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Candace is a creative strategist that thrives on bringing ideas to life and advancing new ventures into meaningful applications. She is passionate about fostering a thriving, connected startup community in Dayton. Candace (@CandaceDRouge) is the Business Director at Ascend Innovations (@ascend_innovate), a medical technology realization lab. She leads market viability and market strategy for their portfolio, marketing and branding, and hospital access for product development. Her background is in advanced R&D for defense, healthcare and startups. She has an MBA and loves traveling, hiking and learning French.
Kaitlyn is a student at the University of Dayton, double majoring in finance and economics who has a passion for entrepreneurship. Kaitlyn is inspired by the development of downtown Dayton and believes that the startup community plays a key role in making Dayton successful and a fun city to be a part of.
Austin in a native Daytonian who is heavily involved in the startup scene. He works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Wright State Research Institute on the Dayton Metro Plan for Economic Diversity, which focuses on building tech commercialization strategies and supporting the startup community. He is on several startup teams in and around the Dayton area and has free lanced his own marketing services for a year and half. Austin serves on several non-profit boards in the Dayton area and is currently pursing a M.B.A. in health care management and finance from Wright State University.