1: Cincy Innovator Spotlight
A space for an exceptional mover and shaker to shine.
First up: Cintrifuse and Indianopolis-based innovation community Powderkeg have announced a partnership aimed at helping the Midwest “take on coastal tech ecosystems.”
The move will connect the network of the 15K tech entrepereneurs across the country within the Powderkeg network with those within Cintrifuse’s Greater Cincinnati-based members.
“The impetus for us was to see two great tech communities in the Midwest doing amazing things individually,” Matt Hunckler, founder and CEO of Powderkeg, told Cincy Inno. He added that the partnerhsip will unite the momentum of these cities together and “amplify their entrepreneurs.”
Hunckler added that the partnership will help each geographic area strengthen its startup ecosystems’ weaknesses. He cited his organization’s Indianapolis Tech Census Report, which found that “50% of tech leader respondents said they struggled to raise capital in the state of Indiana.”
The partnership will allow the two entities to share the perks of each others’ memberships with each others’ members at a discount. A press release on the move gave specifics: “Cintrifuse members will receive a discount to Powderkeg Founder Membership, the community-as-a-service platform, and Powderkeg Founder Members now have a Cintrifuse membership with benefits including venture investor curation, 1:1 funding advice and connections with potential customers,” it reads.
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2. Making Moves
Inside the people, companies and organizations shaking things up this week.
Former MKSK senior urban designer Joe Nickol and former Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation executive director Kevin Wright have announced they will partner to launch Yard & Co., an “urban growth firm” to help bolster neighborhoods, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports. The firm is an “outgrowth” from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation-supported group, People’s Liberty, where Nickol and Wright initially pitched their idea.
New York advertising group Grey Global Group and Cincinnati-based digital branding and advertising Possible have announced that they will merge, with Possible becoming a branch of the New York firm, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
BONUS! Scent Trunk
Scotts Valley, Calif.-based Perfumer’s Apprentice has acquired Cincinnati-based Scent Trunk, a 2016 graduate of The Brandery, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
3: Mark Your Calendar
The events and happenings to know about this week and beyond
Join Cincy Inno in April for our Talent Inno event on April 18, where we’ll discuss the state of HR and talent acquisition innovation in the Queen City. Chris Powell, CEO of Talmetrix, will keynote, and there will be opportunity for mingling, drinks and more. RSVP here.
Innovation & Technology Awards
Tickets are now on sale for the Cincinnati Business Courier’s eighth annual Innovation & Technology awards, which will occur on April 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will be a celebration of local startups, with an opportunity for networking, eating and drinking, as well as an awards ceremony spotlighting particular companies. Get 50% off your ticket with promo code INNOGUEST18. Register here. Interested in learning about the finalists (think startups like Abre, Losant, Cloverleaf and more)? Check out the full story here.
Head to Union Hall at 7:00 p.m. tonight to talk “how the Internet of Things can help bring value to your life and business.” Get more information here.
4: The Reading List
The Inno stories (and more) you need to read today.
Cincy Tech Madness Recap: On to the Next Round — Cincy Inno
Why B2C Startups Are Starting to Flourish in the Midwest — Cincy Inno
Niantic CEO John Hanke: Games are the Primordial Soup for Tech Evolution — Venture Beat
This New Lidar Sensor Could Equip Every Autonomous Car in the World by the End of 2018 — MIT Technology Review