Innovative ideas abound in the Cincinnati region. Our look ahead includes an app to make chores fun for kids, technology to connect health care providers with patients, and a platform that brings music to consumers wherever they are.
You may or may not have heard of them, but many local companies are taking innovative ideas to the market, with support from Cincinnati business incubators and other resources.
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Editor's note: Each Monday we bring you "9 Q&A," a conversation with a local entrepreneur on the local startup scene. Today, contributor Feoshia Davis looks ahead to see which local players are set to make it big in 2014.
For this list, we asked for input from entrepreneurial experts including representatives of:
The following startups are a mix of those that will be new on the scene and others that are maturing. Our experts say you should look for some exciting growth from all of them in 2014.
1. Ahalogy. Formerly known as Pingage, Ahalogy offers targeted, pay-for performance content marketing for large and growing brands via Pinterest.
Founders: Michael Wohlschlaeger and Bob Gilbreath Located: Mt. Lookout Website: www.ahalogy.com
Highlights: Investors include The Brandery, CincyTech, North Coast Angel Fund and Vine Street Ventures. Year-to-Date Ahalogy clients placed more than 1.5 million pins, generating 4.3 billion impressions, and driving nearly 47 million viewers websites.
2. Include Fitness will develop and market accessible fitness equipment that can be used by people with physical limitations and able-bodied consumers alike.
Founders: Ryan Eder & Jeff Grainger Located: Cincinnati Website: www.includefitness.com
Highlights: Won the "Best Product of the Year" in the (Business Week) International Design Excellence Awards. The company expects to have its full launch of operations and market entry in 2014.
3. RoadTrippers is an interactive website and mobile app that helps travelers plan vacations by finding fun routes, places to eat and lodge, and attractions to visit along the way.
Founders: James Fisher, Tatiana Parent and John Lauck Located: Over-The-Rhine Website: roadtrippers.com
Highlights: Investors include The Brandery, Drive Capital and CincyTech.
4. Lisnr is an audio-based marketing and distribution platform that activates sound around consumers using audio tags to deliver dynamic content to mobile devices.
Founders: Rodney Williams, Chris Ridenour, Nikki Pfahler, Josh Glick and Chris Ostoich Located: Downtown Cincinnati Website: lisnr.com
Highlights: Investors include CincyTech and The Star Angel Network. Launched in 2012 by ex-P&G executive Rodney Williams, it has formed a strategic alliance with RocNation (founded by Jay Z), and executed successful campaigns for Sony, Mondelez, and AT&T among others.
5. CitiLogics is a research and engineering company that develops and implements real-time predictive analytics software for the water industry, making the operation and management of urban water infrastructure systems more efficient.
Founders: Jim Uber and Stu Hooper and Sam Hatchett Located: Covington Website: www.citilogics.com
Highlights: Investors include UpTech. The company was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Grant in 2013 from the National Science Foundation. CitiLogics is undergoing a full-scale field test of its Polaris (TM) flagship analytics product at the Greater Cincinnati Water Works.
6. MedaCheck creates software and hardware that help healthcare providers remotely monitor patients with reminders and notifications. The technology connects caregivers, medical facilities, pharmacies, and the MedaCheck medical monitoring center.
Founder: Jeffery Shepard Located: Downtown Cincinnati and Norwood Website: www.medacheck.com
Highlights: An HCBC 2013 Small Business award winner MedaCheck is operating best tests in two hospital systems and Cedar Village retirement community in Mason. Investors include Queen City Angels.
7. 3DLT is a 3D printing template marketplace. The company manages content, connecting the designers, consumers, and producers of 3D printing. In addition, 3DLT supplies consulting and development services for retailers, helping them source content and build the infrastructure needed to offer 3D printing services, online and in-store.
Founder: John Hauer, Colin Klayer, Tim Maggart, Brandon Lipman, Macon Speed & Pablo Arellano, Jr. Located: Covington Website: 3dlt.com
Highlights: Investors include the founders and UpTech. In 2013, 3DLT was the first 3D printing company (and one of few ever from the Midwest) to compete in Battlefield at Techcrunch Disrupt (NY 2013). The company was also named an “Innovative World Technology” and presented at the inaugural SXSW V2V competition.
8. ConnXus is a procurement platform that provides major corporations and government agencies with a fully-integrated supplier diversity technology solution.
Founders: Rod Robinson and Chris Downie Located: Mason Website: connxus.com
Highlights: Investors include CincyTech, Serious Change, LP
and STAR Angel Network. Company signed several large clients including McDonalds, Brown Forman, Coca Cola, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and Grady Health System in Atlanta. Revenue grew more than 1,200% from 2012 to 2013.
9. Choremonster is a suite of web and mobile apps that aim to make chores fun. The family-friendly apps let parents create chores and rewards children for completing them. Kids can earn anything from a trip to the the movies, their favorite candy or a new toy.
Founders: Chris Bergman and Paul Armstrong Located: Downtown Cincinnati Website: www.choremonster.com
Highlights: A winner of Cincinnati Innovates. Investors include The Brandery, CincyTech and Detroit Venture Partners.
Which other local startups should we know about? Connect with WCPO contributor Feoshia Davis on Twitter: @FeoshiaWrites