From choosing hair products to surfing the internet, these Cincinnati Black tech companies make your life easier from any device.
Cincinnati is becoming a city of tech entrepreneurs, but few of them are African American. CBRE reported that Cincinnati ranks #42 in the Tech Talent Market of North America so far in 2018. Our neighboring cities, Columbus and Cleveland have passed us ranking in the 30s and 20s.
Groups like cincyisIT, The Circuit and StartupCincy are continuously offering different training sessions, round table events, meetups and funding to provide more education, social opportunities and businesses to the world of technology. Below is a list of Cincinnati Black tech companies to pay attention to. The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting.
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CrownMob – Est. 2017
CrownMob is a mobile platform that connects consumers to hair creatives and product retailers within the ethnic hair industry. The technology allows consumers to search and purchase products as well as discover, book and pay barbers and stylists with a single mobile platform. Geo-location services enable consumers to connect with creatives in their specific area. Filter options also allow consumers to view products and hair creatives based on price, product and services.
CrownMob was selected for Cohort 6 of the UpTech Accelerator, a business development program for data-driven startups that are developing tech-enabled solutions and seeking equity funding. Ricardo Grant, who has an unorthodox regimen of exercising at 2 p.m. daily, is the Co-founder and CEO of CrownMob
LISNR – Est. 2012
LISNR, which is in the process of planting a 6.9 million headquarters in the West End, is an advanced, near-ultrasonic, ultra-low power data transmission technology that enables fast, reliable, and secure communication between devices via a speaker and/or microphone. As the leading, global provider of data-over-audio (DoA) solutions, LISNR’s proprietary technology is used across the connected world and will power more than 100 million devices by 2018.
Rodney Williams has written patents and presented in front of the 44th President Barack Obama. One of the LISNR’s biggest accomplishments was at the Made in America Festival with Budweiser. As festivalgoers reached the concert, everyone received a welcome message, reminders for performers, and coupons for free Budweiser to their mobile device through LISNR’s platform. Rodney Williams is the Co-Founder and CEO of LISNR.
Orchestrate Tech – Est. 2013
Orchestrate implements cost-effective Cloud Solutions-Specializing in Office 365, Sophos and Dropbox Efficiency. They understand that people have become more flexible and mobile and that productivity is key. Cloud solutions allow their partners to be anywhere at any time, creating endless business opportunities.
Orchestrate Technologies received investment support totaling $250,000 from the L. Ross Love GrowthBridge Fund, an investment initiative of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator. Vincent Williams, who is a 2008 University of Kentucky graduate, is the Co-Founder and Partner.
SureFire Innovations – Est. 2015
SureFire is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that provides network installation, design and consultation to companies around the United States.
SureFire Innovations received investment support totaling $250,000. The support comes from the L. Ross Love GrowthBridge Fund, an investment initiative of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator. The accelerator was created to boost the development of sizable minority business enterprises and strengthen and expand the regional minority entrepreneurial community. Robert Luft is the CEO. While Luft is a Cincinnati Forty Under 40 winner, his wife Cebronica, recently won the Indianapolis Forty Under 40 award.
Viaggi Broadband – Est. 2017
VIAGGI is a premium Internet service provider for consumers and businesses. It replaces the traditional internet and cable services while delivering access to the most robust digital media platforms on the market. Stay connected seamlessly and securely even while on the go.
Local start-up investor CincyTech invested in Viaggi in January of 2015. CincyTech encouraged increased profit margins for Viaggi. The company was able to deliver. Nathan Ellis, who is a 2014 grad of Franklin University, is the Founder and CEO.
Wyzerr – Est. 2015
Wyzerr, who is building a new office in Innovation Alley in Covington, KY, is an easy-to-use survey creator. Their platform applies the best practices of market research to guide you through the creation process. Real-time visualizations and survey health metrics are all at your fingertips to give you push-button reporting.
Wyzerr was successful in its 2015 class of The Brandery accelerator. The company claims a little under $2 million in funding and close to 600 customers, including major corporations like P&G. Bjorn K. Simmons, StartupCincy Ambassador, is the Co-Founder.
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With the technology field constantly growing, it is a promising idea to involve children in tech courses young. View our list of youth education opportunities to find a STEM program that fits your child. If there are any Cincinnati Black Tech companies that we have missed, let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.
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