When asked about how he chose his profession, Cincinnati entrepreneur Tim Metzner, BBA ’05 often jokes that it was the other way around.
“Honestly, I think it mostly picked me,” says Metzner. “I always knew that I wanted to someday be an entrepreneur and it just so turned out that one of my first interviews for summer internships was with a web tech startup company that was called SparkPeople.”
Metzner would spend the next 10 years of his career working for the online health and wellness startup, becoming its vice president of marketing and helping transform it into the largest weight-loss and fitness website in the United States.
Metzner’s time in this company would transform his initial interest into a lifelong passion.
“I quickly fell in love with the world of tech startups because of the potential to be a part of building meaningful companies that could literally change the world,” says Metzner upon reflection.
Since then, Tim Metzner has co-founded not one, but two different organizations committed to making the ideas of others into reality. He is the co-founder of Differential, a software development studio startup meant to help innovators launch new ideas. He is also the co-founder of OCEAN Accelerator, the world’s first faith-based startup accelerator devoted to supporting and training aspiring entrepreneurs.
Metzner’s interest in helping the thinkers and innovators of today get their ideas off the ground does not end there, however. The graduate of the Carl H. Linder College of Business Honors-PLUS business program also spends time at his old alma mater of UC, mentoring the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Metzner is actively involved at UC’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (CEC), and frequently assists it in its mission of developing tomorrow’s entrepreneurs by providing services to entrepreneurs, executives, students, alumni and UC faculty.
As one of a growing and diverse network of 150+ alumni, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, lawyers, and other professionals in the CEC’s Entrepreneurship Volunteer Program, Metzner serves as a mentor to Innovation and Technology Commercialization students. Calling upon his years of experience, the entrepreneur provides feedback, counseling and advice to the university’s many budding entrepreneurs and devotes himself to removing any barriers to their growth.
Tim Metzner is also actively involved as a guest speaker at UC and as a judge in UC’s Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch Competition (IQ E-Pitch). As a key member of this university-wide contest, the entrepreneur helps tomorrow’s innovators by challenging them to communicate their ideas more effectively.
For his work with UC students and faculty, Metzner was selected as one of the CEC’s Mentors of the year; an honor he shares with fellow alumnus, Tony Shipley, and Bill Haman of Queen City Angels and SCORE.
As a UC alumnus, Metzner’s an innovator who builds up other innovators and is committed to accelerating the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Greater Cincinnati.
“We’ve barely scratched the surface in terms of the potential we have to become one of the best places in the country to start a tech company,” says the Cincinnati entrepreneur on the promising future of the city’s startup scene.
If you’d like to join Metzner and other UC alumni who are helping UC’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization build tomorrow’s Cincinnati entrepreneurs, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org , volunteer here, or spotlight your own entrepreneurial venture here.