Lindsay Karas Stencel has been in venture capital for nearly 15 years. She is a Partner at Thompson Hine LLP running the VC and Emerging Companies group in Columbus where she focuses on growing venture capital, and increasing capital access generally, for entrepreneurs throughout the Midwest, representing venture firms and startups from Albany to Chicago.
Prior, Lindsay served as managing partner of NCT Ventures, making her one of the first female venture capital partners in the State of Ohio. There she has worked with the firm to structure 100s of transactions and proudly assisted the firm in being the top performing venture firm in the Midwest for its vintage years (2008 and 2013, respectively), according to PitchBook. In 2016, Lindsay became engaged with Launch New York, Inc. Buffalo-based 501(c)(3) venture development organization. There she led more than 90 transactions in less than three years, helping the firm become the most active in the State of New York and one the most active in the nation. Today, in addition to her above-mentioned roles, she is a co-founder of BOLD Ventures, an entrepreneur-first nationally-spanning early stage venture firm that is intentional about investing in people first, providing them with the resources and tools to empower them to make the best business decisions possible, which in turn, is aimed at producing top decile investor returns. She also helped to co-found The W Fund, a women-led, women-focused investment group acutely focused on investing in women-founded and women-led businesses across the country.
Lastly, Lindsay is an Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, teaching students about venture capital and venture deal structuring. Lindsay also is an active speaker internationally in the U.S., Canada and Europe, advocating for diversity and inclusion of women and minorities in finance, as well as instructing licensed attorneys and business people across the country on the establishment of venture firms and venture deal structuring.
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