Startup Cincy Summer Soiree Success

Alloy Growth Lab hosted the first annual StartupCincy Summer Soiree on Thursday, July 28th at the Alloy Growth Lab campus in Norwood Ohio. Over 150 entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial support partners, angels, mentors, service providers, and friends of the StartupCincy ecosystem came together to celebrate, mingle and connect. Partners that presented included: The Minority Business Assistance Center, Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub, Cintrifuse, University of Cincinnati 1819, Main Street Ventures, TechSolve, and  Blue North. “StartupCincy Summer Soiree sponsored by Alloy Growth Lab was an evening full of opportunities. I had the opportunity to meet the owners of Ripple and contribute to their cause by purchasing a water bottle in which the proceeds went to building a water well in Namagera, a village in Eastern Uganda! The event was filled with music by DJ Monet, who was grooving all night with the oldies and latest jams.  I got lost in the skills of the jugglers, rhythmic gymnastics, and the friendly competitive corn hole and tennis games that took place. Derrick Braziel’s taco food truck was poppin’ with great food. Information from business resource partners was flowing and it was hot on all levels! The energy was high, and people were engaging…I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Can’t wait for next year”, said Deborah R. Davis, Cincinnati Regional MBAC Director.

The food and entertainment were also provided by local entrepreneurs. Taco startup Pata Roja, founded by area native Derrick Braziel, served over 400 tacos to hungry guests. Refreshments were provided by Bircus Brewery and Really Good Boxed Wine. Catherine Baxter, Founder of Nettie provided a pickleball set that transformed our parking lot into a competitive pickleball court.  Even the raffle prizes were provided by local startups, The Scribble Society, and Ripple Water. Thanks to the help of Event Map Studio, the event’s zero waste initiative saved over 400 plastic cups from the landfill by working with GoZero and Responsible Products. Last Mile Food Rescue was standing by in case of leftover food.

This event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors which included, Republic Bank, Ulmer, Queen City Angels, and Horan. “Pat Longo and his team can’t miss. After so much time with things locked down it was great to get back to a sense of normalcy, reconnect with friends and startups, and remember what is so great about our ecosystem. It was also a reminder that Alloy has never stopped working for entrepreneurs and that it remains a foundational institution here in Cincinnati.”

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