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Coworking with Faith Voinovich

She’s a principal at the Ohio Innovation Fund.
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Faith Voinovich

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How would you describe your job to someone who doesn’t work in tech?

I evaluate startup companies for venture-capital investment based on product, market, and team considerations. If youve ever seen Shark Tank, it’s kind of like that, but with more high-tech companies and a lot more research (which we call due diligence).

What’s your favorite emerging tech project you’ve worked on?

I’m currently working with a company that’s solving the “range anxiety” issue for electric vehicles by expanding quick charging access to areas without a sophisticated electrical grid (think Appalachia, the Midwest, and many developing nations). Solutions like this reduce the barriers to adopting more sustainable options.

What emerging tech are you most optimistic about? Least?

I’m most optimistic about continued innovation in all things green energy (including renewables and battery improvements). I’m from the Midwest, and I’d love to see an advanced manufacturing and design revival for the region, taking existing factory infrastructure and re-imaging and repurposing it to produce more sustainable solutions.

I’m least optimistic about the future of autonomous vehicles at the moment—not because I don’t think the pursuit will continue to drive innovation—but because there’s a lot more work to be done on the legal/regulatory side prior to meaningful, at-scale implementation.

One thing we can’t guess from your LinkedIn profile?

I founded a company in high school called Bra Fusion. It didn’t go much of anywhere (and was decidedly not tech-y), but it was my first entrepreneurial endeavor, and I’ve been passionate about helping founders grow, scale, and succeed ever since! My entrepreneurship teacher, Ms. BBB, who encouraged me to take the entrepreneurial “leap of faith,” made a huge impact on my career trajectory.

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