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Plankk, a custom fitness app based in Nashville, is a rising start-up that received funding from Cincinnati-based Queen City Angels, an angel investment group. Join Center for Law and Entrepreneurship as we interivew the CEO, CFO and legal counsel for Plankk and learn about taking the start-up from founding through investment and into tremendous growth in the market. Selected Chase Entrepreneurs will be able to go visit Plankk HQ in Nashville in spring 2022. (Learn more about the Chase Entrepreneurs Program.)



Chase Entrepreneurs (see here to learn more) and select Center for Law and Entrepreneurship students will receive an exclusive invitation to attend a meeting of the Queen City Angels, a local angel investment group that invests in start-ups globally. 


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Chase Entrepreneurs (learn more here) will go behind the scenes at a 150-year-old business, the Cincinnati Reds. Event includes a presentation on the business of the Reds and viewing a baseball game. 


Lunch with Leaders

The CEO and VP-Entrepreneurship of HCDC (Hamilton County Development Center), the largest and longest running business incubator in the region, founded 1989, will host a tour, tell their story over lunch, and convey the most important advice to entrepreneurs that has been developed across their 30 year history. HCDC was recently named a Top 10 Public Business Incubator in the world.  

Their history Includes incubating 360 start-up companies, of which group 60% survived and grew.........a high success rate of about 3-4 x the national average.  There are presently 50 start-up companies located at HCDC.  

Notably, HCDC was just named one of the Top-10 incubators in the world! This annual ranking was done by UBI Global, a respected Stockholm weden based analytical institute that measured 400 incubators throughout the world. Seven of the Top-10 are located in Europe and Asia, 3 are in the Baltimore, Los Angeles, and HCDC here in our region.  

Mr. Pat Longo has been an exec with HCDC for 20 years, and Ms. Theresa Sedlack previously launched and ran for 10 years a successful Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Notre Dame.  I am on the HCDC Board of Directors, and we will share insights for the purpose of enhancing your knowledge and perspectives.  The discussion will be joined by another HCDC Director, Dr. Dan Geeding.   

Dan founded the Xavier University Entrepreneurship program and ran it for 30 years. An active consultant to start-ups, Dan and I are members of Queen City Angels, which has funded and backed over 100 start-ups in this area across the past 20 years. Dan’s deep experience may further enhance the educational benefit of your visit to HCDC.  

The program will start at 11:30 am with the tour, followed by lunch, the lecture and discussion until wrapping up at 130 pm. HCDC is located at 1776 Mentor Ave. CIncinnati, 45212, next to Xavier U., about a 15 min drive from Chase. Date TBA. 


CEO Pete Blackshaw will explain how Cintrifuse has become recognized as one of the most innovative start-up support organizations in the US. A multifaceted force for “collaborative innovation,"  the Cintrifuse mission is to make this region the #1 tech start-up hub in the Midwest.   

Director Wyant's VC Firm backed Pete in 1999 when he left P&G as a brand manager and founded Intelliseek, a consumer research start-up. Pete and Jack served on its Board of Directors until the company’s sale to Nielsen 6 years later, following its ups and downs as a start-up company. Pete then became head of world-wide digital for Nestlé, lived at its Switzerland home base for 10 years, and returned last year to lead Cintrifuse. His stories and insights will be compelling, and should be helpful to you.  

Cintrifuse is located in Union Hall, 1311 Vine Street, in the heart of Over The Rhine. Chase has a number of linkages with Cintrifuse including NKU President Ashish Vaidya who is a member of the Cintrifuse Board of Directors. Date TBA. 

Entrepreneurship 101: An Entrepreneurship Master Class Series

Business leaders and developers Cheryl Borland ’94 and Marjorie (Margye) Solomon will lead a series of one-hour master classes on an introduction and the basics of entrepreneurship including where to meet entrepreneurs, who are entrepreneurs and how to become an entrepreneur. Cheryl Borland serves as counsel at Greising Law for closely-held companies and start-ups at every stage of their business journey. Cheryl has over 20 years of experience guiding primarily small and women-owned businesses to success. Margye Solomon is Chief of Staff for Envision2bWell, a mission driven lifestyle technology company whose goal is to help users Engage, Learn and be Motivated for a healthier lifestyle.


Pitch Day

Start-Up Pitch Day

Coming spring 2022

Chase students are invited to share food and drink while watching the 4 start-up teams from the Law, Technology & Entrepreneurship class pitch their new business ideas to a group of judges.   

The pitches by your schoolmates and the explanations by judges should provide you with evaluation principles and actionable ideas to apply in your future business activity.