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Courtney: Well, congrats, Kentucky fans; y’all killed my ‘Cats, but I still want to be friends. Great game!

Big news: On March 26, we’re launching Wisconsin Inno, our ninth market covering Wisconsin tech and innovation. We’re excited to have another sister publication representing the Midwest! Keep a weather eye out for the freshest of content on its homepage here, and don’t forget to subscribe to the Wisco Inno Beat (and get your friends on board, too!)

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The Big One

A breakdown on the week’s biggest Inno story.

We at Cincy Inno love competition, love tech, love being #relevant and love the local startup ecosystem.

“How can we leverage all this passion?!” we asked ourselves.

Enter Tech Madness, a reader-driven bracket competition a la March Madness. It 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.

We chose and seeded the companies depending on a handful of metrics, but ultimately relied on venture funding to dictate who went where. After all, funding is among the most universal benchmarks out there. Know that all companies on the list are either private, venture-backed companies or recently exited entities.

How each company performs is up to you, readers. You’ll vote weekly after asking 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 whose 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.

The Tech Madness champ will ultimately win a top-secret prize, which will be announced in due time. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, the first round ends Thursday, March 22 at 11:59 p.m. Send those votes in, and encourage others to get in on the action too.

Now get to it and start filling out the first round here. Want more Cincy Inno? Catch up on all our stories here.

Making Moves

Inside the people, companies and organizations shaking things up this week.


Mason-based ConnXus, a platform that connects large enterprises with minority and women-owned suppliers, has announced that Jim Kanir will join the company as its chief revenue officer. Kanir has formerly served as CEO of PeachWorks and as CRO of Vox Mobile. Read our coverage of ConnXus here.


Mason-based Afidence Inc. has acquired Mason-based Timbelo Inc.’s product procurement and IT recruiting divisions, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

In The Know

The Inno stories (and more) you need to read today.

Talmetrix Looks to Help Companies Understand the Power of ‘People Data’ — Cincy Inno

Abre Helps Get Tech ‘Out of the Way’ with Teaching Platform for Educators — Cincy Inno

Cincinnati Chamber, 84.51 Team Up on Women of Color Leadership Program — Cincinnati Business Courier

Toyota Pauses Automated Driving Testing on U.S. Roads Following Uber Accident — Techcrunch





New Money

Your weekly funding roundup.

Maybe on Thursday 

No funding news today. But! Funding news, roundups and other Queen City $$$-related pieces are all right here.

In The Community

The events and happenings to know this week and beyond.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium 

Join the United States Patent Trademark Office and the Office of Innovation Development for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium this Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. This event is free. RSVP here

Plan a Little Bit Ahead

Join Cincy Inno in April for our Talent Inno event, where we’ll discuss the state of HR and talent acquisition innovation in the Queen City. Chris Powell, CEO of Talmetrix, will keynote, and there will be opportunity for mingling, drinks and more. RSVP here.

This Isn’t All 

We recently launched the Cincy Inno Event Directory! Post your community events and reach top young professionals here.

Elsewhere in Inno

Stories from around the Inno network we think you’ll dig.

Atlanta’s First ‘Smart Neighborhood’ Comes Loaded With Tech Amenities — Atlanta Inno

How This Va. Startup Found Success in Crowdfunding Its Equity Raise — DC Inno

The ‘Power of a Really Good Therapist’: How Zencare Makes Finding One Easy — Rhode Island Inno






It speaks for itself.


One of my favorite conversations to have with others is on the nature of education and whether it truly is worth pursuing a degree today. It’s one of those chats where so many differing ideologies come into play, you learn a lot about the person you’re speaking with based on their position, and ultimately, there are fierce, interesting and always thoughtful arguments on either side.

That’s why I was particularly intrigued by this listicle outlining 25 high-paying jobs in the Queen City that don’t require a degree. There are technologists and managerial positions on the list; it’s a rather diverse offering of opprtunities.

Whether you’re for or against formal education, we can all agree that without it, you can still get paid and have a rewarding career in Cincinnati.

Featured Jobs

Featured startup and tech jobs on Cincy Inno’s new Careers Directory.




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