Our people are the driving force and center of everything we do. VentureOhio is proud to serve the Ohio entrepreneurial community, and help our investors, entrepreneurs and support organizations build and succeed in the state.

Our Leadership

The increase in entrepreneurial activity over the past few years has the state on an upward trajectory. Exit values are increasing, talent is migrating in to work at exciting new companies and live in thriving cities, and startups are scaling quickly and successfully – right here in Ohio.

The fuel behind this momentum is the statewide support system that helps startups thrive. Ohio benefits from a high concentration of Fortune 1000 companies, incredible private-public partnerships, groundbreaking research institutions, and a vibrant statewide entrepreneurial community. Combine these resources with access to top talent and a thirst for innovation, and it’s easy to see why Ohio is bursting with opportunity.

Ohio has earned its place in the national startup conversation, and VentureOhio is working to ensure that smart investors are taking notice of what is being built. By fostering collaboration through statewide communities, improving access to capital through education and outreach, and telling Ohio’s story to the world; VentureOhio and its members are propelling our state forward.

We’ve made significant strides in lifting Ohio up, but just like the entrepreneurs we support, we’re constantly pushing for a bigger, better impact – the impact we know we can achieve by working together. We are forever grateful to our members, sponsors and partners who believe in our vision and have helped us to position Ohio as a leader in innovation and convey “Why Ohio” across the nation. We look forward to your input, collaboration and support as we continue this important mission throughout 2017 and beyond.

Keep Conquering,

Falon, Mark and Rich

Our Board

Mark Kvamme
Drive Capital | Chairman
Rich Langdale
NCT Ventures | President
Ray Leach
JumpStart Inc. | Treasurer
Tony Shipley
Queen City Angels | Secretary
Karl Elderkin
Athenian VP | Governance Chair
Dan Fleming
River Cities Capital Fund
Will Indest
Draper Triangle Ventures
Bill Trainor
Mutual Capital Partners
Tom Walker
Rev1 Ventures
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Mark Kvamme
Drive Capital | Chairman

Mark is a co-founder and partner at Drive Capital. Before co-founding the Columbus-based VC firm, Mark was the Interim Chief Investment Officer and President of JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit corporation leading Ohio’s job creation efforts. Prior to JobsOhio, Mark was a partner at Silicon Valley-based Sequoia Capital for 12 years, where he led investments in Linkedin (LKND – NYSE), MarkLogic, Cast Iron (IBM), and FunnyOrDie.com. Prior to Sequoia, Mark was the Chairman and CEO of CKS Group (CKSG – NASDAQ) and a founding member of Apple France

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Rich Langdale
NCT Ventures | President

Rich is a co-founder and managing partner at NCT Ventures. Before co-founding the Columbus-based VC firm, Rich was the founder, CEO and Chairman of Digital Storage, Inc. and SubmitOrder.com and co-founder and lead investor of many other successful ventures. Rich has served on several nonprofit boards, and was a co-founder and developer of the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, where he served as a board member and taught undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA courses on entrepreneurship.

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Ray Leach
JumpStart Inc. | Treasurer

Ray Leach is the founding CEO of JumpStart Inc. a Cleveland, Ohio-based venture development firm whose mission is to unlock the growth of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to help transform entire communities. Leach also serves as the Managing Partner of the for-profit JumpStart NEXT Fund. Leach was a Sloan Fellow and a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of Akron. Ray also serves on the board of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, was a founding member of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) and recently served on the board of the National Venture Capital Association.

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Tony Shipley
Queen City Angels | Secretary

Tony is a co-founder and chairman of Queen City Angels. Prior to founding the Cincinnati-based angel group, Tony was a serial entrepreneur, co-founding several companies and non-profit business development organizations.  Tony serves on several non-profit boards, including the Angel Capital Association.

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Karl Elderkin
Athenian VP | Governance Chair

Karl is the founder and managing partner at Athenian Venture Partners. Before founding the Athens-based VC firm, Karl was co-head of the VC arm of Generics Group, PLC, an England-based technology consultancy, and prior to that, spent several years in engineering, manufacturing and capital investment management. Karl has led, co-led and participated in numerous IPOs and strategic acquisitions and serves on the board of directors of several early-stage companies including Manta Media, Prioria Robotics, and Sendio.

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Dan Fleming
River Cities Capital Fund

Dan began his private equity career in 1996 and joined River Cities in 2001.  Upon the generational transition of River Cities, his partners elected him to assume leadership within the firm, and he is now President of the management company.

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Will Indest
Draper Triangle Ventures

Will is a managing director at Draper Triangle Ventures.  Prior to his role at the midwest-based VC firm, Will implemented and ran the Ohio Third Frontier’s Central Ohio Entrepreneurial Signature Program at TechColumbus (now Rev1 Ventures) as CEO of Investments and VP of Venture Development. Will  has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, CEO, startup advisor, and preseed/seed private equity manager.

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Bill Trainor
Mutual Capital Partners

Bill is a co-founder and managing director of Mutual Capital Partners and co-founder of Access Ventures Fund. Before founding the Cleveland-based VC firm, Bill was Senior Vice President-Head of E-Commerce Investment Banking at McDonald Investments, an investment bank acquired by Key Corp. Bill also serves on the board of Flashes of Hope, an organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses as well as funding pediatric cancer research.

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Tom Walker
Rev1 Ventures

Tom is President and CEO of Rev1 Ventures as well as a seasoned founder and manager of venture funds and entrepreneurial initiatives.  He is the author of The Entrepreneur’s Handbook, a step-by-step guide to commercialization for entrepreneurs with big ideas.

Our Team

Falon Donohue
| CEO
Falon Donohue
| CEO
Marisa Gray
| Administrative Coordinator
Marisa Gray
| Administrative Coordinator
Megan Harris
| Associate
Megan Harris
| Associate