustainable, tech-based economy for our city, our region and the entire Midwest. Collectively, we are Greater Cincinnati’s startup community and we’re here to create a new future. We are StartupCincy.



Silver Sponsors


With more than 400 attorneys, Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Delaware, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; Ann Arbor.Michigan; and Phoenix, Arizona, and maintains a presence in Florida. The firm practices across a wide range of industries. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, Taft offers breadth and depth of legal services coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients reach their goals.


Kentucky Innovation Network

The Kentucky Innovation Network has been around since 2001 creating a network of business leaders and mentors that encourage relationships, grow companies new and existing, and create jobs. They do this through the twelve offices we have located across Kentucky. The Network is managed in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, along with local partners.



BDO delivers assurance, tax, financial advisory, and consulting services to clients throughout the country and around the globe. They offer numerous industry-specific practices, world-class resources, and an unparalleled commitment to meeting our clients’ needs. At both of their Cincinnati offices, BDO professionals regularly draw upon the full depth and breadth of their national resources. Our offices serve clients of all sizes in Technology, Restaurants, Life Sciences and other key industries throughout Ohio.


Hillman Accelerator

Hillman Accelerator was built specifically to attract and accelerate tech companies founded by women and ethnic minorities. Hillman recruited three teams to Cincinnati and is helping them build their businesses during the four-month program, which ran from June to October. The accelerator is founded by former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones and Ebow Vroom of Qey Capital and Candice Matthews, and Up-Tech Graduate and former CEO of Hello Parent.


Frost Brown Todd

Frost Brown Todd is a full-service law firm serving some of America’s top corporations and emerging companies. With attorneys regularly identified by clients, peers and industry organizations as leaders in their practice areas, the firm advises and protects clients in business transactions and litigation in many industries, including insurance, financial services, manufacturing, real estate, construction, energy and health care.



Carvana is the only place where you can buy a used car online and have it delivered to your home. Their goal is to create a better way to buy a car by putting the consumer back in control of the buying process. They do this by providing a no-pressure and transparent way to buy a car. You can search, finance, purchase, and enjoy pick up or home delivery of high quality, late model used cars or trucks without ever having to go to a dealership!



Closing Happy Hour Sponsors

E.W. Scripps

The E.W. Scripps Company serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, radio and digital media brands. With 33 television stations, Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners. Scripps runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and content businesses, including Newsy, the next-generation national news network; podcast industry leader Midroll Media; and fast-growing national broadcast networks Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff.




TriNet provides small and midsize businesses with a full-service HR solution so they can free themselves from the complexities of HR and focus on their goals. As their trusted HR business partner, TriNet assumes many of the responsibilities of being an employer and helps these companies contain HR costs, minimize employer-related risks and relieve the administrative burden of HR.


Supporting Sponsors

Venture For America, Miami University, Xavier University, Thompson Hine, Queen City Angels, University of Cincinnati, FlyWheel Social Enterprise, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, OTR Live, Tech Elevator, UpTech, Wyzerr, UrbanHive, Northern Kentucky University, Founder’s Institute, Venture Smarter, FamilyTech.



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