SQUARE1 Strengthens Board to Support Growth

Program participation and programs have reached new highs.

In an effort to support growth, SQUARE1 has added three new board members. In the past year SQUARE1 has enhanced services to startups throughout the region adding technology development and innovation strategy to better serve startups.

Startups can now benefit from SQUARE1 services from the time the come up with an idea to validating the idea, development of the product, growth, and innovating each step of the way. Innovation projects have included not only startups but ongoing regional organizations, for- and non-profit, seeking to improve operations and employee engagement.

SQUARE1’s high school program, Startup Scholars, also continues to scale expecting more than 400 students to participate thanks to the generous support of community organizations such as the Louis & Louise Nippert Charitable Foundation.

The new board members support this surge include:


Stephen A. Wright

Stephen A. Wright is a consultant at MCF Advisory in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky office with over 18 years of experience in serving clients by providing comprehensive financial services. Stephen has achieved the designation of Certified Financial Planner ™ as well as the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM certification.

Stephen graduated from Thomas More College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business with emphasis in Finance. Currently, Stephen also sits on the Board of Directors at the Vineyard Christian Church in Florence, Kentucky.

“Joining SQUARE1 and its cause is something I am very excited about. Supporting organizations like these is what gives the younger generations chances to flourish.”


Tony Knies

Tony Knies has served as the Northern Kentucky-Cincinnati District Market Manager Vice President of US bank since September 2017. His responsibilities are Retail and Commercial Banking for Boone, Kenton, Campbell and Hamilton counties. In his local markets Tony oversees 17 total locations and over 100 employees.

Tony graduated from Purdue University and recently completed his Master’s Program from CBA Executive Banking School.

“Supporting young and growing companies is key to the growth of our region and fro that reason I am very proud to team up with SQUARE1 on its mission.”


Yvan Demosthenes

Yvan Demosthenes has more than 20 years of experience in the sales of technology, application and system software, as well as consulting services and retail. Yvan is a top producing sales executive and has proven results in enterprise software sales and consulting service sales.

Along with serving on the board of SQUARE1 and serving as a key member of the fundraising committee, Yvan also serves on several other nonprofit boards, including iSpace and the Haitian American Chamber of Indianapolis.

“I am very thrilled to be working with SQUARE1 and to be part of building up young entrepreneurs and companies.”

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