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Lindsay Karas Stencel

NCT Ventures
Partner, Chief Legal Counsel & Fund Manager
Lindsay Karas Stencel has been in venture capital for nearly 15 years. As a licensed attorney in multiple states, Lindsay began her venture career on the pure deal side working in big law in New York. After she obtained her MBA from THE Ohio State University, she shifted to a true venture role in 2008 when she joined NCT Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based out of Columbus, OH. There she worked her way up the ranks from associate and in-house counsel, to become one of the managing partners and chief legal counsel, 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 assists the firm in being the top-performing venture firm in the Midwest for its vintage years (2008 and 2013, respectively), according to PitchBook.

Then, in 2016, Lindsay, who is born and raised in Buffalo, NY, became engaged with Launch New York, Inc., a Buffalo-based 501(c)(3) venture development organization that works to provide mentorship and funding to seed-stage businesses, industry agnostic, in the 27 westernmost counties of the State of New York. During Lindsay’s tenure with Launch NY, the firm has become the most active seed fund in the State of New York (and one of the most active in the nation), with over 60 transactions in less than two and a half years, which resulted in Lindsay being awarded the Early Stage Dealmaker of the Year by the Upstate Capital Association of New York for 2018.

Today, in addition to her above mentioned roles, she represents several select startups and Midwest venture funds and is a managing partner and co-founder of The W Fund, a women-led, women-focused, nationally-spanning investment firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and the Midwest that is acutely focused on getting venture funding into the hands of women and diverse entrepreneurs.

Lastly, Lindsay is an Adjunct Professor at THE Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, teaching 2L and 3L students about venture capital and venture deal structuring. Lindsay also is an active speaker nationally, 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.

In her limited spare time, Lindsay enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her husband and a slew of rescue dogs, and doing CrossFit at the gym she co-founded and owns with her husband, CrossFit Westerville.

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, September 10

10:00am EDT