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The State of Venture in Ohio: 2020
October 23, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
This is Lindsay Karas Stencel’s annual State of Venture in Ohio talk. As in past years, Lindsay will walk attendees through that status of VC funding in the state, discussing new venture fund formation, large exits and investments and places where Ohio can continue to develop and grow. She will weave in some pop culture references, leave plenty of time for Q&A and definitely keep the FUN in FUND.
Lindsay Karas Stencel has been in venture capital for nearly 15 years. As a licensed attorney in multiple states, Lindsay began her venture career on the pure deal side working in big law in in New York. After she obtained her MBA from THE Ohio State University, she shifted to a true venture role in 2008 when she joined NCT Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm based out of Columbus, OH. There, she worked her way up the ranks from associate and in-house counsel, to become one of the managing partners and chief legal counsel, making her one of the first female venture capital partners in the State of Ohio. And there, she worked to structure hundreds of transactions and proudly assisted the firm in being the top performing venture firm in the Midwest for its vintage years (2008 and 2013, respectively), according to PitchBook.
Then, in 2016, Lindsay, who is born and raised in Buffalo, NY, also became engaged with Launch New York, Inc., a Buffalo-based 501(c)(3) venture development organization that works to provide mentorship and funding to seed stage businesses, industry agnostic, in the 27 westernmost counties of the State of New York. During Lindsay’s tenure with Launch NY, the firm has become the most active seed fund in the State of New York (and one of the most active in the nation), with over 75 transactions in less than two and a half years. This resulted in Lindsay being awarded the Early Stage Dealmaker of the Year by the Upstate Capital Association of New York for 2018 and the Upstate Venture Connect Community Catalyst Award for 2019. Lindsay was recently nominated for the 2020 NVCA American Spirit Award as well.
Today, Lindsay is a Partner at the law firm Thompson Hine LLP, where she oversees VC and Emerging Companies in Columbus, OH. She is the Managing Partner and co-founder, with Brett Kaufman, of a nationally-spanning, early stage venture firm that is intentional about investing in people first, providing them with the resources and tools to empower them to make the best business decisions possible, which in turn, is aimed at producing top decile investor returns.
Lastly, Lindsay is an Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, teaching 2nd and 3rd year students about venture capital and venture deal structuring. Lindsay also is an active speaker internationally in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. In this role, she advocates for diversity and inclusion of women and minorities in finance and discusses the impact of fintech, microtransit and AI growth on the future of America. She also instructs licensed attorneys and business people across the country on the establishment of venture firms and venture deal structuring.
Event is free and includes a light lunch.
11:30am – Networking & lunch
12:00pm – Program begins
1:00pm – Networking resumes
Thank you to our sponsor Crosswalk Energy.