VentureOhio Annual Dinner

The VentureOhio Annual Dinner will be held September 10, 2014 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Blackwell Inn on the Ohio State campus in Columbus. Featured speakers will be Bill Sanford, founding CEO of STERIS Corp., and Mark Kvamme, Managing Partner of Drive Capital. Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to David Morgenthaler, Founder of Morgenthaler Ventures and one of venture capital’s most successful investors and leaders.

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Founded in 2013, VentureOhio is the unified voice for the capital sources and other organizations that finance or support high growth companies based in Ohio and that seek to make Ohio a preferred location for high potential entrepreneurial activity.  VentureOhio will collaborate with state and local officials, major corporations, foundations, universities, and service providers to strengthen Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

In 2014, VentureOhio will focus on policies and programs intended to increase early stage capital availability in the state and enhance programs, such as  Ohio’s Third Frontier,  that have increased the number of high potential companies started and growing in Ohio. VentureOhio will also engage in activities intended to educate Ohio’s investors and entrepreneurs, improve institutional technology transfer and commercialization, support productive tax and regulatory changes, and tell Ohio’s entrepreneurial success stories to audiences inside Ohio and across the nation.

VentureOhio membership is open to investors, support organizations, service providers, educational and research institutions and individuals.   Its organizing Board of Directors is composed of members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem from across the State of Ohio, and it is staffed by professional association leaders and advisors.


For more information about VentureOhio contact:
Frank Samuel:
Joan McCarthy:


Charter Members

Calfee, Halter & Griswold

Keating, Muething & Klekamp PLL

Ohio Capital Fund

Ohio Venture Association

River Cities Capital Funds



Founding Members

Accelerant (Dayton Development Coalition)

Allos Ventures

Arsenal Venture Partners

AssureRx Health, Inc.

Athenian Venture Partners



Blue Chip Partners

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center



Carol Clark

Cleveland Clinic Innovations


Lauren D’Souza

Lora D’Souza

Lisa Delp


Walter Doyle

Draper Triangle Ventures

Drive Capital

Ernst & Young

East Central Ohio Tech Angels

Fay Sharpe

Daniel Finkelman

Tina & Bob Fisher

Britton Gallagher

Michael Gallagher

Glengary LLC

Hamilton County Development Center

Lee Hess

Hicks Partners

Hopen Life Science Ventures

Will Indest

Interact for Health


John O. Huston

Jones Day

Juventas Theraputics, Inc


Key Bank

Zachary Lawrence

LinkAge Ventures

Lorain County Community College Foundation

Parker MacDonnell


Robert Maynard

McDonald Hopkins

Mercury Fund

Millstream Angel Club

Mutual Capital Partners

NCT Ventures

Neuros Medical, Inc



North Coast Angel Fund

Ohio University

Ohio Tech Angel Funds

OnShift, Inc

Brooke Paul

Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur

QStart Labs

Queen City Angels

John M. Rice, Ph.D.

Rocket Ventures

Barry Rosenbaum

Frank E. Samuel Jr.

Gordon Schorr

Rick Sellers

Ray Shealy

Ben Sheridan




Thompson Hine

TOA Technologies

Ulmer & Berne

University of Akron

University Hospitals of Cleveland

University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati Research Institute

Adam Winter

Youngstown Business Incubator