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Venture Smarter with UpTech
UpTech is a tech accelerator program for data-driven startups that are developing tech-enabled solutions and seeking equity funding.
UpTech, located in Covington, Kentucky, is part of Cincinnati's entrepreneurial ecosystem. We look for startups who will take advantage of our program's funding offer, educational program, and one-on-one mentoring and support to grow their tech business into a profitable venture. We specialize in catalyzing community connections that strategically align our portfolio with the network and resources that will rapidly accelerate their businesses.
Ranked as one of the country's most affordable cities, Cincinnati is home to major research universities and is quickly becoming a hub for startups. On top of these rankings and a vibrant social scene, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's major corporate players, including Procter & Gamble, Macy's, Duke Energy, Kroger, and others, are strong supporters of our startup community.
We are confident that entrepreneurs will quickly learn that our region's talent base, the financial and educational support offered by UpTech, urban ambiance, and reasonable cost of living found in Cincinnati make it a winning choice for the place to start and grow a business.
Funding and Financing - recent news
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Lawmakers and researchers have been taking a fresh look here at creating a public bank, specifically to provide state agencies and local governments with improved access to infrastructure financing and other financial services.
While there are some challenges that both investors and businesses face in creating a net positive impact, there are still ways in which we can ensure that investments are positively impacting society.
From AI to blockchain, what separates the hype from the real opportunities in the new age of investing technology? Join editors from The Economist and leaders from Venture Smarter, the world's premier financial institutions, wealthiest families, largest companies, most innovative startups and most influential foundations for the third annual Investing for Impact event.
This January, we were happy to co-host the U.S. Opportunity Zone Expo in partnership with the US Dept. of Treasury and the National Infrastructure and Investment Alliance (NIIA). Here are a few takeaways from Venture Smarter’s SVP of Governance and Policy, Rhonda Binda.
Recent developments out of the U.S. Treasury and the White House related to Opportunity Zones show that this initiative is gaining momentum as 2019 begins.
StateScoop — Four development teams have taken home top prizes in a competition for advanced infrastructure proposals, each securing up to $10 million in investment capital.
New York City aims to become the mecca of cybersecurity innovation through Cyber NYC, a $30 million investment initiative focused on five key technology programs, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced on Tuesday.
The Knight Foundation is stepping directly into the smart cities and transportation arena with the award of more than $5 million to five cities.
The National Science Foundation has launched a prize competition called the NSF 2026 Idea Machine - a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering.
Projects that promote regional economic development can capitalize upon the unique strengths of specific rural areas. USDA Rural Development helps finance these projects by helping applicants overcome multi-jurisdictional challenges and by helping leverage federal, state, local or private funding.
The AdvancingCities Challenge will make investments of up to $3 million in cities to support creative, collaborative and sustainable solutions that address cross-cutting challenges to help more people benefit from a growing economy.
Tool provides those looking to invest in Cincy with 24/7 access to City
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners said it has another $400 million worth of deals in the pipeline after a flurry of acquisitions in the past two months.
Startup Nation wants to draw entrepreneurs to use technology to meet the challenges facing cities in and out of Israel
The first 25 teams to submit their initial response for the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge are receiving support from Venture Smarter to prepare presentations, match with teaming partners, and explore the opportunities and challenges presented by smart - or IoT enabled - infrastructure and development.
For many companies, the tax bill that was signed into law just before Christmas was good news. It would lower their tax liability and boost earnings. But utilities are not like other companies.
After picking up $250 million in equity funding from Softbank earlier this year, the small business loans and finance company Kabbage — which uses only algorithms and machine learning (no humans) to determine an applicant’s eligibility — is announcing another big infusion of money. The company is picking up $200 million from Credit Suisse in a revolving credit facility that it will use for loans.
In an era of political tribalism, infrastructure investment is one of the few areas of American public policy that polls well among everyone. Which makes sense; who doesn’t like the idea of filling potholes, new airport terminals, and water systems that don’t burst?
It is hardly surprising that this policy clarification, finalized by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in a unanimous vote, failed to make headlines, or even any news. But given the vital implications for water utilities and their communities nationwide, it probably should have.
At the 2018 Smart Regions Conference leaders from across the United States and North America will highlight their success stories, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate to build smart cities and regions rooted in community impact and resilience.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the 10 selectees for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft System Pilot (UAS) Integration Program, all of which will develop drone pilot programs to help the DOT craft regulation for drone use.
Driven by an understanding of the environmental consequences and the opportunity for significant cost savings, a growing number of regional government and advocacy groups have launched initiatives to encourage and enforce mandatory energy benchmarking ordinances.
Rhonda Binda, Esq., who is the Co-Founder & VP Policy for Venture Smarter and Executive Director of the Regional Smart Cities Initiative, presented “Smart Cities-Innovation Leading to the Future of the Philippines.” The event showcases the Philippines’ cultural rich heritage, top tourism destinations, as well as trade and investment opportunities.
Technology consulting company Venture Smarter is working with the Department of Homeland Security and a group of venture capital firms to find promising ideas that could ultimately receive billions of dollars in support.
Those applying to Venture Smarter‘s 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge now have an extra incentive to participate: a $50 million prize pot for project financing and funding, with up to $3 billion available “for the right projects,” which the group unveiled Thursday at the Smart Cincy Summit.
Those applying to Venture Smarter‘s 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge now have an extra incentive to participate: a $50 million prize pot for project finacing and funding, with up to $3 billion available “for the right projects,” which the group unveiled Thursday at the Smart Cincy Summit.
Winning entries in the Smart Infrastructure Challenge could earn anywhere from $1 million to $10 million in funding for their projects, organizers announced Thursday at the Smart Cincy Summit. The challenge, launched earlier this year by Venture Smarter, has four project tracks: Smart and Connected Development; Smarter, Safer Streets; Critical Infrastructure; and Next Generation Infrastructure.
Venture Smarter and RSCI reveal new collaborators and financing partners for the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge to give communities of all sizes access to public and private support
CINCINNATI, Ohio — April 26, 2018 — Working in concert with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Congressional Smart Cities Caucus and private investment firms, Cincinnati-based Venture Smarter is transforming the smart cities conversation into action.
The Second Annual Smart Cincy Summit will bring together local, regional and national leaders on April 26th, 2018 at Union Hall in Cincinnati, OH. A detailed program overview, inclusive of featured speakers, panel discussions and smart planning workshops is now available.
The tech boom has diffused beyond the traditional hotbeds of California, New York, and Massachusetts, across the entire United States.
In the latest map of the most well-funded American tech startup in each state, some companies with the deepest pockets were found in Florida (Magic Leap, $1.89B), Virginia (OneWeb, $2.2B), Utah (Domo, $698M), and Illinois (Avant, $655M).