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The Halo Effect Newsletter

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Standard Bariatrics

Standard Bariatrics is a clinical-staged company developing and commercializing innovate medical devices for the surgical treatment of obesity. Its Standard Clamp was cleared by the FDA in August c2017, and today more than 32 hospitals are using the device. [Read more…]

SoLo Funds Finds Home in Cincinnati

Travis Holoway left his home in New York City to take a chance on himself, building a start-up in a new city amongst strangers. Jump forward a few months, and Holoway is now a fan of the city and the “strangers” who have helped him establish Solo Funds, a mobile lending exchange connecting lenders with borrowers for the purpose of providing more affordable access to loans under $1,000. [Read more…]

Queen City Angels Leads New Investment in CRäKN

Company using investment to bring never before seen innovations to the death-care industry [Read more…]

QCA Rising with New Ascent Program

Earlier this year, QCA launched the Ascent program with the purpose to add diversity and unique perspectives to QCA with a goal to welcome younger members, more women and people of color. Ascent is an outgrowth of a key strategic imperative for QCA to improve diversity and inclusion. The effort will make QCA a better organization that [Read more…]

Introduction to Early Stage Investing (for Women)

March 31, 2017 June 10, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Union Hall Cintrifuse 1311 Vine Street Cincinnati, OH 45202“Introduction to Early Stage Investing” is a one-day workshop that covers the basics of this exciting asset class. It is an event for women, presented exclusively by women in the industry. Women are considered the next wave of investors. While opportunities [Read more…]

QCA Entrepreneur Bootcamp

March 29, 2017 ENERGIZE YOUR THINKING ABOUT YOUR START-UP!THIS IS AN INTENSIVE TWO-DAY WORKSHOP DESIGNED FOR EARLY STAGE GROWTH-COMPANIES AND FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS!More than 100 entrepreneurs, angel investors, mentors, and business experts from across the region will assemble in Cincinnati to help founders at the 16th Annual Queen City Angels’ Entrepreneur Boot Camp, June 6-7, 2017. Our subject matter [Read more…]

Cintrifuse: Born to Make Things Happen in Cincinnati

March 24, 2017 Back in 2010, the Cincinnati Business Committee, the same group that formed 3CDC, set its sites on turning Cincinnati into a growth city. The group wondered where the growth was going to come from, as the expectation was that it couldn’t continue to come from the same big companies who are as likely to lay [Read more…]

The Halo Effect

March 24, 2017 For the past 20 years, Brian Berning has been a consistent presence within the entrepreneurial and start-up community in Cincinnati. As Office Managing Partner at BDO USA LLP, Berning is a CPA and trusted business advisor specializing in M&A, tax planning and entrepreneurial growth strategies. He is also a member of the firm’s technology executive [Read more…]

Sense Diagnostics

March 24, 2017 PART ONEUpwards of 25 percent of the four million annual ICU admissions in the United States experience neurological complications. Half a million ICU admissions are due to brain diseases and 75 percent of these experience clinical worsening due to brain bleeding or swelling. Beyond the ICU, there is no convenient, non-invasive method for brain monitoring [Read more…]

Beth Rader on Women and Angel Investing

March 24, 2017 Beth Rader has been a member of QCA for over five years and is enthusiastic about the benefits of angel investing for investors, entrepreneurs and the community at large. As one of the still relatively few women angel investors in the Cincinnati area, Beth recently shared a few of her perspectives with The Halo Effect.Why [Read more…]

Queen City Angels Closes Largest Fund in Group’s History

February 22, 2016 $10 Million First Fund V includes $5 million in match funds from Ohio Third Frontier Queen City Angels has closed the largest fund in the group’s history. The $10 million First Fund V (FFV) is the fifth in a family of funds and includes $5 million in private funds from QCA members and two Cincinnati-based [Read more…]

Queen City Angels Invests in Divine Services Corporation

July 15, 2016 Queen City Angels (QCA) recently completed an investment in Divine Services Corporation, a growing traditional and on-demand valet service for downtown Dayton and Cincinnati. In addition to its traditional valet offerings, Divine Services is modernizing valet services. The company uses mobile teams that will customers anywhere within the service area to pick up their vehicles [Read more…]

A Trusted Legal Partner

July 15, 2016 Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP (Taft) is a valuable QCA partner. Since QCA’s formation over 15 years ago, we have engaged with Taft to provide a number of legal services needed by QCA. Taft has a strong presence in this region with over 400 attorneys practicing every area of law. The firm understands the business [Read more…]

Brick and MORTAR…

July 15, 2016 The number of resources available to entrepreneurs and start-up companies continues to grow in Cincinnati. In 2014, three friends started an organization focused on serving underserved downtown communities such as Walnut Hills and Over the Rhine. MORTAR fulfills its purpose by “offering non-traditional entrepreneurs the opportunity to use their inherent talents to not just make [Read more…]

Angel Spotlight: Don McKee

July 15, 2016 Over the past eight years, Don McKee has become a leading member of the Queen City Angels. He has been instrumental in arranging and then raising the initial and follow-on financings for six companies and currently serves as a lead board member for four companies. In 2013, after nomination by one of his portfolio companies, [Read more…]

One-on-One with an Angel: Richard Westheimer

December 29, 2015 1 What is your professional background, and how did it prepare you for your role in QCA? I began my professional life as a 20-year Cincinnati Public School elementary school teacher and then leadership consultant for the schools. In the mid 90s, I took over our family office, managing and then initiating our alternative and [Read more…]

Angel View: Four Reasons Why Start-ups Should Consider Cincinnati

December 21, 2015, One does not have to look very far or search very hard to find news about why Cincinnati is a great place to start a business. Reporters and writers from national publications are touting the great resources in the city while start-up founders attracted to local accelerators and incubators in the city craft blogs with [Read more…]

Earning Your Wings: Ecolibrium Solar

December 21, 2015 Ecolibrium Solar® is an emerging market leader in next-generation racking solutions for commercial and residential rooftops. Based in the U.S., the firm designs and manufactures simple, cost-effective, and installer-friendly products that maximize solar installation efficiency and minimize costs. Ecolibrium Solar provides innovative, lower-cost and labor-saving racking technology supported by thousands of residential and commercial customers, industry [Read more…]


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