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Cincinnati Startup Showcase links web entrepreneurs, funders and business community

Regular readers of Soapbox know that dozens of Cincinnatians are toiling away on small tech, software and IT-related business and product ideas. Some of those ideas have turned into viable startups and are on their way to creating new jobs and freedom for their founders.

But taking an idea from concept to a growing company takes long, unpaid hours, outside funding and ongoing support and exposure. At least two dozen Greater Cincinnati web entrepreneurs are expected at the first ever Cincinnati Startup Showcase July 21, looking for that exposure and the resources that will help their companies grow.

The Cincinnati Startup Showcase is being organized by Continuous Web Cincinnati (formerly WEMUP) a group of web entrepreneurs, designers, and developers that meet monthly in Oakley Square at Redtree Art Gallery & Coffeeshop.

"Our goal has been to make Cincinnati the Silicon Valley of the Midwest, and I really believe we can do that. And we wanted to have an event to showcase some of these companies, and prove to people we have some really good sustainable businesses solving problems," said Continuous Web Cincinnati founder Joshua Johnson. Johnson is also CEO and founder of Mindbox Studios, a web design and custom software service company.

The event will be at Crossroads, 3500 Madison Rd., in Oakley. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Companies that have already signed up include:

AccidentalCreative.com
WouldURather.com
BudgetSketch.com
BrainRack.com
SparkPeople.com
Givimo.com
IdeaTraction.com
WhatIfSports.com
VenueAgent.com  
ShareThis.com
ShareSomeSugar.com
Transactiv.com
CoupSmart.com
ZipScene.com

Each company will have space for a booth, and there is no cost to attend. Companies will also get feedback on the feasibility of their ideas or potential for growth and investment from investor groups including the Queen City Angles, Johnson said.  Anyone with a web, tech or IT company or product that's interested in showcasing can find more information here.

The event is also looking for additional sponsors. Anyone interested in doing so can contact Johnson at joshua@mindboxstudios.com.

Writer: Feoshia Henderson
Source: Joshua Johnson, Founder and CEO Mindbox Studios
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