Applications Now Open!


UpTech 5 Info Session and Happy Hour

On June 8th, at Braxton Brewing we will be hosting an info session and happy hour for anyone interested in applying for our fifth cohort. UpTech staff, board members, and alum will be in attendance. Join us from 5pm-7pm, the first round is on us!


The accelerator for data-driven startups developing tech-enabled solutions.

UpTech at a Glance

UpTech is Greater-Cincinnati’s tech accelerator program for data-driven startups that are developing tech-enabled solutions and seeking equity funding. UpTech selects up to 10 startups annually to go through the 6-month accelerator program driven by intensive entrepreneurship education, one-on-one mentoring, and extensive community involvement.

  • 10 Startups

    We select and invest in up to 10 tech startups each year to go through our accelerator program.

  • 5+1 Month Program

    In 6 months our aim is to help create strong entrepreneurs and high-growth, viable, investable businesses.

  • $50K Investment

    The UpTech Fund invests up to $50,000 per startup during the program, giving companies the capital they need to succeed.

  • Mentorship

    We equip our startups with the right mentors and connections to learn what is needed to be an entrepreneur and to run a high-growth company.

We develop our entrepreneurs through education and mentorship; empowering each to build a strong, investable business.

Our portfolio is comprised of 30 companies.
54 founders have started companies in the past 4 years.
135 full and part-time jobs have been created as a result of the program.
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Our portfolio companies have received over $3.5MM in follow-on funding to date.
In the past 2 years we have seen 2 successful portfolio exits.
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Over 80 organizations comprise our network of mentors, educators and sponsors.

The UpTech tech startup accelerator is located in Covington, KY, just across the river from Cincinnati, OH.  We run an annual program beginning every September bringing in up to 10 startups and making an investment of up to $50,000.


UpTech Alumni

The Greater-Cincinnati region offers a wealth of business expertise in health, manufacturing, logistics, data/analytics, cyber security, among many others. UpTech leverages the community in which we live in to accelerate your business. We like our startups to provide solutions to the industry sweet spots of our region in order to maximize customer and business development opportunities.


UpTech 2016 Sponsors

New in 2016


Does your accelerator have an official distillery?  Neither did ours…until now.

We’re excited to announce the New Riff Distillery as our official distilling partner.