Ensure Adequate Capital for Ohio Startups
Foster a Collaborative Statewide Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Tell Ohio’s Story
Falon DonohueExecutive Director
Mark is a co-founder and partner at Drive Capital. Before co-founding the Columbus-based VC firm, Mark was the Interim Chief Investment Officer and President of JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit corporation leading Ohio’s job creation efforts. Prior to JobsOhio, Mark was a partner at Silicon Valley-based Sequoia Capital for 12 years, where he led investments in Linkedin (LKND – NYSE), MarkLogic, Cast Iron (IBM), and FunnyOrDie.com. Prior to Sequoia, Mark was the Chairman and CEO of CKS Group (CKSG – NASDAQ) and a founding member of Apple France.
Rich LangdalePresident and Capital Committee Chair
Rich is a co-founder and managing partner at NCT Ventures. Before co-founding the Columbus-based VC firm, Rich was the founder, CEO and Chairman of Digital Storage, Inc. and SubmitOrder.com and co-founder and lead investor of many other successful ventures. Rich has served on several nonprofit boards, and was a co-founder and developer of the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, where he served as a board member and taught undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA courses on entrepreneurship.
Tony is a co-founder and chairman of Queen City Angels. Prior to founding the Cincinnati-based angel group, Tony was a serial entrepreneur, co-founding several companies and non-profit business development organizations. Tony serves on several non-profit boards, including the Angel Capital Association.
Will IndestTreasurer and Advocacy Committee Chair
Will is a managing director at Draper Triangle Ventures. Prior to his role at the midwest-based VC firm, Will implemented and ran the Ohio Third Frontier’s Central Ohio Entrepreneurial Signature Program at TechColumbus (now Rev1 Ventures) as CEO of Investments and VP of Venture Development. Will has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, CEO, startup advisor, and preseed/seed private equity manager.
John McIlwraithResearch Committee Chair
John is a co-founder and managing director of Allos Ventures and managing director at Blue Chip Venture Partners. Before entering the VC world, John achieved success as a corporate attorney, representing early-stage companies and VC firms, and co-founding the Private Ventures group at Jones Day. John was the founding chairman of VentureOhio, and a founding board member of several early-stage venture initiatives throughout the region, including Gazelle TechVentures and the Michigan Venture Capital Association.
Karl ElderkinNominating and Governance Committee Chair
Karl is the founder and managing partner at Athenian Venture Partners. Before founding the Athens-based VC firm, Karl was co-head of the VC arm of Generics Group, PLC, an England-based technology consultancy, and prior to that, spent several years in engineering, manufacturing and capital investment management. Karl has led, co-led and participated in numerous IPOs and strategic acquisitions and serves on the board of directors of several early-stage companies including Manta Media, Prioria Robotics, and Sendio.
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