AKRU gets funding

Cincinnati-based startup AKRU, which seeks to increase access to real estate investing through tech, has received funding from Los-Angeles-based Draper Goren Holm, a VC firm that specializes in the fintech and blockchain space.

High school students and technology

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced a new pilot internship program called The High School Tech Internship Pilot Program in order to help connect high school students with technology roles at businesses in Ohio.

Business Impact Award finalists

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for its annual Business Impact Awards, which recognize businesses that are positively impacting the community through innovation, creativity, strong business practices, and leadership. For more information and to see the finalists, visit www.nkychamber.com/BIA.

Miami U supporting students in STEM fields

Miami University has been awarded nearly $600,000 to help improve Ohio’s workforce development capacity by supporting in-state students in the STEM fields.

Virtual Innovation Challenge

P&G Ventures, the early-stage startup studio within Procter & Gamble, is accepting submissions from entrepreneurs, inventors, and startups for its next Virtual Innovation Challenge.

UC studies “fight or flight”

Fight or Flight is an automatic reaction to something perceived as stressful or scary. Researchers in a UC College of Medicine laboratory have identified one of the regulatory proteins that plays a role in how the fight-or-flight response occurs.

Fifth Third launches new banking solution 

Fifth Third Bank launched Fifth Third Momentum Banking – a first of its kind, everyday banking solution that goes head-to-head with fintech products.

First Financial partners with AI firm  

First Financial Bank has launched a new lending product by partnering with an AI firm to help it add customers who in many cases wouldn’t qualify for a typical bank loan.