Cincinnati Startups

Transparent Entrepreneurship Advice and Case Studies in Business Growth

Cincinnati is on the verge. National media like Entrepreneur magazine and CNN Money are taking notice of Cincinnati startup activity. The city has grown a vibrant startup ecosystem over the past decade, as venture capital funds like CincyTech have invested in dozens of startups, and other startup resources have fostered entrepreneurial growth. The Over-the-Rhine neighborhood went from vacant to edgy to populated by young Cincinnati startups and accelerators like The Brandery, which is one of the nation’s top 10 accelerators.

Cintrifuse created a 57-million-dollar fund of funds to invest in Cincy startups. Their organization believes in collaboration rather than competition, which is a common plus to midwestern business economies.

Downtown Cincinnati is known for its high quality of life and it’s low cost of living, making it an ideal place for creatives and entrepreneurs. People describe this city with the word perseverance, proving that pushing through hard times can provide vast economic results.

Erika Kotterer

Erika is the Community and Operations Manager for Verge. She is the director in Indianapolis but also provides support to all other directors in other cities. She is passionate about technology, community, dogs, and a good book.

Cincinnati Startups

8 Universal Qualities of Great Pitch Decks

YEC | July 13, 2015

“Send me your deck.” Early entrepreneurs hear this a lot. And it’s because a pitch deck is a great way for an investor or potential customer to quickly size up your company.  So, don’t leave this important communications piece to chance. We interviewed eight experienced entrepreneurs to get their perspective on the important aspects of an effective …


3 Reasons to Get Stoked on #CNX14 Morning

Tim Hickle | September 23, 2014

Ring the bell, Indy! It’s finally here. At long last, ExactTarget’s Connections Week is upon us. This week, the best and brightest in the marketing tech industry are going to converge on the Circle City  to put their moxy and know-how on center stage. This event gets better every year and as the city turns orange, …


When to Raise Seed Capital (and how to spend it)

Matt Hunckler | July 2, 2014 when-to-raise-seed-capital

Angel has been a member of the Verge community since I can remember. When he first pitched at Verge back in 2010 with his original idea for Smarter HQ, he was ready to raise seed capital.  Since then, Angel Morales has grown Smarter HQ beyond  his original prototype and grand ambitions. They’ve grown a huge team of …


How To Win During the Investment Gold Rush of the Wild Wild Midwest [VIDEO]

Matt Hunckler | May 20, 2014

Top Startup Advice and Highlights from Everywhere Else Cincinnati

Alec Synnestvedt | October 2, 2013

Verge Team Dominate

Matt Hunckler | August 22, 2013