about the circuit

The Circuit is the information Technology association for the Greater Cincinnati tri-state region, including Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. The Circuit a non-profit created to enhance the development of technology related companies and institutions on the greater Cincinnati area. The Circuit is a member of Ohio’s IT Alliance, a statewide network of six regional organizations with the common goal of growing and improving the competitiveness of Ohio’s information technology industry.

Circuit Leadership Team



Networking

The Circuit provides many opportunities for its members to network and learn from each other, at the monthly Breakfast Bytes and Regional Entrepreneur Forum morning events, its peer-networking Circles, and its special events like the annual Scholarship Golf Outing. Visit the Events Calendar for a current list of events, and to register for an event.

The Senior Officer of the members also network in an invitation-only event each spring, the CEO Forum.

Education

The Circuit’s morning Breakfast Bytes and Regional Entrepreneur Forum events provide practical education that members can put to use immediately, presented by outstanding professionals from this Region and beyond. Topics focus on information technology, sales and marketing and entrepreneurship subjects of current interest to members. These events are open to the public.

The Circuit’s C-Cap initiative also presents special events for entrepreneurs and early-stage investors. The annual Entrepreneur Boot Camp, for example, has become a premier regional event. Visit C-Cap’s website for more information on these programs and events.

Access to Capital

C-Cap is affiliated with the Queen City Angels group of investors, who invest in young companies with high growth potential. C-Cap is also part of the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier entrepreneurship initiative, providing mentoring and other assistance to startups. See the Financing page and the C-Cap website for more information on capital and resources available for entrepreneurs and technology companies.

Advocacy

The Circuit has established a leadership role in bringing the local IT industry's high-priority positions and concerns to the attention of federal, state and local policymakers and media. Our goal has been, and will continue to be, working to promote IT's robust growth and contribution to the new economy. Information sharing is the foundation of The Circuit's advocacy efforts. We work with the Ohio IT Alliance to promote the IT industry in the state and to promote key issues that affect our membership, such as:

  • Corporate Franchise Taxes: Working with the Ohio IT Alliance, The Circuit helped to initiate the proposed suspension of corporate franchise taxes for venture-funded start-ups.
  • Media Awareness: The Circuit, along with its members, has developed a strong media outreach campaign to help print, television, radio and other media outlets better understand the role of both new and traditional IT businesses in the regional economy.

History

Susan Hirsch of The Sant Corporation moved to Cincinnati in 1993. She had been active in the Chicago Software Association and was looking for the same kind of networking, industry collaboration and education that was available in Chicago. Finding none, she sent a letter to several software companies inviting them to an organizational meeting. She was overwhelmed with the response, as more than 50 companies were represented at that first meeting. The Greater Cincinnati Software Association was founded, and Ed Bauer, now President of SCH Technologies, was elected the first president. The GCSA was incorporated as a 501 c (6) non-profit trade association in 1997 and began to expand its influence in Greater Cincinnati's high tech community.

In 1999, members of the GCSA Board were instrumental in forming Ohio's IT Alliance, an Edison Network. In January 2000, GCSA became a member of the Southwest Ohio IT Alliance.

Through the vision of our founder, Susan Hirsch, the initial leadership of Ed Bauer, and subsequently, Presidents Tony Shipley, retired President of Entek IRD and Terry Wright, President of docuVision, the organization has grown to include more than 175 IT companies in a tightly knit community called The Circuit - Cincinnati's Digital Connection.

Ohio's IT Alliance

Ohio's IT Alliance is a statewide network of six regional organizations with one common goal: growing and improving the competitiveness of Ohio's information technology (IT) industry. These six groups - in Dayton, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo and Athens - serve as a rallying point for their region's IT activities and create the structure for defining and developing programming necessary to retain and grow the industry across the state.

Together with our 1,100 members representing over 6,000 IT organizations, we work collaboratively to insure that Ohio's IT resources are shared, leveraged and optimized for the benefit of the entire industry.

Ohio's IT Alliance is an Edison Technology Center, supported and funded by the Ohio Department of Development's Thomas Edison Program and chartered by the Governor of Ohio.