QCA Completes 15th Annual Entrepreneur Boot Camp

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More than 100 entrepreneurs, angel investors, mentors, and business experts from across the region assembled in Cincinnati for the 15th Annual Queen City Angel Entrepreneur Boot Camp June 3-4, 2015.

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"The talent and experience of the speakers, panelists and mentors you assembled was impressive. It was second to none, and frankly, worth many times what I paid. Looking forward to next year!”

More than 100 entrepreneurs, angel investors, mentors, and business experts from across the region assembled in Cincinnati for the 15th Annual Queen City Angels Entrepreneur Boot Camp June 3-4, 2015. The intensive two-day workshop was created in 2001 for early stage growth companies and future entrepreneurs. The event has evolved and adapted to changing times. This year’s session had an increased emphasis on lean methodologies. In addition to a full agenda of educational sessions and panel discussions, entrepreneurs and start-up founders had the opportunity to meet one-on-one (in some cases one-on-three) with local angel investors and business experts for advice and mentoring. The event was conducted at Interact for Health, and HCDC Business Center and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation were Marquis and Event sponsors, respectively.

Among the sessions and panel were the following:

  •     Building a Business Plan that Attracts Investors;
  •     Using Intellectual Property;
  •     The Lean Startup – Perfecting the Pivot;
  •     Social Media on a Dime; and
  •     Building Your Internal and External Teams

Scheduled panelists and presenters included Tony Shipley, chair of Queen City Angels; Mark Dawes, Queen City Angel investor and partner in an innovation venturing firm called Brand Journey Group; Dov Rosenberg, Allos Ventures; Justin Thompson, CincyTech; Amanda Greenwell, UpTech; Jordan Vogel, Cintrifuse; Dan Fleming, River Cities Capital Fund; and Tony Alexander, The Brandery.

“In its 15th year, the QCA Boot Camp has trained more than 525 entrepreneurs through this one-of-a-kind experience that has had a tremendous influence on Cincinnati’s start-up community,” said Scott Jacobs, Executive Director of the Queen City Angels. “This event has served as a catalyst for many entrepreneurs who simply needed a little training, a little mentoring and a little inspiration to take their business from a great idea to an operating company. Those that have been participated in the Boot Camp as panelist, speakers or participants are among the who’s who of Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We appreciate all the support we get for this event and look forward to what will happen with this year’s group of program graduates.”

“That was the best time and money I have ever spent on a seminar,” said Rod Herdman, founder and president of Gunpuck. “I should know, I have been to dozens of seminars in my 40 years as an entrepreneur and inventor. The talent and experience of the speakers, panelists and mentors you assembled was impressive. It was second to none, and frankly, worth many times what I paid. Looking forward to next year!”

About Queen City Angels
The Queen City Angels (QCA) is a group of more than 50 experienced accredited investors who provide funding, support and guidance to early-stage growth companies in the Cincinnati area and surrounding region. QCA members, which include former C-level executives and entrepreneurs, draw from their personal operating and management experience to evaluate opportunities and provide on-going mentoring to young businesses with exceptional growth potential. Since 2000, QCA members have directly invested more than $42 million in 75 portfolio companies, which have collectively raised over $325 million. CB Insight recently ranked QCA second out of 370 national angel organizations. For additional information, visit http://www.qca.com.    

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