Ideas start and grow at SQUARE1

Our mission to uncover, educate, support,

and inspire emerging entrepreneurs.

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350+ ideas and over 1,450 kids

We guide our innovators to challenge status quo. The ability to identify opportunities and solve problems changes lives.

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Traditional education is not enough to compete in the 21st century

We teach critical thinking, opportunity recognition, communication (networking & presenting), innovation, and build confidence through real-world experiences.

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What if kids truly understood the opportunities available to them

Our innovators have opportunities for internships, experiential learning, and interact with entrepreneurs through SQUARE1 programs and partners.

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We engage our innovators with the community, businesses, and entrepreneurs.


We started because we were tired
of seeing good people and ideas
slip through the cracks.

We help where others do not.
SQUARE1, a not-for-profit, is an entrepreneur education
and business igniter providing resources to a broad range
of professionals and students to help turn ideas and
interests into thriving businesses and careers.


Just getting started.


Ready to increase revenue.


Connect to opportunities.


Varied entrepreneur curriculum.


Keith Schneider

CEO and founder of SQUARE1

Sarah Leyshock

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Vincent Williams

Treasurer of SQUARE1 and founder of Orchestrate Technologies

Colin Mayfield

Reporter and Morning Anchor for WLWT News 5 Today

Yvan Demosthenes

Fundraising Committee, Consulting Services and Retail

Craig Buchholz

CCO at Proctor and Gamble

Dan Groneck

Senior Advisor for U.S. Bank groups

Danielle Zink

Director of Development at Orchestrate Technologies

Tony Knies

Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati District Market Manager Vice President, U.S. Bank

Steve Wright

Consultant, MCF Advisors