Michael Barnes:  Founder and CEO

  • Started Cincinnati Biobank, Essentially a startup inside Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
  • Director of Lab Operations at Assurex Health, a local (Cincinnati) startup success story.
  • Founded Barnes Business Coaching, LLC
  • Mentor:  UpTech, Flywheel, and Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Cincinnati Accelerator program.


Sandy Nagel:  Nonprofit Guru

  • Ministry/Financial Assistant: NorthChurch.  Grant proposal writing, event planning, reports preparation, meeting preparation, volunteer management.
  • Founder:  Sandy Nagel Grant Consulting.  Strategic planning, development, public relations, grant proposals, infrastructure for nonprofit skills classes.



Malcom Tester:  Engineer

  • 25 years in both IT (systems administration and architecture) and software product development
  • Worked in multiple industries:  engineering, hospitality, finance, portfolio management
  • Designed or architected product solutions such as desktop applications, server back-end services, and website front-ends.



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A big thank you to Mike at Awakened Innovations for matching me with a great nonprofit that needed my expertise in development strategies and implementation. I highly recommend Awakened Innovations for anyone who wants to work with nonprofits.

Sandy Nagel July 20, 2018

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Mike Barnes is an amazing Philanthropist who is passionate about helping people. He loves to help nonprofits succeed. He has been instrumental in the growth and development of Urban Success Mentoring Organization. Mike utilizes his vast network of professionals to match professionals with nonprofits and did a great job matching Urban Success with an experienced and successful grant writer and several other nonprofits with similar interests as well as business professionals. We are thrilled to have his support and look forward to working with him for many years to come!

Paulette July 20, 2018


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