EMPOWERING THE
NEXT GENERATION
OF ENTREPRENEURS

Main Street Ventures is working to become the community-funded initiative that makes entrepreneurship possible for everyone in Greater Cincinnati, by supporting entrepreneurs with what they need, when they need it: 

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CAPITAL

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CONNECTIONS

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EDUCATION

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PROGRAMS

LAUNCH IT: CINCY

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A pitch competition exclusively for undergraduate students in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Greater Dayton region.

 

The unique prize package will support the winning teams to stay in Cincinnati over the summer, build relationships within the Startup Ecosystem, and focus on building their business.

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GRANT FUNDING

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Main Street Ventures’ funding programs support local entrepreneurs in the idea/prototype and revenue stages with equity-free business start-up funding, rather than traditional investments.

Funding programs run on a quarterly basis and awards range from $5,000 - $30,000 to complete a project that will accelerate the growth of the business.

EDUCATION

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Programming that is developed and continuously evolved to meet the needs of entrepreneurs in the Greater Cincinnati Region to help ensure their long-term success.

 

Current Programming focuses on business financial education, building a leadership team, and growing founders’ support networks.

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD

Too many good ideas fall by the wayside because opportunities for starting and growing a business are not equally available to all founders in our community.

We look to support all good ideas and founders, but with a particular focus on women and minority entrepreneurs who have been historically under-represented in the startup community.

 

83% of entrepreneurs don't have access to funding when starting a business. Women and minority founders face even greater barriers to accessing funding and social capital.