Meet These Interesting Cincinnati Startups

Cincinnati’s entrepreneurial community has drastically grown since 2010. These companies are innovative, have fresh outlooks on the workplace, and seek to disrupt their given industries. Here are some of the interesting companies in Cincinnati’s startup scene.

Astronomer (Founded 2015)Astronomer_phcwqy

Astronomer’s main goal and motto, is to “Connect and centralize data, from any source to any destination, in real-time.” Astronomer’s founders recognized that a key part of any sustainable business in today’s world is using data and analytics to more accurately and efficiently discover trends to gain success.


Cerkl (Founded 2014)CERKL_omhelg

Cerkl is an online platform that allows an organization to digitally engage with each member of their audience, based on their specific interests. Audience members select specified interests, the desired timing of receiving newsletters and the style of newsletter they prefer. With all of these factors combined, they receive personalized newsletters tailored to each of their interests, at a time that works best for them.


OCEAN Accelerator (Founded 2014)154e0655-4d17-4db6-8666-d99c4f42f4e4_h3qtfl

OCEAN is an exciting accelerator located in the Oakley part of Cincinnati. As an accelerator, it works with chosen startups and sends them through a program that helps “accelerate” their growth. Their mission is to “Increase Gods presence in the marketplace by building into entrepreneurs.” OCEAN fills the niche of a faith-based startup accelerator.


LISNR (Founded 2012)Image result for lisnr logo

LISNR is a company that provides a data transmission protocol that utilizes ultrasonic, inaudible technology that sends data over audio. LISNR is a graduate of the Techstars and R/GA accelerator and has won numerous industry awards for its technology.


Differential (Founded 2013)Image result for differential cincinnati

Differential uses a startup-like approach to enable partners to invent, prototype, test and build digital products that drive growth and keep them ahead of the innovation curve. Their primary services include digital innovation consulting and digital product development.


Top School Districts in Cincinnati

By: Brandon Sayers

This one is for our future teachers. Finding highly ranked school districts with solid resources is among the top factors when teachers look for employment. These are some of the best in Cincinnati.

*Info from and District Websites*

Indian Hill Exempted Village SchoolsImage result for indian hill school  logo

-13:1 student to teacher ratio

-Students: 1,884

-95% graduation rate


Mason City SchoolsImage result for mason city schools logo

-21:1 student to teaher ratio

-Students: 10,603

-97% Graduation rate


Wyoming City SchoolsImage result for wyoming city schools logo

-15:1 student teacher ratio

-Students: 1,894

-95% graduation rate



Sycamore Community SchoolsImage result for sycamore schools logo

-17:1 student teacher ratio

-Students: 5,229

-94% graduation rate


Mariemont City SchoolsImage result for mariemont logo

-18:1 student teacher ratio

-Students: 1,701

-95% graduation rate



Other Excellent Cincinnati School Districts: Madeira, Forest Hills, Kings

Excellent Cincinnati Private Schools: Cincinnati Country Day, Seven Hills, Summit Country Day, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA)

Top School Districts in Cleveland

By: Brandon Sayers

For teachers, finding a great school district with excellent resources is often a critical issue when deciding their employment. These are the best school districts in the Cleveland area.

Solon City Schools Image result for solon city schools logo

4,720 students

18:1 Student to teacher ratio

98% graduation rate

Beachwood City SchoolsImage result for beachwood city schools logo

1,481 students

11:1 student to teacher ratio

92% graduation rate


Hudson City Schools Image result for hudson city schools logo

4,541 students

17:1 student to teacher ratio

98% graduation rate



Orange City SchoolsImage result for orange schools logo

2,098 students

14:1 student to teacher ratio

95% graduation rate


Rocky River City SchoolsImage result for rocky river city schools logo

2,752 students

17:1 student to teacher ratio

98% graduation rate

Other Excellent Cleveland School Districts: Chagrin Falls, Kenston, Westlake

Highlights From “Northeastern Ohio’s Top Workplaces of 2016”

Every year, the Cleveland Plain Dealer releases a long list of the best places to work in northeastern Ohio. The results are directly based off of scores related to employee perceptions and satisfaction with the companies.

Charles Schwab – 619 EmployeesImage result for CHARLES SCHWAB LOGO

Headquarters:  San Francisco, CA (with locations throughout northeastern Ohio)

Reasons For Listing: Employees like the challenging work and the strong team-oriented culture.


Cleveland Clinic Health System – 41,220 EmployeesImage result for cleveland clinic logo

Headquarters: Cleveland, OH

Reasons For Listing: Employees like the career advancement potential and positive work environment.


Ernst & Young – 1,224 EmployeesImage result for ernst & young logo

Headquarters: New York, NY with large locations in northeastern Ohio

Reasons For Listing: Employees feel valued and that they have a work-life balance.



Incept – 205 EmployeesImage result for incept logo

Headquarters: Canton, OH

Reasons For Listing: Employees admire the big potential of growing the business and excellent managerial relationships.



Medical Mutual of Ohio – 1,870 EmployeesImage result for medical mutual of ohio

Headquarters: Cleveland, OH

Reasons For Listing: Employees admire the company’s leadership and the perks of being with the company.



National Interstate Insurance Company – 544 EmployeesImage result for national interstate insurance company

Headquarters: Richfield, OH

Reasons For Listing: Employees feel the company really cares for them and is open to new ideas.


MedData Inc. – 240 EmployeesImage result for med data

Headquarters: Brecksville, OH (Cleveland)

Reasons For Listing: Employees report that they have autonomy with their ideas and they admire the company’s security and friendliness.


Blue Chip Consulting Group – 86 EmployeesImage result for bluechip consulting

Headquarters: Seven Hills, OH (Cleveland)

Reasons for listing: Employees feel they are making a difference and feel their leadership is strong and talented.


Akron Children’s Hospital – 5,300 EmployeesImage result for akron childrens hospital

Headquarters: Akron, OH

Reasons For Listing: Employees feel encouraged to try new ideas, and like the wide influence that the hospital has.


Foundation Software – 187 EmployeesImage result for foundation software logo

Headquarters: Strongsville, OH (Cleveland)

Reasons For Listing: Employees report strong compensation and the consistent challenge to perform better.

Highlights From “Cincinnati’s Top Workplaces of 2016”

Every year, the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper releases a long list of the best places to work in Cincinnati. These results are directly based off of scores related to employee perceptions and satisfaction with the companies. Here are some highlights from that list.

The E.W. Scripps Company – 307 EmployeesImage result for ew scripps logo                                                          

Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH

Reasons for Listing: Employees admire the encouraging atmosphere and the skillfulness of their peers.



Health Carousel – 68 Employees     Image result for health carousel logo 

Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH

Reasons For Listing: Employees frequently comment on the great work culture and the company’s strong growth.


Barefoot Proximity – 114 Employees        Image result for barefoot proximity logo

Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH

Reasons For Listing: Helpfulness of team members and the company’s strong adaptability.


Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – 252 Employees    Image result for cincinnati zoo  logo                                                  

Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH

Reasons for listing: The zoo’s global influence and the employees feeling of making a difference.



Fifth Third Bank – 7,600 Employees                    Image result for fifth third  logo                                                        

Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH

Reasons for listing: Heightened employee collaboration and ability for autonomy within the large banking structure.


Ohio National Financial Services – 1,203 Employees          Image result for ohio national financial services  logo                                       

Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH

Reasons For Listing: Employees like the company’s stability and flexible culture.


Total Quality Logistics – 1,635 Employees         Image result for tql  logo                                                      

Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH

Reasons For Listing: Employees report high satisfaction with their managers and feel their input is valued.


American Modern Insurance Group – 1,202 Employees               

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Headquarters: Amelia, OH (Cincinnati)

Reasons For Listing: Employees like their co-                                                workers and are satisfied with their managerial relationships.


Intelligrated Inc. – 1,100 Employees

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Headquarters: Mason, OH (Cincinnati)

Reasons for listing: Employees feel respected and the company’s solid growth.


Medpace Inc. – 1,214 Employees          Image result for medpace logo                                                                       

Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH

Reason for Listing: Employees feel their opinions and ideas matter, and that they’re helping to make a difference in the world.


Senior Parisa Bennett Drops Knowledge About Job Searching

By: Brandon Sayers

Senior Parisa Bennett is a highly involved student on campus. As Dr. Wishart’s Supplemental Instructor (SI) for Econ 190, a member of Delta Gamma sorority, Vice President of the Class of 2017, and a Student Leader Fellow, she has grown and perfected her skills, which has translated into an exciting job opportunity after graduation.

Bennett will work for Reckitt Benckiser in Dallas, TX and has committed to a two-year rotational program ranging from Field Sales Rep, Sales Analyst, to Trade Analyst. A dynamic and lively culture is a key part of what Bennett says she’s excited to move to a new city, step outside her comfort zone, and be continually challenged by Reckitt Benckiser’s competitive culture.

Two of the most important aspects of job searching is getting to know the company of your interest, and networking with others. According to Bennett, utilizing her networks was crucial to securing the job. She reached out to a 2015 Wittenberg alum, who then referred her to the company. They helped Parisa prepare for the interview, and connected her to important people throughout the hiring process. Clearly, Bennett’s excellent ability to network gave her a leg up throughout her hiring process. This is something college students and younger people in general need to understand: Networking is an essential way to set oneself apart from others when searching for jobs.

She also emphasized the importance of knowing the ins and outs of a company. She says, “It is so evident when a job candidate knows about the company and is able to develop ‘well thought-out’ questions. If you want to stand out, that is the best place to start.” She echoes an extremely important part of job searches here: Get to know the company of your interest, and the people involved with it.

Bennett says the most important part of her Wittenberg experience was the Communication and Business Leadership Experience program (CABLE), as she learned how to find jobs and gain more confidence as a leader. She also utilized tools encouraged by Career Services such as job boards like CareerShift to attain her past work experiences.

The determined and important steps taken by Bennett has allowed her to earn employment with an impressive company in a completely new region. The importance of these actions cannot be overstated when job hunting. Students need to develop these skills to help them pursue their careers.

Spring 2017 Graduate and Professional School Fair

By: Kamryn Campbell

Career Services will be holding their spring Graduate and Professional School Fair on Thursday, February 23 from 11:50 am until 2:00 pm in the lower level of the student center. A variety of majors and interests will be represented through the twenty-seven schools attending. Regardless of your class year, stop by the fair and begin talking to recruiters. It is never too early to make connections!

If you are interested in seminary, multiple schools will be present: Bethany Theological Seminary and Trinity Lutheran Seminary as well as the Trinity School of Ministry. Ohio Northern University will be on campus promoting their law school, Pettit College of Law. Kent State University’s College of Podiatric Medicine will also be in attendance. Ohio State will be sending a general graduate school representative as well as recruiters within the College of Education and Human Ecology and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The University of Cincinnati will be represented by recruiters for their online programs and the Carl H. Lindner College of Business as well as a general recruiter for the university. Wright State’s Graduate School will be in attendance along with their MPA program. Xavier University’s ABSN program, University of Louisville’s SPHIS program, and Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School for social work are among the specialty programs being represented. Other schools attending the fair include Antioch University Midwest, Baldwin Wallace University, Bellarmine University, Bowling Green State University, St. George’s University, the University of Dayton, the University of Findlay, Urbana University, Ursuline College, and our own Wittenberg University.

Before attending the fair, research any schools that interest you and come prepared to talk with the recruiters. Also, prepare some questions to ask them. Collect any brochures or business cards that they are handing out so that you can send a follow-up email to thank the school’s representatives for their time. Whether you are a freshman or even unsure if you want to attend graduate school, stop by the fair and talk with schools that interest you. Your connections made at the fair may be the make-it or break-it moment when being accepted into school.