Program Offering

We offer every startup we select into our accelerator program a large number of benefits and services.  These are just a few of the highlights.

Startup Capital

We invest up to $50,000 per startup in the form of a convertible note with a $2.5MM cap.  We value transparency in the process because we want to be a part of your team.

4+1 Month Program

We’re one of the longest programs in the nation at 5 months.  Our 4+1 approach means you’ll still get the support you need following our Demo Day.


We find the right people at the right time to give you exactly what you need.  Our wide network of mentors are experts in their fields with extensive connections.

Legal and Accounting

You come with a team and we help complete it.  Our program partners are awesome by providing discounted legal and accounting services to each of our participants.

Startup Education

We joke that we provide a mini-MBA, but it’s not far from the truth.  We offer a top notch startup curriculum blending today’s best business model development methods, customer acquisition strategies, project management principles and product development practices.

One-on-One Weekly Coaching

Our managing director, JB Woodruff, brings his technology, design and entrepreneurial experience to each company; effectively becoming a part of your team.  Through one-on-one, weekly meetings he helps you hurdle your most challenging road blocks.



We are an active participant in the #StartupCincy ecosystem that includes hundreds of startups.  We have close ties to all players in the community including Cintrifuse, regional Universities, Startup Weekend, other regional accelerators and many more.

KY Innovation Network

KY Innovation Network

As a KY-entity, we have a unique relationship with the KY Innovation Network that provides our startups with a team of startup experts to aid with business model development and access to capital.

Midwest Location

Greater-Cincinnati offers many regional benefits to startups.  Low cost of living, small town feel, easy access to business partners, centralize U.S. location, and an international airport 15 min away.

Investor Relationship

Investor Brad Zapp, founder of CONNETIC Ventures, provides his feedback and advice early and often to provide a face-to-face, investor’s perspective to our startups throughout the program.

Student Interns

Faculty of NKU provide each startup assistance in job description creation and interviewing to help find suitable collegiate interns during our program.

Designers on Staff

We offer on-staff graphic designers to give your team the creative boost in your branding, product design, marketing materials and investor pitch decks.

Additional Program Perks

  • 6 Months Free Office Space and Meeting Rooms.
  • Gigabit Internet
  • Drinks and Snacks are on us.  Yes, we have beer.
  • We have an actual garage.
  • Secured Locker for Storage
  • Apartment Search Assistance
  • Ping Pong table – better bring your A game
  • Great Community: Brewery across the street and dozens of bars and restaurants in walking distance.
  • Cincinnati RedBike Cycle Station across the street.
  • Regular social events and happy hours to engage with the community.


What are the dates of the Program?

UpTech is a 5 month program that runs annually from September to February.

What is a 4+1 Month Program?

Our program is broken down into phases 1. Refine, 2. Validate, 3. Build, 4. Promote, 5. Pitch, 6. Fund.  These 6 areas roughly correlate to the 5 months of our program; however, as with most things entrepreneurial, things are fluid.  Now to answer the question, why 4+1?  For the first 4 months we’re tearing apart the business model, delving deep into the market, creating the best possible product and craft awesome investor pitches.  Then Demo Day.  The +1 month is primarily to ensure there is no post-program ‘cliff effect.’  Additionally, it’s a time to focus on additional customer development and fundraising.  Programatic things lighten up dramatically during the +1.

Do I need to be on-site to take part in the program?

Yes, to get the most out of the program we require that all participants work on-site at our location in Covington, KY during the 5 month duration of the program.

Learn more about our current cohort.