Featured Speaker – Mark Richey, Vice President, BioEnterprise

Mark is an experienced technologist, executive, founder, and private equity investor. He currently serves as BioEnterprise Vice President, The Global Center for Health Innovation and Venture Partner, Medical Growth Fund. Previously he was founder/Managing Director of West Capital Advisors, a corporate innovation and venture investment advisory firm and West Capital Partners, a venture investment vehicle for family offices. Mark also served as a Managing Director in Draper Triangle Ventures, an early stage venture fund.

Mark has been involved in many entrepreneurial ventures. He founded Synchrony Communications in 1997 raising $38 million in funding from leading VCs, including Charles River Ventures, APAX Partners and GE Equity. He grew the company to a size of more than 130 employees in four cities serving over 80 customers, including Cincinnati Bell, Bank of America, and Proctor & Gamble. In prior years Mark served in management roles with a series of venture backed Silicon Valley companies, including Gain Technology (sold to Sybase), Siebel Systems (IPO), and Genesys Telecommunications (IPO). After graduate school he worked in management consulting with Theodore Barry & Associates (Los Angeles). Mark began his career as a software engineer with Cincom Systems (Cincinnati).

Mark founded the Corporate Innovation Institute (Ci2). He is also co-Founder of the Cincinnati Consumer Summit (merged with Brandemonium), an invite-only event bringing together leading innovators, investors and corporate executives to review real world case studies and debate the future of consumer engagement.

Mark currently serves as an observer on the boards of OnShift, Amplifinity, and LabelInsight, and is an Advisory Council member for the GreenLight Foundation | Cincinnati.

Mark holds an M.B.A. from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and a BS Systems Analysis from Miami University.

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