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The Queen City's biotech startup scene is booming, and here's why

According to the 2017 BioEnterprise mid-year report, Cincinnati has had 90 percent growth in biotech startup investment since 2012. This includes more than $54 million in the first half of 2017 — more than any other city in the Midwest.

There are other cities that are leading in biotech startups, including Silicon Valley, Boston and North Carolina's Research Triangle. But there are several things working to Cincinnati's advantage:
  • It broke into the top 20 metro markets for overall startup activity in 2017
  • Was named a leading startup market in the state of Ohio
  • Established institutions that use medial science (think P&G, Johnson & Johnson, Cincinnati Children's)
  • A strong startup pipeline in the form of CincyTech, startup accelerators and incubators
Click here to read more about Cincinnati's growing biotech scene.


Two Cincinnati-founded startups named best to watch outside of Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is known as the spot for startups, but other cities, including Cincinnati, are hot on its heels.

The startups that made VentureBeat's list of the top startups to watch in 2018 are ones that have found success by leveraging their strengths in their respective markets. Thanks to an influx of venture capital, promising hires and new customers, they’re set up for success.

Cincinnati-based Lisnr, founded in 2012, develops ultrasonic audio technology that uses inaudible Smart Tones to transmit information. It’s one of few companies experimenting within what it calls “the internet of sound.”

Tilr, another Queen City alum, aims to solve many of the hiring problems exacerbated by Silicon Valley’s tight-knit network. Similar to Blendoor, Tilr is a hiring platform that aims to remove unconscious bias in the hiring process. It's exclusively for on-demand workers and matches applicants with companies based solely on skills, not past job titles.

Read more about the top 10 startups to watch here.

Locally founded Brandemonium named must-go marketing conference of 2018

Whether you're a keynote speaker or just an attendee, it's important to know what industry events to go to and how to prepare. Forbes recently rounded up the marketing conferences that are can't-miss events for 2018, and locally founded Brandemonium made the list.

Brandemonium, which will be held for the second time from Oct. 2-5 in Cincinnati, claims to be the first of its kind. It's all about brand and agency creativity. This year, organizers anticipate over 1,000 attendees for four days of panels, workshops and mentoring sessions.

Can't make Brandemonium? Don't worry, there's sure to be a conference that fits your schedule and needs on this list.


Queen City job market ranked eighth best

When people relocate for a job, they tend to gravitate toward millennial hotspots like New York and San Francisco. But if you’re looking for a change of scenery, a midsize city with working-class roots may be the best option.

New data from Glassdoor reveals the 25 best U.S. metro areas for jobs, based on affordability, job openings and job satisfaction. Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Kansas City topped the list, with Cincinnati coming in at no. 8.

The top three cities, all rapidly-evolving destinations for tech talent, have over 80,000 job openings each, and a cost of living that puts big cities to shame. Other Midwestern cities on the list, like Minneapolis and Detroit, have well over 100,000 openings a piece.

Cincinnati has about 80,000 job openings with a median base salary of just over $44,000. Job satisfaction rating is 3.3, and the median home value is $152,600.

Click here to see the complete stats from the top 25 best U.S. metro areas for jobs.

Rhinegeist's Dad makes best winter beers list

Winter isn't just about eating too much food and spending time with family — it's also a time when breweries step up their game with winter warmer beers. These beers are typically Scotch ales or ambers, and feature pie spieces like cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. USA Today rounded up 28 of the country's best winter beers, and it's no surprise that Rhinegeist's Dad made the list.

Dad is a flannel-inspired beer, and is a nod to Rhinegeist's founder’s own flannel-wearing father, complete with notes of pine, citrus and caramel. 

Dad joines other mouth-watering beers from around the U.S., including Bourbon Barrel Aged Gingerbread Imperial Stout from Moody Tongue Brewing in Chicago, Three Cranes from Mystic Brewery in Massachusetts and an EggNog IPA from Evil Twin Brewing in Brooklyn.

See the full list here.

MORTAR helps local entrepreneurs overcome business obstacles, one step at a time

MORTAR co-founders Derrick Braziel, William Thomas II and Allen Woods saw the need to provide resources for underrepresented entrepreneurs. 

Together, they help entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds build a business plan, launch their business, gain access to customers and funding and connect with other entrepreneurs and mentors. 

Watch this video from Forbes to learn more.

Two Cincinnati groups get GRAMMY nods

Tune into the 60th annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28th to see if two Cincinnati groups receive a coveted award in their category.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Louis Langrée, received a nomination for Best Orchestral Performance for the album "Concertos for Orchestra."  

Composer Zhou Tian (pronounced Jo-Tyen) also earned a spot in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category for that same album.
The CSO has been here before — it was previously nominated in the Best Orchestral Performance category but has not taken home that trophy. But they have won Grammys related to production and engineering, most recently for a 2008 release.

The National, a Brooklyn-based, Cincinnati-bred group, also received a nod for its latest release, "Sleep Well Beast" in the Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package categories.

The National also received a nomination in the Best Alternative Music Album category for 2013's "Trouble Will Find Me."

See if your favorite artist is up for a GRAMMY here.

Two Cincinnati entrepreneurs named to Forbes 30 Under 30

Rithvik Venna and Michael Markesbery of Oros, a Cincinnati startup, were named to this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 list. They, along with 598 others, are considered among the brightest minds of 2017. 

In 2015, the two — who were still in college at Miami University at the time — successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their business venture. They raised about $600,000 to get Oros off the ground.

For about three years, Oros has been tinkering with and improving its garments, making them warmer, thinner, more comfortable and sleek, with an aerogel insulation foam they call SolarCore, which is inspired by NASA technology. Oros has a new line of high-tech jackets and cold-weather apparel, and this year, they've added fleeces and vests.

See the other 30 Under 30 members, or read more about Venna and Markesbery here.


BLINK not the only draw in Cincinnati

This October brought BLINK to the Queen City, a free, walkable, light and art festival that spanned from The Banks to Findlay Market and included 60 large-scale installations and projections. Over one million people attended, putting it on the radar of people all over the region, and the country.

While in town for BLINK, travel blog Cool Hunting uncovered a myriad of other can't-miss options in town, including the 21c, Findlay Market, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Arts Museum, the Lucky Cat Museum, Taft's Ale House, brewery tours in Over-the-Rhine, the American Sign Museum, Rhinegeist's new restaurant, Music Hall and drinks at Sundry and Vice.

Click here to read more about Cool Hunting's four days of Cincinnati discovery.


Cincinnati is the eighth best city to live in if you love beer

In honor of International Stout Day (Nov. 2), Zumper.com evaluated the cities with the best bang for your buck, when it comes to beer.

Rankings were based on the number of breweries and brewpubs per capita, the number of bars per capita, the number of medals won at the Great American Beer Festival since its founding in 1982, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment, the state's beer tax and the average price for a pint of beer.

The results are in, and Cincinnati is the eighth best city in the U.S. to live in if you're an avid beer drinker. Local breweries have won 13 medals at GABF, and on average, beer is about $3.50 a pint. There are also 66 bars per capita, which gives residents a ton of options.

See the full ranking here.

Cincinnati, Hamilton lead the way for startup development

Cincinnati, Columbus and Hamilton have landed themselves on the list of the top 100 cities to start a business in the U.S., according to a new survey from the company How to Start an LLC.

The top five cities in which to launch a startup are New Braunfels, Texas; San Antonio; Jacksonville; Cincinnati; and Arlington, respectively. The states with the most highly-ranked cities are, in order of the amount of cities, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Colorado and Ohio.

Columbus ranks no. 16 and Hamilton ranks no. 28 on the list.

Metrics that factored into the ranking included cost of living, unemployment, university data and the Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, which focuses on new business creation activity and people engaging in business startup activity.

To read more about the ranking and see the full list, click here.

Please Cincinnati jumping on pink trend

The color Millennial Pink is all over the place, from social media to food. It's a shade that restaurants are embracing, including Cincinnati's own Please.

Inside, customers can find locally made light-pink ceramic bowls, pink wine books and checkbooks and Please's Instagram-famous pink-flecked bathroom tile, which was handpainted by Chef Ryan Santos and his girlfriend, Jessie.

Check out other pink restaurant trends here.

Queen City ranked no. 16 for economic growth in country

Cincinnati's booming economic opportunities landed it among 50 cities that restaurant website Yelp is watching in its latest project.

The Queen City ranks no. 16 on Yelp’s list of 50 cities for economic opportunity as part of its new Local Economic Outlook program.

The project was launched to use Yelp’s high volume of data to help businesses succeed and enable policymakers to make effective change to boost their communities. To date, the website has about 135 million users, allowing for a large amount of data to be collected.

On top of the top 50 cities for economic opportunity, Yelp also compiled data on the top 50 most improved neighborhoods for economic opportunity and the 10 most improved business categories for economic opportunity. To see all of the reports, click here.

Local startup shoots for the stars in data analysis

Astronomer, a CincyTech seed fund company, is working to give data analysts some of their time back. The two-year-old local startup has already raised $5.5 million in funding from Silicon Valley accelerators AngelPad and 500 Startups, as well as venture capital firm Frontline Ventures.

The startup helps companies build automated data pipelines, which are programs that gather data from various sources and collect it in central databases for analysis. This means that data analysts can spend less time manually entering data into spreadsheets and more time finding trends within the data.

Astronomer's goal is to make data tasks easier for non-tech companies. Its platform comes in two tiers — the base tier simplifies the pipeline process to selecting source and destination applications from a list of built-in integrations. Pricing is structured simply, starting at free to use and gradually scaling with the number of data events per month.

Its software has sold well in the non-tech sector, and companies like Roadtrippers, Everything But The House and CVG are already customers.

Click here to read more about Astronomer in Forbes.


Beer is rebooting Cincinnati neighborhoods

"Beer is bringing back our neighborhoods." Mayor John Cranley, 2017 State of the City address

Food & Wine recently dived into this statement, and found that Cranley is right. According to numbers from the Brewers Association, which represents the interests of small and independent breweries nationwide, craft brewing contributed about $68 billion to the economy last year, and created nearly half a million jobs.

Cincinnati is currently home to over 40 breweries, and another 11 are in the works. It's evident that neighborhood breweries are helping boost the city's economy — brewery owners are renovating buildings, hiring local workers and boosting the local economy.

Food & Wine highlighted four breweries — Brink, Rhinegeist, Urban Artifact and Woodburn — that are doing all of the above.

Click here to read more about Cincinnati's booming brewconomy.
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