About Us

Introducing Queen City Crowdfunding

Queen City Crowdfunding is a volunteer organization launched in 2014, whose mission is to strengthen the Cincinnati region by increasing the crowd-financing of local businesses and projects. We want local entrepreneurs and creative individuals to build the businesses that generate jobs and improve our quality of life.


Our Mission

Increasing Public Awareness

While crowdfunding is growing quickly, many people in this region have not heard about it, or are only vaguely familiar with it. We will be featuring local entrepreneurs’ great ideas in local media and at local events, to increase the public’s awareness of crowdfunding.

Closing the Funding Gap

We have connected with many, many entrepreneurs who have the ideas and energy to create successful businesses, but do not have the personal connections or cash to finance their venture until they are profitable and bankable. Crowdfunding is filling that gap around the world, and we want Cincinnati to be in the forefront of that success.

Leveling the Playing Field

Our region has built a strong support system for the ultra-high-growth ‘gazelle’ ventures that attract venture capital. QCC helps those ventures, but we also support the vast majority of businesses that do not appeal to traditional investors but together create many of the middle class jobs that are the backbone of the region.

The Dream Team

Jim Cunningham

General Manager

Jim Cunningham managed the operations of the Queen City Angels startup investor group for 13 years before launching this site. He was also President of TheCircuit, the information technology association of the Cincinnati region. Earlier he was a business and finance attorney in private practice and in two privately owned tech companies.  While an attorney he was selected for Who’s Who in American Law and The Best Lawyers in America, and was  a founding Fellow and a Regent of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, the national honor society of attorneys in that field. He currently runs Triannic LLC, where he is a volunteer mentor for local startups.

Kim Sykes

Digital Strategist

Maker Marketing works with bold brands to articulate voice, create influence, and change the world. As owner of Maker Marketing, Kim has more than 9 years of experience in digital marketing and content creation. From brands appearing on Shark Tank, to local Bad Girl Ventures Class winners, Kim primarily works with startups in the CPG, software, and health/IT space.

As a recovering journalist and writer at heart, Kim launched her career as a storyteller in the sports communications industry. Kim was then introduced to the ad agency world as a marketing strategist at a firm focused on re-branding and product launches.

Kim obtained her MBA with a concentration in marketing from the University of Cincinnati. She also obtained a Masters of Science in Marketing and a BA in Journalism from UC.

Kevin Wilson

Public Relations Manager

Kevin Wilson has more than 18 years of experience delivering strategic communications and marketing counsel and services. Whether writing keynote speeches or contributed articles, developing content marketing strategies or customer case study programs, Wilson helps clients share their stories to the right audience at the right time and in the right way.

For the past 11 years, Wilson has served as a PR consultant and speechwriter for companies in a variety of industries. Prior to starting Wilson PR, he worked as a communications specialist for Novell, a Massachusetts-based information solutions provider, and as a senior account executive for a tech PR boutique based in Salt Lake City.

He has also served in marketing and public relations roles for VoiceStream Wireless (now T-Mobile), iMall, Inc. (purchased by Excite@Home in 1999), and an early Internet Service Provider.

Jyotsna Sharma

Web Designer & Digital Marketer

Jyotsna is a recent graduate of Miami University, majoring in  Marketing and minoring in Business Analytics. She is currently hard at work in the field of customer analytics and project management. Jyotsna has a variety of marketing and sales experiences including event marketing, print advertising, social media marketing, and client relationship management. Jyotsna also has a wide range of “analytics” experience ranging from web analytics to data mining and predictive modeling. Being from Middletown, Ohio,  Jyotsna is passionate about supporting the Cincinnati region business ecosystem. She has completed web design projects for several Cincinnati entrepreneurs to help them launch their start-up businesses.

Miami University Crowdhawk Launch Team

Queen City Crowdfunding is fully dedicated to spreading awareness and promoting crowdfunding as a viable option for startup businesses, ideas, and projects in the Greater Cincinnati Region. As part of this effort, QCC joined forces with Miami University’s Farmer School of Business – Institute for Entrepreneurship to give students real world experience in startup financing and marketing. Miami professors Mark Lacker and Jessica Reading led this initiative, teaching market segmentation in the context of QCC to students from an array of business and non-business majors and minors. The students learned about crowdfunding through researching current trends and online portals in the growing market. Then the students dug deeper in their research of crowdfunding understanding, perceptions, and use in the Greater Cincinnati Region. The Queen City Crowdfunding team enjoyed working with a great group of passionate students, and hopes the Miami CrowdHawks will continue exploring the growth of the startup industry and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Miami University’s Farmer School of Business – Institute for Entrepreneurship has been recognized both regionally and nationally:

  • Entrepreneurship faculty have been awarded more than 20 distinguished teaching awards.
  • Ranked “Top 25 Best Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs” each of the last six years by Entrepreneur Magazine and Princeton Review.
  • “Best Program in Social Entrepreneurship” in 2012 by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC).


Miami Crowdhawk Launch Team
Miami Crowdhawk Launch Team

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