Celebrating green business innovation

TrueChoicePack (TCP) has won a Cincinnati Business Courier Innovation and Technology Award. The annual program recognizes local companies that develop innovative products and services for Greater Cincinnati—and TCP has made the list by winning the Green Business Innovation category. TCP, founded in 2008, has made a name for itself by producing a line of eco-friendly [...]

MOFI disrupts the status quo and a whole lot more

Last fall, retail behemoth Walmart opened a health center at its store in Dallas, GA, the first of a string of clinics designed to offer convenient, affordable healthcare. When Walmart needed help designing the customer experience, it turned to MOFI, a boutique consulting firm based in Cincinnati. MOFI is headed by CEO and chief disruptor [...]

Can AI curb suicide among youth?

Cincinnati-based Clarigent Health is developing an artificial-intelligence tool to prevent suicide in children and adolescents. The tool uses machine learning to identify vocal biomarkers in at-risk youth to provide early intervention options. The work is a collaboration between Clarigent and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The rate of suicide has tripled among children in [...]

ODOT grant brings tech enhancements to city buses

Cincinnati Metro has received a $3.2 million grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation to bring tech and other advancements to its buses. The grant includes $2 million for tech enhancements to city buses and another $1.2 million for system improvements. The tech enhancements include free Wi-Fi in every bus, improved real-time bus location information, [...]

NKU and Covington launch initiative to boost economic growth

At a recent ribbon-cutting, the city of Covington and Northern Kentucky University marked the creation of the Collaborative for Economic Engagement, a hub for entrepreneurs and businesses aimed at spurring economic growth in the region. The hub is located at Covington’s Innovation Alley, and its goal is to combine NKU’s expertise in areas like data [...]

Cincy hospitals use high-tech innovations to stay safe

Hospitals are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. Not only are they treating patients but they are innovating to keep the virus at bay. Here are some innovations that Cincinnati hospitals are using to keep people safe: Mercy Hospitals and Cincinnati Children’s are using UV light germicidal robots, affectionately called “Germinators” by staff. [...]

FinTech Frontier offering virtual events this fall

FinTech Frontier, a collaboration between Cincinnati-based financial-services companies and entrepreneurs, will hold a series of virtual events in September and October. The events will feature “dream teams” of VCs, founders and corporate leaders, who will lead discussions of the future of fintech and highlight Cincinnati’s startups. FinTech Frontier collaborators include Cincinnati startup catalyst Cintrifuse and [...]

Student’s software help the deaf “see music”

A Cincinnati high school student has invented a software program that helps deaf and hearing-impaired people visualize music. The program, which he calls a Chromatic Music Visualizer, associates the chord values in music with different colors. The idea is to show the emotions in music, so that people who can’t hear can enjoy music and [...]

Covington’s Innovation Alley is living up to its name

A one-block alley in Covington, KY—just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati—was officially branded “Innovation Alley” in 2016. And it’s certainly fulfilling its destiny. The district is already home to medical testing firm Gravity Diagnostics, a medical testing firm that processes Covid-19 tests and Bexion Pharmaceuticals, which is developing a drug for brain cancer, and [...]

Minority business accelerator focuses on racial equity

Darrin Redus The goals for startup founders are clear. Founders need capital and customers to grow their businesses and create jobs. However, minority entrepreneurs frequently feel like outsiders. Darrin Redus, vice president at Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and founder of the Cincinatti Minority Business Collaborative (CMBC), is working hard to make [...]

Kroger Health offers online course for understanding opioids

If you’ve ever tried to read the literature that comes with your prescription meds, you might have needed to double up on your meds to get through it. Kroger Health gets that and has innovated on an idea. In an effort to make prescription drug use safer and easier to understand, Kroger Health has published [...]

An interactive starter kit for new businesses

The 2020 P&G Signal Summit was a showcase for breakthrough innovation in marketing tech. It was also a great way for Brian Browning, founder and CEO of StartBlox, an all-in-one startup business platform based at Cintrifuse, to demo his product for startup founders. StartBlox aims to be comprehensive, providing an editorial archive, educational content, networking [...]

Cincy-based Gensuite makes Inc. 5000 list

Cincinnati-based Gensuite has landed on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America. The company offers a cloud-based software system that helps companies comply with environment, health, and safety regulations, as well as quality management. The company ranked 4,152 on this year’s list. A late ‘90s spinout of General Electric, Gensuite has [...]

Kable Academy brings classes to 1819 Innovation Hub

The 1819 Innovation Hub, the heart of the innovation district at the UC, welcomes a new variety of students this month. Cincinnati Bell is partnering with Kable Academy, an education startup providing cybersecurity and web development courses. 12 week full-time and 24 week part-time programs are available. The partnership's core goal is closing the tech [...]

Hit the accelerator

Speaking of accelerators and resources to help budding entrepreneurs, below are just a few organizations that should be on your radar. They're certainly on our Cincinnati Innovation Radar. Wait...there is a Cincinnati Innovation Radar? Yes! This rapidly growing database identifies the most innovative local organizations and the people behind them. We will continue to share [...]

SoCap healthcare startup accelerator accepting applications

Innovative breakthroughs in healthcare are solving some of the world’s most urgent challenges, whether it’s to improve quality of care, advance diagnostics and treatment, or enhance the patient and provider experience. St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Northern Kentucky University have joined forces to help create the next leaders in health innovation. SoCap Accelerate is currently accepting [...]

A sit-down with HCDC

Leads are the lifeblood of any business, but many small- to medium-sized businesses don’t have the resources or research assets they need to fill their sales funnel with ease. HCDC, Inc. (i.e. - Hamilton County Development Co. Inc.) has a solution that makes growing your business easier: the Office of Innovation + Creativity. Hamilton County [...]

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