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These 18 Companies Are Vying for $50,000 UpTech Seed Money

The field for the next class at UpTech is narrowed to eighteen.

The Covington-based business accelerator specializing in support for informatics start-ups announced its semi-finalists for its third class, UpTech III.

A panel of more than forty judges reviewed applications throughout the spring.

The semi-finalists:

  • Dr. Scribbles: Transforms standard exam room bench paper into a virtual and interactive experience
  • DwellHop: A marketing service for real estate agents
  • FitgooTech: A virtual fitting room providing customers with an optimized online clothes shopping experience
  • Hapzing: A mobile app and activity-driven publishing platform
  • HomeMiner: Provides marketing solutions for the real estate industry by using predictive data analytics
  • Hydration monitoring device: A small, submersible electronic device generating an automatic record of individual hydration levels
  • Identif-Eye: A facial recognition app for the medical industry, specifically for emergency room patients
  • linkedü: Offers K-12 teachers a social content sharing platform to streamline the lesson planning process
  • Monetyze, LLC: Provides e-commerce strategy, solutions, and services to the licensing industry
  • Nekst: A real estate application that converts the closing process into a simple, organized, and transparent experience
  • NomNom Nation: A mobile app where individuals can donate to local foodbanks and view reports on how their donations are allocated
  • Portfolio Suite, MyBook: Helps actors, singers, models, dancers, and other entertainers create and organize their portfolios, bookings, finances, and more with an app
  • Seesaw: A platform that gives parents a way to plan parties, playdates, and other family-friendly activities
  • The Filling Station, D.D.S.: An online tool and mobile app that connects dental hygienists with dental offices looking to fill openings on their staff or schedule
  • Travel Notes: Communicates travel plans to financial institutions to prevent credit and debit card denials
  • Wayger: A mobile app where users can bet on the outcomes of sporting events against friends and earn rewards
  • What’s Next: An app that connects artists and fans during concerts through voting
  • Wholesome: A nutrition app that focuses on foods’ nutritional values when making eating choice

These semi-finalists will be further judged before the winners are announced. The finalists will each be offered up to $50,000 of investment, six months worth of free office space in Covington, a seasoned mentor, and a team of business professionals in the accounting, legal, banking, and marketing areas.

31% of this year's applications came from out of the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area.

Photo: UpTech's offices on Pike Street in Downtown Covington/RCN file