Featured Speakers

Ohio VC Fest speakers represent diverse perspectives and experiences across a variety of industries and subjects. Attendees will have the opportunity learn from industry leaders and cutting-edge startup founders as they share their expertise, ideas and innovative solutions.

Don’t miss these inspiring discussions that delve into topics surrounding vital sectors like healthcare, FinTech, software and more.

Chris Heivly

Chris Heivly, the Co-founder of MapQuest and former SVP of Ecosystem Development for Techstars, is a life-long entrepreneur, a multifaceted investor (angel, corporate VC and micro VC) and for the last 12+ years, a startup community builder and consultant. He has been dubbed the “The Startup Whisperer” due to his experiences with helping founders, investors and startup community enthusiasts create environments for startup success.

Heivly currently serves as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, one of the largest seed investment firms in the Southeast. Under his leadership, the firm has made 35 investments in just four years in emerging technology companies.

He produces and hosts a podcast, Your Startup Community, with Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway and expects to release his 2nd book in 2023, entitled, Build The Fort: STARTUP COMMUNITY BUILDER, A Global Field Guide for how to get involved, create impact, fund and accelerate your entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Ted Souder

Ted Souder is a respected authority on the transformative power of having a digital mindset in the business world. As one of Google’s earliest employees, Ted spent over 20 years helping to write one of the greatest business success stories of all time. Today, he shares the best practices of the Google Playbook with businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations across the globe.

Ted is also a board director at 1871 and a former board director at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. He is also a part-owner of the Monthly Barometer, a boutique geopolitical advisory firm based in Chamonix, France.

Throughout his entire career, Ted has been spreading the good news about how technology can be a game-changer in the workplace, boardroom, non-profit, and in your personal life. With his vast knowledge and expertise, he is truly a visionary leader who inspires and empowers others to embrace the digital age with confidence and enthusiasm

Special Guest Speakers

Justin M. Bibb
City of Cleveland

Jon Husted
Lt. Governor
State of Ohio

Revolutionizing Wellbeing |  Innovations at the Intersection of FinTech and Healthcare​

Sue Tyler
Venture Partner
Caduceus Capital Partners, LLC

Bryan E. Bloom
Head of Enterprise Sales

Diana Welch Howell​
Laurel Road for Hospitals

Pete Wheeler
Sr Vice President & Group Manager – Healthcare and Insurance Vertical

Neil Wyant
Vice President, Investment & Commercialization
UH Ventures

Research-led Innovations | Ohio Taking the Lead in Life Sciences​

J. Michael Oakes​
SVP Research & Technology Management
Case Western Reserve University

Cheryl Turnbull​
Senior Director, Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship
The Ohio State University

AI-Driven Business | Crafting the Corporations of Tomorrow

Kirk Ball
Executive Vice President & CIO
Giant Eagle

Tonjia Coverdale​
SVP, Chief Strategy Officer for Operations & Technology
Associated Bank​

Ryan Kean​
Chief Information Officer
Total Quality Logistics

Gregory Simpson​
Retired CTO
Synchrony Financial
Author of The Quantum Contingent

Forging the Future | Ohio’s Tech-Driven Evolution in Legacy Sectors​

Sean Ganley​
Thompson Hine​

Carly Cahlik​
IronTek Solutions

Dallas Hogensen​
Cofounder & CEO

Andrew Hurst
Founder & CEO
Delivered, Inc

Darren Small
Cofounder & CEO

Serial Successes | Building a Culture of Innovation with Proven Talent​

Elio Harmon 

Gerald Hetrick

Charlie Lougheed​

Cortney Marchetti​
Director of Talent Management

Ry Walker​
Founder & CEO

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