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November Update- Tech Startups are Blowing Up Thanks to Powderkeg

Published:
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:41 PM
This event was a fantastic opportunity for the E-Club. Before and after the pitches, the members were able to network with people from all aspects of Cincinnati's startup ecosystem.

Author: Graham Mergler, UC Entrepreneurship Club, President
 

Last Wednesday, the University of Cincinnati Entrepreneurship Club took a trip to OTR for Cincinnati's first ever Powderkeg Event. The night consisted of shark tank style pitches from three fast growing Cincinnati tech startups. Spatial, Farm Flx, and Cloverleaf gave impressive presentations that brought everyone to their feet. The pitches were judged by a panel of Cincinnati celebrities including Dave Knox, Derrick Braziel, and Wendy Lea.

Powderkeg is a company that helps startups grow in areas outside of Silicon Valley. It allows local startups to spread their name and connect with local venture capital and even passes on these stories to media partners like Forbes and Inc. Powderkeg was already in several cities around the country, but this was the first event in Cincinnati. Tickets sold out and the Woodward Theater was packed so I think it is safe to say Powderkeg and Cincinnati are a good fit.

This event was a fantastic opportunity for the E-Club. Before and after the pitches, the members were able to network with people from all aspects of Cincinnati's startup ecosystem. E-Club member Martin Manevski put it best in saying that "Powderkeg was an engaging event that brought together the Cincinnati startup community and offered great networking opportunities along with it". Then, the pitches offered a chance to see real life startups fight to get their name out there; a struggle that is not always seen from the classroom. Lastly, none of this would have been possible without the UC Center for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization. The CEC mentorship network connected us with the right people that not only got us into the event, but offered free admission to members of the E-Club. The Powderkeg event was great for Cincinnati and the Entrepreneurship Club alike.