Round one of Cincy’s Tech Madness is complete!

What’s Tech Madness, you ask? It’s a reader-driven bracket competition a la March Madness that aims to champion and highlight local startups — 32 of them, to be exact, and they’ll face off bracket-style over the next few weeks until the winner is determined. See the whole bracket here.

Its first round garnered more than 700 votes from readers like you, resulting in tight matches and intense competition. Here’s some stats: tilr, the Cincinnati-based recruitment automation startup that’s raised $5 million, received the most votes with 64. The closest match was between digital innovation consulting firm Differential and health care innovation company Cordata, with the former startup coming out on top by only one vote.

Now we’re moving on to the Sweet Sixteen, with the next round closing Saturday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. Make sure to rally behind your favorite startup on social, during conversations with friends and of course, with your votes, so that it progresses to the next round.

Coming into Tech Madness blind and unsure who to give your support to? Ask yourself, “who would I invest in?” This answer is, by design, subjective. It could be based on who you think will generate the greatest return, or who’s mission is most aligned with your values and interests or who you’re simply rooting for. However you interpret that question is correct! Just remember, Tech Madness is about voting for one company and not against another.

Vote on!