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We are pleased to co-host the 1809 Capital Cincinnati Miami Venture and Innovation Summit!


The Summit will be conducted in collaboration with Miami’s Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship and the Armstrong Institute for Emerging Technology and Business + Design. Alumni attendees will hear current insights and trends from leading venture investors and current venture-backed CEOs. You will also hear the latest on the nationally-ranked Miami entrepreneurship and innovation programs. There will be an opportunity for Q&A followed by a networking reception.

  • 3:30 Registration

  • 4:00 Introductions

    • Mark Lacker, Miami Redhawk Accelerator

    • Tim Holcomb, Chair Miami Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship

    • Glenn Platt, Chair Miami School of Emerging Technology and Business + Design

    • Mark Richey,  co-Founder 1809 Capital, Managing Director West Capital Advisors

    • Mark Lacker, Altman Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship

  • 4:30 Opening Remarks – Pete Blackshaw, Cintrifuse/#StartupCincy 

  • 4:50 Panel: Launching and Scaling a Venture-Backed Startup, A Roadmap Discussion – Founder/CEO vs. VC perspectives








  • 5:45 Q&A

  • 6:00 Networking Reception 

  • Founders/Entrepreneurs

    • Moderator: Tim Holcomb

    • Kevin Kushman, CEO Electrada, Miami ‘91

    • Summer Crenshaw, Founder/CEO, Roamie, Miami ‘03

    • Missy Lavender, Founder/CEO, Renalis, Miami ‘80

    • Tsavo Knott, Founder/CEO,, Miami ‘18

    • Blake Faulkner, Founder/CEO, Bloxsmith, Miami ‘23

    • Tom Ringenbach, Chief of Staff VNDLY, a Workday Company, Miami ‘08

  • VCs

    • Moderator: Howard Bobrow, Taft Law, Miami ‘92

    • Abigail Bartlett, Managing Director, Redhawk Ventures, Miami ‘23

    • John Gardner, General Partner, 1809 Capital, Venture Partner, NGP Capital, Miami ‘84

    • Tim Schigel, Managing Partner, Refinery Ventures

    • Michael Harper, Partner, Capital Midwest Fund, Miami ‘95​

    • Scott Miller, Queen City Angels, Miami ‘90

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