HOT COFFEE: Funding for AKRU; Connecting students with STEM jobs

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 [...]

WE connects female entrepreneurs with support systems

1628 Ltd., downtown Cincinnati’s coworking space has launched a new program called Women Empowered (WE). WE's founder, Tamara Schwarting, saw entrepreneurs like herself struggling to gain access to support systems that could help their businesses thrive. The cornerstone of WE is the digital hub which provides access to a women-owned business directory, resource center (including [...]

HOT COFFEE: Flying cars; UC’s treatment for rare disorder; Hearty launches professional network

Flying cars Prototypes of flying cars are being tested and refined in Southwest Ohio. Dayton’s Parallax Advanced Research is poised to be at the center of the next flight revolution. Hearty launches professional network Hearty has announced the launch and funding of a new Professional Recommendation Network, where people help each other find opportunities. Hearty is [...]

Cincinnati Innovation District shines through the pandemic

David J. Adams, Cincinnati Innovation District It’s been just over a year since the unveiling of the Cincinnati Innovation District (CID), a purpose-built model that attracts talent as well as Fortune 500, midsize, and startups. We spoke to David Adams, the first chief innovation officer for the University of Cincinnati and architect for [...]

HOT COFFEE: Cincy and FinTech; penguins and RFID; pancreatic cancer treatment

Cincy and FinTech Read about how Cincinnati has become a hotbed of FinTech innovation, leading to a number of startups creating a new generation of FinTech businesses. RFID tech in penguins A zookeeper at The Cincinnati Zoo has been perfecting RFID tech in the inhabitants of the two penguin exhibits to get information about how often they swim. [...]

HOT COFFEE: eSports at NKU; LISNR & Shuttl; OCEAN backed by 11 Tribes

The Sandbox  NKU celebrated the opening of The Sandbox, which will be an innovation lab and home to eSports, a new varsity sports program for students to compete in live video game events like Madden NFL or Rocket League. gBETA Cincy deadline April 16 gBETA, a program of gener8tor, is a free, 7-week accelerator program [...]

HOT COFFEE: Semi-autonomous drone; Renozee launches app; gene-screening and lupus

UC develops drone prototype  UC inventors have announced that they’ve developed a semi-autonomous drone prototype to dispatch medicine or supplies to people’s homes. The team hopes that the drone will help bridge the digital divide that was exacerbated by COVID-19. Renozee's app available Renozee’s newly launched app—which allows investment property owners and contractors to bid [...]

HOT COFFEE: HS inventor; Cincinnati Children’s firsts; forest fire tech

1819 graduates ten startup teams  UC’s Venture Lab startup accelerator at the 1819 Innovation Hub has graduated ten new startup teams, one of which hails from NKU. Other universities represented include Xavier University, University of Dayton, Wright State University, and Cincinnati State. UC studies HT-006 Speaking of UC, the school has partnered with Hoth Therapeutics [...]

From Cincy to NYC and back to Cincy

Nabeel Kaukab, Jaan Health Jaan Health is a Cincinnati-based healthcare technology company that creates innovative reimbursement solutions for physicians and provider groups. Its artificial intelligence-driven patient communication technology is called Phamily. Cincinnati Future spoke to Nabeel Kaukab, the company’s CEO and founder. Tell us about your company. Kaukab: The company’s name is Jaan [...]

HOT COFFEE: CID on a roll; Cincinnati Children’s and biotech; What makes Ohio so attractive

CID on track  The Cincinnati Innovation District (CID) said it’s on track to reach its goals of ultimately creating 20,000 new jobs and $3 billion in annual economic impact to the region, while accelerating STEM graduates by 15,000 students and research by $2 billion. Kroger partners with 80 Acres Farm 80 Acres Farms, one of [...]

HOT COFFEE: COVID tech; Private equity firm raises $27M; Smart food packaging

COVID tech Cincy’s Bayzi Corporation has developed and is manufacturing antimicrobial steam devices that will very quickly eliminate microbes and bugs and also provide a quick way to clean dust and grease. The technology can also be used to fight the spread of viruses like SARS-CoV-2. Private equity firm raises $27M A new private equity [...]

HOT COFFEE: Ensemble Health granted two patents, Clarigent Health gets research grant

Automation tech patents The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Cincy’s Ensemble Health Partners two patents for its innovative automation technology. The tech drives efficiency, productivity and results for health care providers.  AFVentures program participants selected Refinery Ventures--along with a16z, Lux Capital, Anduril, General Catalyst, and NEA—has announced their selection for the United [...]

Resquared creates niche real estate tool

Griffin Morris, Resquared co-founder Twice a year, Silicon Valley based Y Combinator (YC) funds category-defining ventures and provides them with mentorship. YC's alumni are valued at a combined $300B+ and include Dropbox, AirBnB, Stripe, Brex, and Podium to name a few. Last month, YC invested in Cincy-based Resquared, a marketing platform for commercial [...]

HOT COFFEE: Kroger’s at-home COVID test, cybersecurity scholarship at UC

At-home COVID-19 test Kroger Health, in collaboration with healthcare tech company Gauss, is launching the first smartphone-enabled at-home COVID rapid antigen test kit available nationwide.  Cybersecurity scholarship The University of Cincinnati is establishing a CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program with a $4 million award from the National Science Foundation. It is a full scholarship and living [...]

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