16 Tech is the future of collaboration in downtown Indianapolis. It will bring together the talent, capital, and technology to make innovation happen.
Robert Coy is President and CEO of 16 Tech Community Corporation Inc., the entity overseeing the development of the 16 Tech innovation community. As President, Coy leads the development of 16 Tech into a major hub for scientific research, technology innovation, entrepreneurial activity and talent development, retention and attraction.
Prior to 16 Tech, Coy was President and CEO of CincyTech, a venture development organization that accelerated the growth of start-up bioscience, healthcare, technology and advanced manufacturing companies in Southwest Ohio. Under Coy’s leadership for more than 11 years, CincyTech invested in 70 startups that raised more than $680 million in seed, early and late stage capital and that today employ nearly 1,000 people.
Coy has held entrepreneurial and economic development leadership positions with public and private institutions over the past 32 years in Ohio, Missouri, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining CincyTech, Coy was senior vice president for entrepreneurial development and of economic development at the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, where he co-founded the St. Louis Arch Angels, a group of individuals who invest in early-stage companies in the St. Louis region.
In Delaware, Coy served as the principal economic adviser to the governor, established a seed fund to invest in technology start-up companies and developed initiatives to promote technology partnerships between universities and businesses. In Pennsylvania, he served as executive director of the Ben Franklin Partnership Program, the state’s premier technology development program that invests in start-up companies.
Coy earned a master’s degree from University of Notre Dame and a bachelor of arts degree from Pennsylvania State University.