StartupCincy Week took place the week of October 7 through October 11 and the award-winning HCDC Business Center was out in full force – of course in collaboration with the rest of our ecosystem partners and fellow entrepreneurs down at Union Hall. For those of you who have never been, StartupCincy Week brings together all of the ecosystem players in a week-long celebration of everything startup – founder stories, investor stories, incubator stories, accelerator stories – and everything in between. Tracks at the 2019 week included:

  • Ecosystem Building
  • Funding
  • Becoming an Entrepreneur
  • Day in the Life
  • Creatives
  • Zebras vs Unicorns
  • Future of the Workforce

With plenty of coffee and pastries to boot, the week kicked off in grand fair. Here are photos from some of the key sessions. 

Scaling in the Wide World of Sports – Clay Hood (Precision Pro Golf) and Neil Hornsby
(Pro Football Focus) shared their successes and challenges in making an impact
within industries they love. Paul Fisher from HCDC moderated the insightful discussion.

Roots Across Seas: Thriving in a Startup as a BigCo Ex-Pat – This session presented individuals who made the jump from BigCo to Startup. “Why” and what pushed them over the edge in making this transition to the startup world and why Cincinnati. Starring Ashish Mudgal (Hey Herbie), Christine Fisher (Possip), Piyush Singh (Terrene Labs) and Angela Ozar. Moderated by Antony Seppi (HCDC).

Rocket Scientist Square Table – Nerds Rule the World – The makers, the builders, the engineers often get overlooked in the startup space, but they are building the companies with more upside potential in terms of jobs and payback to the community. This session was a  fireside chat with HCDC CEO Pat Longo and Veelo Founder Joe Sprengard who shared their model for building these ventures out.

Funding Both Sides of the Table – Negotiating term sheets can be tricky – whether it is valuation, round size, board composition, or other terms, the issues require thought to balance investment requirements while preserving founder relationship post investment. This session hosted by Theresa Sedlack (HCDC) and David Willbrand (Thompson Hine) explored both entrepreneurial and investor perspectives on some of the most frequently negotiated terms.

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These are just some of the stories and players from the HCDC Business Center and their involvement in the StartupCincy Week. If you’ve got a high potential, high growth startup that is looking to get involved in the ecosystem we’ve got several programs to satisfy your appetite, including Morning Mentoring and CoWorks. Send us a note at or schedule a complimentary office hours session.