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QCA's 24th Annual 

Entrepreneur Boot Camp









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Antony Seppi is Director of the Alloy Growth Labs (a Top 10 Business Incubator) in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is responsible for coaching, strategy, partnership, programming, operations, and outreach within the "startupcincy" community. Prior to that he was co-founder of an award winning incubator and accelerator program in Hamilton, OH. His background is in urban planning, specializing in economic development, small business, and collaborating across multiple organizations to leverage the assets of communities to transform them into places where small businesses thrive and grow.

Antony Seppi                Director, Alloy
Growth Labs

Sally spent 36 years with The Dow Chemical Company and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. Since retiring she has started her own consulting business, Strategic Product Development, which focuses on the front end of the innovation process. She also mentors start-ups and entrepreneurs through various programs in the Cincinnati area and at Purdue University. Sally has been active in The Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) since 1988 both nationally and at the chapter level.


Sally Kay
Strategic Product Development
Marvin Abrinica

Marvin is the founder of the Thrivera, a brand consulting agency in the Cincinnati entrepreneurial ecosystem. He helps entrepreneurs create their brands to help them get funded and into growth stage. Prior to Thrivera, Marvin spent 18 years with Procter & Gamble as a Brand Manager, Sourcing Leader, and Corporate trainer. He’s an active advisor and investor to startups including Frameri, Wyzerr, and many others. Marvin is also a public speaker & leadership trainer who regularly gives talks on branding & marketing for businesses, accelerators, incubators. He gave his first TEDx talk in 2014.

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Dr. Glenn Platt is Gameful Strategist at JukeStrat a boutique consulting group focused on venture building; transformational, social justice & impact consulting; communications & media strategy; and brand & market positioning. He has been a Professor at Miami University for almost 3 decades. He brings insight from the frontiers of digital marketing, technology, video games, design, and business to build next generation models for higher education and industry. 

Dr. Glenn Platt
Miami University 
& JukeStrat
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Tom Humphrey joined Wood Herron & Evans in 1993. He concentrates his practice on electronic, software and computer technologies, including systems and methodologies for practicing and doing business. Tom is involved in acquisition, licensing and analysis of all types of intellectual property, and litigation relating to intellectual property.


“Businesses need to understand how IP relates to their products, their customers, and their competitors, and use that understanding to optimize their use of IP. That’s why I’m here.”

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Jeanette Renshaw is Partner & Head of Start-up Growth at GrowthX who helps B2B tech start-ups 


Jeanette Renshaw
Tom Humphrey
Wood Herron & Evans
Drew Boyd

Drew Boyd

University of Cincinnati

Drew Boyd is Professor-Educator of Marketing and Innovation at the University of Cincinnati's Master of Science in Marketing program. In addition, he is a LinkedIn Learning Instructor who shares his marketing expertise to a global audience. He is a C-suite advisor on creativity and innovation, international public speaker, award-winning author and podcaster. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts, trainers and thought leaders in corporate innovation methods.  

Michael Hurley

Calfee Halter

Michael Hurley represents businesses on formation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and venture capital arrangements. He provides counsel to venture capital and buyout funds, start-up companies and investors in such funds and companies, as well as assisting clients access the capital markets through angel and venture funding rounds. His counsel covers full spectrum of the business cycle - from start-up through maturation and exit strategies - and a broad range of industries, including chemicals, construction, healthcare, energy and consumer products.


Mike Halloran is currently a professor at Xavier University for MBA and entrepreneurship. He has lots of experience in digital marketing where he has worked for large and mid-size companies as well as plenty of startup experience. He is a serial entrepreneur that is continuously seeking new ideas and helping students turn their business ideas into a reality. He is an investor for Queen City Angels and the VP of Marketing and Mentoring for OCEAN Accelerator Programs. 

Mike Halloran

Xavier University

QCA Member

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Tony is Founder and Chairman of Queen City Angels. QCA is an inaugural member of the Angel Capital Association. Tony served as Past Chair of ACA and Chairs the AIF Seed the Future Campaign. He has founded and/or invested in over 50 start-ups and has served on various QCA portfolio company boards. During his career he worked as an engineer and marketing manager. In 1981 he founded Entek Scientific, a software company providing mechanical engineering application packages that he built to be an internationally recognized supplier of plant machinery monitoring systems. He sold to Rockwell Automation in 2000. 

Tony Shipley

Founder & Chairman

Queen City Angels

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Kim Banham is a Principal at Connetic Ventures, and is responsible for finding early stage companies for investment.  Connetic Ventures uses proprietary data and technology as a tool when investing in startups.   Using data removes all bias from the investment process.  At Connetic, 42% of our portfolio companies were founded by Women or Minority founders.  The national average is 6%.   At Connetic we believe gut plus science results in better investments.  If you are a startup looking for funding we would like to invite you to talk to Wendal.  Wendal, is our AI and what we use to analyze and help make investments in companies. You can apply for funding here:

Kim Banham

Connetic Ventures

QCA member

These are just a few of our guest speakers that will guide your professional development during the Boot Camp!

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