Lindsay Karas Stencel
Lindsay Karas Stencel has been in venture capital for nearly 15 years. She is a Partner at Thompson Hine LLP running the New Ventures group in Columbus, OH where she focuses on growing venture capital, and increasing capital access generally, for entrepreneurs throughout the Midwest, representing venture firms and startups from NYC to Palo Alto. She is also the co-chair of the firm’s Fund Formation practice group, where she oversees venture, private equity, hedge, real estate, and other fund formation. She also serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair for the Columbus Office. She’s received numerous awards over her career, including being named to the Columbus Business First 40 Under 40 and ColumbusCEO Future50. She was named to the Best Lawyers list for Business Organizations and Structuring in 2020 and 2021.
Today, in addition to her above-mentioned roles, she is a co-founder of The W Fund, a women-led, women-focused investment group acutely focused on investing in women-founded and women-led businesses across the country. She is also the founder of BOLDER INC., a non-profit organization providing wellness resources to founders and teams. Lastly, Lindsay is an Adjunct Professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, teaching students about venture capital, deal structuring, and client development.