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Newport: Uptech seeks to bring top tech entrepreneurs to Kentucky

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Eight startup companies will be part of UpTech, a new business accelerator with the goal of bringing the world’s most promising technology entrepreneurs to Northern Kentucky.

“Our ultimate goal is to fund 50 of the best and brightest early-stage informatics companies from the United States and abroad,” said Bill Scheyer, an UpTech co-founder and president of Northern Kentucky’s  Vision 2015.

The eight companies selected for inclusion are:

•           7 Moose Games, a software developer that specializes in the “gamification” of business and training software.

•            CitiLogics, a software developer that helps water utilities lower energy costs, reduce water leakage, improve service reliability and enhance the quality of tap water.

•            Crowdspark, an on-demand content platform that allows users to create online contests.

•            InstrumentLife, an Internet-based business application with a social media interface that connects musical instruments with owners, retailers, repair shops and schools.

•            MakeupHaulic, a website dedicated to aggregating beauty-related video blogs into a searchable interface.

•            OneMorePallet, a website that provides small shippers the ability to purchase excess capacity from Less-Than-a-Truckload carriers at a significant discount.

•           Student Designed, an online tool that allows businesses and universities to connect through a marketplace where businesses outsource projects for university professors to review and assign to their students as class assignments.

•           Text and the City, a mobile marketing company that combines text messaging, a conventional website and mobile website to connect users on a hyper-local basis.

Each of the eight companies will receive $100,000 from UpTech, along with riverfront office space in Newport; business support (legal, accounting and marketing); assistance from Northern Kentucky University faculty and staff, and use of NKU labs and facilities.