With so much going on, it’s impossible to attend every last session, but we’ve got a way for you to try. Consider us your guide to Startup Week. Over the next two weeks, we’ll be providing you with a look at each day of the week and how it’s possible to experience every second of the action.
So without any further pause, let’s tackle Monday.
Monday, October 9 — Funding
9AM — “Raising Money (and Staying Sane) in StartupCincy” with David Willbrand
Led by Thompson Hine Partner David Willbrand, the first session of the entire week you can’t miss comes early. Willbrand brings a plethora of experience with him. David works with entrepreneurs and emerging companies, accelerators and incubators, early-stage investors and venture capital funds and, last, with research institutions and BigCo corporate innovation teams. This is a “can’t miss” on Day 1.
10AM — “#StartupsAreEverywhere: 20 years of VC investing led us here” with Chris Calder
With Salt Lake City’s EPIC Ventures Driector Chris Calder at the helm, your second session of the day at Union Hall will tell you exactly how we arrived at a virtual “startup saturation” stage. Calder’s team at EPIC is no stranger to StartupCincy after making a splash in the news with their investment in VNDLY.
11AM — “8 Questions every entrepreneur needs the answer to” with Brian Slawin
Led by Regional Director and Portfolio Manager at Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Brian Slawin, session three of Wednesday is a coaching session to remember. Before an entrepreneur seeks an investment in their company, a potential investor is going to ask them eight essential, fundamental questions that need to be answered quickly and with conviction. Know them and you’re on a path to investment. Falter and well, it’s on to the next.
12PM — Lunch
After three dynamic morning sessions, grab a bite to eat in the Union Hall Beer Hall courtesy of Frost Brown Todd Partners.
1PM — “ICO & everything you’re curious about cryptocurrency exchanges” with Michael Hiles
Director of Founder’s Institute Cincinnati, Michael Hiles takes over the first afternoon slot on Monday. In this session, Hiles will show examples of the evolution of token offerings, and how both VC funds and startups are leveraging the cryoto-economy to fund new innovation and growth. He will show how the demand for liquidity by early stage investors will put pressure on equity vs. token structures, as well as proposed solutions.
Blake Smith, CEO of Cladwell, raised his company $1.2 million with investments all outside of Cincinnati. How did he do it? Come learn how they worked through pitching, diligence, and close-of-round phases. Plus, talk about overcoming problems in operations, people and icky numbers. A Q&A will follow.
3PM — “A View from the Heavens: Queen City Angels” with Scott Jacobs
Executive Director of locally-based Queen City Angels, Scott Jacobs leads the 3PM session that will give you everything you need to know about his firm. What makes a good investment? What are they looking for? What have they done? Where are they going? All your answers come at 3PM.
4PM — Cintrifuse Annual Meeting with Raja Rajamannar
In what is expected to be the highest attended session of the day, Cintrifuse will cover our 2017 progress and performance. Packed with engaging insights into their Syndicate Fund, an address from our CEO, Wendy Lea and a keynote address from MasterCard CMO and Cintrifuse Board Member Raja Rajamannar — this may, in fact, be the can’t miss session of the day.
5:30PM — Happy Hour #1
Immediately following the Cintrifuse Annual Meeting, Startup Week will put a bow on day one with the first of five happy hours in Union Hall. Don’t miss out on the free beverages!
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Guide to the rest of Techstars Startup Week Cincinnati
Tuesday, October 10 — Acceleration
Wednesday, October 11 — Leadership & Talent (coming soon)
Thursday, October 12 — Choose Cincy (coming soon)
Friday, October 13 — Build (coming soon)