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Candice Matthews-Brackeen

Founder and CEO
Candice Matthews-Brackeen is the Founder and CEO of Lighthouse, the Cincinnati based portfolio service firm whose family of companies include startup education programs Hillman and NewMe— and WMBE focussed venture capital fund Lightship, where she serves as Managing Partner. Lighthouse companies work together in support of tech-driven startups led by underrepresented entrepreneurs.

As CEO of Hillman, the first startup education program in the Midwest providing support exclusively to WMBEs, Candice has influenced state policy around economic inclusion in addition to establishing meaningful partnerships with companies like Procter & Gamble, Kroger, and Chase in support of Hillman’s work.

Candice has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience including co-founding Hello Parent, a national safety technology partner of the Brady Campaign to Reduce Gun Violence, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She later founded the Cincinnati Chapter of the Black Founders Network (BFN), to address the need for increased diversity and inclusion efforts in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Candice currently serves on the board of the Cincinnati Squash Academy, the Advisory Board for the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Northern Kentucky University, and has recently served on the Board of Directors at Beech Acres Parenting Center where she chaired the Parenting Innovation and Technology Committee. She also holds a Director seat on the board of the Justin T. Wright Suicide Prevention
Initiative and Depression Research Foundation.

She is a recipient of both the VentureOhio Catalyst of the Year and the Cincinnati Business Courier Women Who Mean Business awards, and maintains a busy fundraising schedule, working diligently to identify and develop transformative tech startups. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Global Accelerator Network and also serves on the Cincinnati Squash Academy Board. Candice holds a BA Economics from the University of Cincinnati where she was a Hewitt-Kautz Fellow.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, September 10

2:00pm EDT