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Defy Ventures – Step to the Line

I was first introduced to Defy Ventures and their mission at FounderCon, the Techstars global annual conference that was held in Cincinnati in October of 2016. The mission resonated with me deeply and I keep track of what they’re doing. Defy Ventures is an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently and formerly…

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How to Find (and Compensate) a Co-Founder

On this interactive webinar, Jonathan Greechan discussed where to look for co-founders, how to determine co-founder compatibility, how to split equity, and how to avoid common mistakes.

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Startup Funding 101: How to Get Started with Adeo Ressi

Learn the basics of startup funding from Founder Institute CEO, Adeo Ressi. Listen in as he breaks it down and runs through the starting point basics with Onevest founder, Shahab Kaviani.

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CES 2017: Techstars Eureka Park

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CES is an awesome place for tech in general. If you really wanted to find a high concentration of emerging, disruptive tech, Techstars’ Eureka Park was the place to be. Incidentally, it was the place I spent probably the most time talking to all the startups and innovators. Eureka Park was at the Sands Convention…

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MORTAR x The Iron Chest Co. present the #100FOR100 fundraising campaign

MORTAR is encouraging 100 individuals, businesses or organizations to donate any amount from $100 to $1,000 to The Iron Chest Fund. The #100FOR100 CAMPAIGN encourages Cincinnatians of diverse economic backgrounds to support our most promising neighborhood businesses. The Iron Chest Fund is MORTAR’S newest venture that will help under-resourced entrepreneurs secure start-up funding. MORTAR is launching…

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Founder Institute Cincinnati Fall 2016 semester enters final phase

We’re almost finished with our first Founder Institute Cincinnati semester, we’re going to be graduating eight new companies and nine founders into the StartupCincy ecosystem. There are only two sessions left with the founders having a January 11 deadline for legal. We’ll be finishing up on January 18, 2017, and things can’t possibly be better.

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Founder Institute Cincinnati Fall 2016: Revenue Models

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As if it weren’t an already crazy busy week with Techstars FounderCon here in Cincinnati this week, we’re having our usual Wednesday night Founder Institute meetup. This week’s major focus is Revenue Models.

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Founder Institute Cincinnati Fall 2016 VIP Launch Party

This is it! After a long summer of recruiting, we’re launching the first inaugural semester of Founder Institute Cincinnati. Last evening was the VIP launch party for the founders, families, and friends. We enjoyed a lot of camaraderie, drinks, discussions, and encouragement for everyone endeavoring to complete the program.

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Why Join The Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is the WORLD’s LARGEST network of entrepreneurs and mentors. If you are up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step curriculum will give you the structure, mentor support, and global network you need to start an enduring company. Many leaders of the world’s fastest-growing startups have used the program to transition from employee to…

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How to start a startup in Cincinnati – Founder Institute Cincinnati Fall 2016

Last evening we held a huge event for the launch of Founder Institute Cincinnati. #StartupCincy: How to Start a Startup in Cincinnati was a big success with over 200 people in attendance.

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