You’re going where
no one has gone before.

It’s lonely out there. You’ve come a long way and are ready for the next stage. As a founder poised for hypergrowth, you’re asking critical questions:

  • How do I
    • build
    • fund
    • staff
    • scale
  • my company to accomplish the mission?
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About us

Refinery is a venture capital firm that invests in companies on a trajectory towards Series A.

Often, the most talented, dedicated, and hardworking founders haven’t realized their potential yet – simply because they don’t have the right people who push them to think beyond their limits.

We are entrepreneurs first, with decades of experience as founders and investors including venture capital – our team knows how to launch a company into hypergrowth. Are you ready?

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The Refinery approach

At this stage you are going through an important transition. From the founder doing all the selling to growing a team and scaling a go-to-market operation. The key to growth is removing friction and knowing how to unleash your product into the world. As a venture capital firm, this is Refinery’s playbook to help you build a foundation for scale.

Market Positioning

Define the category that you will own.

Go to market

Create efficient customer acquisition strategies.


Develop strong forecasting, budgeting, and team objectives.


Build an elite, high-performance culture and recruiting capability.

About Us
Refinery Ventures

Hear a story about Refinery from our portfolio

Our team has helped companies from healthcare and human capital to media and marketing. We provide the venture capital investment and support they need during one of the most critical stages of growth, including Series A funding. As a progressive venture capital firm, we give guidance to help founders propel their idea forward.

Stephanie Lapierre

“Tim’s experience as an investor and operator is invaluable, especially at the stage of our growth. He has already made an impact on our business by helping us reframe the market opportunity and introduced proven methods to help our team stay focused on achieving the next milestone such as OKRs.”

- Stephanie LaPierre, Tealbook


Refinery Ventures will be honored
during The Cincinnati Business
Achievement Awards

Presented by the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business Alumni Council on March 8th

The Business Partnership Award recognizes a business or organization that supports the Linder College of Business and local communities. This year’s event coincides with the 25th anniversary of UC’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

We partner with innovators

Our venture capital investors are drawn to founders who bring unique insights to tough problems that have the potential to transform our world. The good news is, you don’t have to move to Silicon Valley. After all, pioneers like the first astronaut to walk on the moon were made in small places like Wapakoneta, Ohio.

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