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Powderkeg Pitch Night at Woodward Theater

January 17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Don’t miss this electric night full of stories and ideas that are igniting the conversation around Cincy tech! After filling the Woodward with a sold-out audience at our first-ever event in November, Powderkeg Cincinnati is BACK to celebrate our thriving startup & tech community. We’ll have three local founders from three different markets pitching their ideas, sharing their stories and taking tough questions from our advisors for the night.

Come out to the second Powderkeg Cincinnati event at the Woodward Theater at 5:30 PM!

Cincinnati Startups Powderkeg


If you’ve never experienced a Powderkeg pitch, now’s your opportunity to catch 3 of the most exciting companies in Cincinnati. Each startup will have just 5 minutes on stage to pitch their startup—no exceptions.

Read on to learn more about our tech founders and investors. But first, we want to give a huge thank you to the sponsors and partners who’ve made this event possible:


We’ve got a killer group of presenting entrepreneurs for you this month. Check these high-growth tech companies:

  • CompleteSet: a web, iOS and Android app that provides hand-curated archives of collectibles from fans’ favorite brands, helping collectors find what they want the most.
  • tilr: the first true algorithmic hiring solution, revolutionizing the process for both companies and job seekers.
  • ReadySet Surgical: a surgical coordination platform for loaners and consignments that consolidates logistics and communication through one dashboard for all team members.


The founders will have 5 minutes of Q&A from our panel of “advisors” after each pitch when you’ll get to learn exactly how investors think and how the entrepreneurs respond on the fly. Our advisors bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives, which is sure to make for interesting questions and discussion!

Tarek Kamil | CEO and Founder, Cerkl

Tarek is the CEO of Cerkl, a company he started with one mission – driving engagement. Tarek has a long history of developing innovation solutions. He has spent the last 20 years building companies to solve real problems in new and innovative ways, most commonly through technology, big data, machine learning and predictive analytics. Tarek was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year, and is an award-winning speaker with engagements including TEDx Xavier University, Proctor and Gamble, the Data Science Summit Las Vegas, Sloan Analytics Conference MIT, Greater Cincinnati Chamber Small Business Awards Keynote, BoldFusion YP Conference, UnPolished, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Dayton.

Elizabeth Edwards | Founder and General Partner, H Venture Partners

Elizabeth Edwards is a General Partner of H Venture Partners, a venture and early growth equity fund that invests in consumer products and devices. Her previous portfolio includes Peloton (now $1.5 Bn), Freshly (recent $77M growth round with Nestle), Joy, Aloha, OneHope, GoldieBlox, The Infatuation, Soma, and Farmer’s Fridge. Previously, at West Capital, she invested in CardioInsight (acquired: Medtronic), ALung, OnShift, and Paydiant (acquired: Paypal). Edwards began her career in the Strategy & Operations practice of Deloitte Consulting, working with clients like Johnson & Johnson and XM Satellite Radio.

Tony Blankemeyer | Head of Partnerships, 84.51˚

Tony Blankemeyer drives business growth and acceleration by building strategic connections between people, companies and ideas. Blankemeyer leverages his diverse experience across high growth technology companies and global agencies. Also serving as the Startup Liaison, Tony infuses innovation through their Startups in Residence program and strategic investments. 84.51° is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Kroger Company. Prior to 84.51°, Blankemeyer served as Director of Strategy & Marketing at the venture-backed company, Zipscene. During his tenure Blankemeyer functioned as a strategist for some of the world’s largest restaurant brands, and led brand communications as the company tripled in size.


Todd Henderson | Entrepreneur, Advisor, Mentor, Powderkeg Ambassador

Todd is a business consultant, advisor, mentor and advocate for new and emerging companies. He has helped grow many emerging stage technology ventures, most notably Get Satisfaction, Modulus (Brandery ’12) and Losant (Techstars ’16) and served as lead instigator for Cincinnati expansions of tech-oriented organizations including BLK Hack, Tech Elevator and now Powderkeg. Todd is proudly a “BigCo expat,” having served over a decade in leadership roles growing brands in Fortune 100 companies including GE and J&J. He currently serves as Managing Partner for Gallus Loup, Director of Startup Grind Cincinnati and proudly an Ambassador for Powderkeg Cincinnati.


As always, there will be plenty of time to connect with our growing community. Here’s the agenda:

  • 5:30 — Doors open: General networking
  • 6:00 — Pitches from 3 fast-growing Cincy companies
  • 7:00 PM — General networking and Open House with the Woodward
  • 8:00 PM — Go home with new ideas and inspiration


Do you think we’d let you go thirsty or hungry? No way! We are going to have local beer and wine and tasty eats available all night.

Tickets are limited to the first 150! RSVP now to reserve your spot.

Thank you to our amazing partners:



Woodward Theater
1404 Main St
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States
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