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Winning Awards, Earning Contracts: October 1, 2018 Portfolio Update

Awards, Recognition & Prominent Accounts Roll in for OIF Portfolio Companies

Whether it’s startup media, promotional groups or community organizations, notable entities are recognizing the Ohio Innovation Fund’s portfolio companies. Keep reading to learn about some of the awards and other recognitions garnered by our portfolio companies.


Genetesis is VentureOhio’s 2018 Early Stage Company of the Year

MedTech Startup to Solve Chest PainAt VentureOhio’s annual VentureDinner event, the organization named cardiac imaging technology company Genetesis, Inc. as its Early Stage Company of the Year, after naming it Seed Stage Company of the Year in 2017. Among the Genetesis accomplishments mentioned at the dinner were its $7.5 million in Series A financing and Mark Cuban’s decision to invest in the company.

Read a Cincinnati Business Courier article on the award here.

Genetesis Founder & CEO Peeyush Shrivastava was also named one of Cincy Inno’s 25 Under 25, which you can read about here.


Gartner Designates Wiretap & Immuta as Cool Vendors

Workplace Collaboration PlatformBusiness research and advisory organization Gartner recently released a report titled “Cool Vendors in Unified Communications and Collaboration Technologies,” and among the startups named were security intelligence platform Wiretap and data management company Immuta. The report focuses on companies with technology that stands to disrupt the communications market, through means such as chatbots, AI and conventional user interfaces.

“These platforms are emerging as powerful tools to speed innovation, increase employee engagement and improve efficiency, and Wiretap is taking a collaboration-first approach to help companies utilize them with confidence.” –Jeff Schuman, Wiretap Co-Founder & CEO

Read about Wiretap’s entry in the list here, and Immuta’s appearance on it here.


Mezu Serves as Official Payment App of Ohio City Street Festival

At the 2018 Ohio City Street Festival on Sept. 23, privacy-conscious payment app Mezu served as the official payment app as well as the presenting sponsor. Vendors throughout the festival accepted payment via Mezu, and each attendee who used the app was given $5 from Mezu to spend at the festival.

“We think this will change the way people are able to enjoy the day and not have to worry about having a wallet or cash on them. It will also make it easier for vendors to serve even more people on the day.” –Tom McNair, Ohio City Incorporated Executive Director

Read more about Mezu’s participation in the festival here.

Business news network Cheddar recently wrote up a profile, including a video, on Mezu, which you can see here.


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Winning Awards, Earning Contracts: October 1, 2018 Portfolio Update