Bob Coy is president of CincyTech
, a nonprofit venture development organization that advises and invests in high-tech start-ups and also helps those entrepreneurs find and attract private venture money.
A native of Chambersburg, Pa., Bob was recruited to Cincinnati from St. Louis, where he served as senior vice president for entrepreneurial development at the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. From 1993-98, he was in Delaware as head of economic development and led initiatives to establish two venture capital funds and a pre-seed fund. In Pennsylvania, his responsibilities included serving as executive director of the Ben Franklin Partnership Program. There he oversaw the operations of the state's four regional technology centers, which make seed capital investment in promising technology companies.
Bob came to Cincinnati in 2005, when CincyTech was created in its current form with a $14.8 million grant from Ohio Third Frontier matched by $7.5 million from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and 20 other local organizations. It has so far invested more than $4 million in 13 start-ups in life sciences and information technology and helped create 220 jobs.