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What makes Cincinnati great? The talented people. How do we attract more? Keep moving ahead and inspire others to join us. The many entrepreneurs and strong talent from all walks of life have made Cincinnati a champion for decades. That same can-do spirit exists today stronger than ever as evidenced by world-class startup incubators and accelorators like The Brandery, UpTech and The Inkubator. From the business sector to nonprofits to the arts, each week in Soapbox we profile the tremendous talent in our region.

Talent Features

Zanele Fotofocus

Sixty exhibitions from CAC to CAM at FotoFocus biennial

Sixty FotoFocus exhibitions and over 100 events opened at the photography and lens-based 2016 art biennial, “The Undocument,” which started Oct. 1 and runs through January.


Water tech accelerator draws national attention

Pipeline H2O, a new water technology accelerator program, and Confluence, a water technology innovation cluster, are drawing a national and international spotlight to the region's water assets while also working to attract new water-focused innovators and businesses to the region.


The Drawing Dept cleans up at the ninth annual CRAN awards

On Sept. 8, 100 local architects, builders and building supply companies gathered for the ninth annual CRAN awards. Ten firms took home awards, and six of them went to the Drawing Dept.


How affordable artist housing can help cultural communities "celebrate themselves"

Artspace's long history of working with culturally distinct communities in the development of affordable artist live/work housing allows artists to celebrate themselves from Harlem to Honolulu.

Ryan Eder

Award-winning fitness designer Ryan Eder infuses technology with inclusivity

Liberty Township native and UC grad Ryan Eder has received international attention for inventing a fitness system accessible by every gender, age and ability level.
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Talent Videos


Inclusion that's worth working for

Starfire is celebrating another year of building better lives for people living with disabilities with two events this week, the Breakfast Fundraiser June 16 and the Story Soiree June 17, both at 20th Century Theater in Oakley.


Take a ride down the mighty Mill Creek

Mention to someone that you're going to canoe on Mill Creek, and they'll likely fit you for a HazMat suit. Undaunted, Soapbox was intrigued by the opportunity to explore this oft-abused and misunderstood regional asset.


Victory of Light Psychic Festival

The Victory of Light Psychic Festival was held April 9-10 at the Sharonville Convention Center, billed as "Cincinnati's premier body, mind & spirit event."


Pop up umbrella dancing as creative placemaking

Placemaking efforts bring artists together with residents and developers to build community, including nearly 200 people who created a surprise dance video with umbrellas at a LISC/ArtsWave luncheon.


A fundraising video of reckless optimism

Cincinnati native Chelsea Koglmeier combines her experience in entrepreneurship and her passion for social good to launch Bikes of Reckless Optimism this week via an Indiegogo campaign.
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