Southern Comfort – Text And The City

From Crains Cleveland Business


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The Cincinnati Enquirer profiles a couple Medina entrepreneurs who are getting some traction for their startup in northern Kentucky.

A year ago, the newspaper says, Shawn Blain and Steve Wallack “had a product they thought worked — a hyper-local mobile app that connects users with businesses and events in their own neighborhoods. But they needed more funding, more research, and the talent and technology to finish it.”

They found it in the UpTech business accelerator program based at Northern Kentucky University.

“Nearly a year after entering the program, Blain and Wallack are preparing to launch their ‘Text and the City’ app by June 1,” The Enquirer reports. “They’ve also found a home here. Their company is now based in Newport, and the app will focus on northern Kentucky neighborhoods (with a Cincinnati version coming next year).”

Ms. Blain tells the newspaper that UpTech connected them with experts in the community (including former executives at Procter & Gamble) and gave them access to the tech expertise of NKU students, which proved vital to finishing the app.

Their business was one of eight companies that each received up to $100,000 in seed money to develop their fledgling tech companies into viable business ventures at UpTech.

The newspaper reports that UpTech “will begin accepting applications for the second round on April 16, and online seminars will be offered between now and then for interested applicants.” Last year’s inaugural round drew 157 qualified applicants; organizers hope to double that number this year.

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