Wendy Lea

Board Leader, CEO, and Entrepreneur in Boulder, Colorado

Wendy Lea

Board Leader, CEO, and Entrepreneur in Boulder, Colorado

Wendy is well-versed in building digital innovation strategies that facilitate organic growth and generate new revenue streams for organizations of all sizes. Having delivered go to market solutions to the technology industry in more than 30 countries, Wendy brings a diverse perspective to growth, innovation, and a strategic edge to her entrepreneurial pursuits. She’s a harmonious blend of San Francisco’s upstream edge, Boulder’s down to earth vibe, and the Deep South’s infectious charm.

From 2014 until very recently, Wendy served as CEO of Cintrifuse, a public-private partnership focused on economic vibrancy through startup innovation. Her success is marked by her ability to build and support startup communities, cultivate relationships with venture capitalists, and lean into networks of high-growth talent. Under Wendy’s leadership a framework was created for a sustainable innovation economy for the Greater Cincinnati Region, resulting in its recognition as the #1 startup ecosystem in Ohio. Wendy’s tenure in Cincinnati was illuminated by her shift toward community stewardship, where she invested her energy and expertise to the InterAlliance Board (high school tech talent), The Health Collaborative Board, and The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She was an active member of the Women's Capital Club and Cincinnati's Women Executive Forum. Most recently, she was nominated to Miami University’s Institute of Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and joined the State of Kentucky’s new Commercialization Advisory Board.

An entrepreneur at heart and a dedicated mentor, Wendy is experienced in connecting entrepreneurs with corporate and community resources needed to deliver new ways to solve old problems and ultimately reboot growth. She currently serves on the Board of Techstars, the #1 global network of entrepreneurs in the world, whose companies average over $1.6M in outside venture capital raised after graduating from the program. Wendy also offers mentorship as an “Expert” for Steve Case’s portfolio of companies in the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund. In these roles, she works with cross sector industry leaders to identify growth strategies and opportunities to drive efficiency that includes culture, processes, and access to technology enabled solutions to specific business challenges.

With her warm approach and dedication to innovative business building, Wendy fully embraces that "good relationships make good business.”