Accelerating Big Ideas

UpTech is metro Cincinnati's premier accelerator for informatics-driven startups.

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UpTech's Process

  • Apply to UpTech
    UpTech accepts up to 10 startups per year. The next round of applications will be taken in spring 2015.

  • Get Accepted
    The UpTech program runs for six months, and each company is eligible for up to $50,000 in funding.

  • Accelerate Your Business
    We help our startups get market-ready by providing a dedicated team and an individualized, one-to-one approach.

  • Stay Supported
    After our program, startups receive continued support through the NKY ezone, an office of the KY Innovation Network.

Why UpTech?

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  • Community

    SUPPORT NETWORK
    We pair each startup with business partners in banking, accounting, law, and more to strengthen your business from every angle.

    NKU PARTNERSHIP
    Our foundational partnership with NKU’s College of Informatics gives startups additional technical and business support and talent resources.

    STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
    We help connect our startups with the partners you need. Our ability to forge strategic connections with and for you is what we do best.

  • Resources

    UP TO 50K IN FUNDING
    
The UpTech Fund provides startups with an investment of up to $50,000.

    EXPERT MENTORING
    Our mentors offer years of experience and crucial industry connections to help you succeed.

    COMMITMENT TO SUCCESS
    Our startups have secured $2.1M in follow-on funding. Once the program concludes, the NKY ezone, part of the KY Innovation Network, steps in to continue offering you guidance.

  • Education

    LEAN LAUNCHPAD COURSE
    Lean Launchpad is an intensive startup education program led by our entrepreneur-in-residence.

    STARTUP SUPERSTARS
    Local entrepreneurs and startup-savvy professionals share stories, insights, and practical advice in this guest speaker series.

    INVESTMENT AND FUNDING
    UpTech co-founder Casey Barach teaches entrepreneurs how to navigate investment and funding efforts.

Meet The Mentors

Your big idea deserves a world-class mentor. We’ve got you covered.

  • Mark Exterkamp
    Mark Exterkamp’s years in banking proves an asset to UpTech companies. The Bank of Kentucky, where he is executive vice…

  • Paul H. Spitz
    Paul is a business attorney, with a practice focused on startups and small businesses. He has more than 20 years…

  • Mike Shepka
    Mike Shepka is an accounting partner to UpTech companies and is senior manager with BDO, a global professional services firm.…

  • Dan Nagel
    With years of experience in business finance, operations, and accounting, Dan Nagel mentors UpTech companies through the Cincinnati SCORE chapter.…

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