About Us

We believe Northeast Ohio is full of promise

Unfortunately, few delivered on it.

For years, we watched many chart escape routes from the Midwest. Businesses, talent, ideas and capital kept leaving for established coastal tech hubs.

Too many thought that was the only path to success. Our team knew better. And we set out to prove it.

We believe Northeast Ohio is full of promise and we’re committed to keeping it here.

Our Mission

To maximize the Northeast Ohio startup ecosystem through investment in local, regional and coastal companies and funds to create deal flow.

Our Vision

Northeast Ohio can be a premier Midwest startup hub. And it will be – with bigger thinking and streamlined connections between startups and investors both locally and on the coasts.

Our Values

We promise the companies we work with:

Honesty. A promise made is a promise kept.

Transparency. We strive to deliver clarity in every interaction.

Innovation. We look for new ways to leverage technology.

Our Team

Experienced venture capitalists, fund managers and entrepreneurs with proven success and deeply rooted in NE Ohio.

William J. Manby, Jr.

William J. Manby, Jr.

Founding & Managing Partner

William J. Manby, Jr.

Managing Director & Founding Partner

​Bill has spent his entire career in the financial services industry and his whole life as a proud advocate for Akron and Northeast Ohio. As a licensed security adviser, Bill connected an impressive collection of clients to a broad range of rewarding investment options. It wasn't long before he began raising money for local projects ranging from a medical device company to a fintech software provider. To date, every one of Bill's projects has either paid off or is still pursuing an exit. This track record of success led to him founding Fund I in late 2016 and has been his focus and passion ever since. In addition to his career accomplishments, Bill has led some of the area's most successful capital campaigns and fundraising efforts for charities including the Akron Rotary Camp. Bill remains dedicated to the community and serves on the board of several non-profits.

William J. Manby, Jr.

Managing Director & Founding Partner

​Bill has spent his entire career in the financial services industry and his whole life as a proud advocate for Akron and Northeast Ohio. As a licensed security adviser, Bill connected an impressive collection of clients to a broad range of rewarding investment options. It wasn't long before he began raising money for local projects ranging from a medical device company to a fintech software provider. To date, every one of Bill's projects has either paid off or is still pursuing an exit. This track record of success led to him founding Fund I in late 2016 and has been his focus and passion ever since. In addition to his career accomplishments, Bill has led some of the area's most successful capital campaigns and fundraising efforts for charities including the Akron Rotary Camp. Bill remains dedicated to the community and serves on the board of several non-profits.

Dan Hampu

Dan Hampu

Venture Partner & Operations Mgr.

Daniel J. Hampu

Venture Partner & Operations Manager

As the Director of Investing and VC Startup Advising at the Bounce Innovation Hub, Dan runs the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF) program and supports Bounce and its high-growth startups with capital strategy and fundraising. NEOSVF is a collaborative organization and program that gives college students from Northeast Ohio an opportunity to vet and fund high-growth potential startups. This unique enterprise has invested in 24 startups that have raised more than $24 million in follow-on funding.

He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Fontus Blue, Inc., a software-based startup company that develops solutions and supports people making exceptional drinking water for the public at more than 40 utilities across the US. He remains on their board of directors. Dan previously served as a New Venture Manager with the University of Akron Research Foundation, focusing on technology commercialization and due diligence. He co-managed the University of Akron's National Science Foundation I-Corps Sites program and managed deal flow for the ARCHAngels Investor Network. He has also taught entrepreneurship at the University of Mount Union in their department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration.

Daniel J. Hampu

Venture Partner & Operations Manager

As the Director of Investing and VC Startup Advising at the Bounce Innovation Hub, Dan runs the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF) program and supports Bounce and its high-growth startups with capital strategy and fundraising. NEOSVF is a collaborative organization and program that gives college students from Northeast Ohio an opportunity to vet and fund high-growth potential startups. This unique enterprise has invested in 24 startups that have raised more than $24 million in follow-on funding.

He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Fontus Blue, Inc., a software-based startup company that develops solutions and supports people making exceptional drinking water for the public at more than 40 utilities across the US. He remains on their board of directors. Dan previously served as a New Venture Manager with the University of Akron Research Foundation, focusing on technology commercialization and due diligence. He co-managed the University of Akron's National Science Foundation I-Corps Sites program and managed deal flow for the ARCHAngels Investor Network. He has also taught entrepreneurship at the University of Mount Union in their department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration.

Victoria Tifft

Victoria Tifft

Founding Partner & Sr. Advisor

Victoria Tifft

Founding Partner & Senior Advisor

Vicki began her career journey in the US Peace Corps West Africa in the field of infectious disease control. After contracting malaria, she returned to the US with a commitment to finding treatments for diseases around the globe. In 1994, Vicki founded ClinicalRM, a company that now has over 350 employees globally and was acquired by ICON for $40 million in 2016.

In 2012, the US Small Business Administration honored Vicki as the National Small Businessperson of the Year.

Victoria Tifft

Founding Partner & Senior Advisor

Vicki began her career journey in the US Peace Corps West Africa in the field of infectious disease control. After contracting malaria, she returned to the US with a commitment to finding treatments for diseases around the globe. In 1994, Vicki founded ClinicalRM, a company that now has over 350 employees globally and was acquired by ICON for $40 million in 2016.

In 2012, the US Small Business Administration honored Vicki as the National Small Businessperson of the Year.

Mike Rademacher

Mike Rademacher

Founding Partner & Sr. Advisor

Michael Rademacher

Founding Partner & Senior Advisor

Mike is a former President of PolyOne Distribution, a $1B division of PolyOne Corporation headquartered in Avon Lake, Ohio.

With more than 40 years of experience working in both large public and small privately owned companies, Mike is a proven leader in the industrial market sector. He successfully led commercial, functional and operational groups primarily in the plastics and chemical industry.

Michael Rademacher

Founding Partner & Senior Advisor

Mike is a former President of PolyOne Distribution, a $1B division of PolyOne Corporation headquartered in Avon Lake, Ohio.

With more than 40 years of experience working in both large public and small privately owned companies, Mike is a proven leader in the industrial market sector. He successfully led commercial, functional and operational groups primarily in the plastics and chemical industry.

Apurva Desai

Apurva Desai

Active MW Advisor

Nitin Pachisia

Nitin Pachisia

Active SV Advisor

Ben Bayat

Ben Bayat

Active SV Advisor

Steven Himmel

Steven Himmel

Active NYC Advisor

Howie Diamond

Howie Diamond

Active SV Advisor

Nathaniel Krasnoff

Nathaniel Krasnoff

Active SV Advisor

Mark S. Allio

Mark S. Allio

Advisor Committee

Doug Weintraub

Doug Weintraub

Advisor Committee

Mike de Windt

Mike de Windt

Advisor Committee

Regina Sosa Valdovinos

Regina Sosa Valdovinos

Future Superstar-Lead Due Diligence Intern

William Brune

William Brune

Future Superstar-Lead Due Diligence Intern

Bailey Thompson

Bailey Thompson

Future Superstar-Summer Intern

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