Trio of Cincinnati startups by FSB grads on list of those to watch in 2020

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A trio of startups founded by Farmer School graduates are among 12 startups named by Cincinnati Inno as companies to watch in 2020.

The three companies are:

  • Apex Sports, co-founded by 2016 grads Marcus Davis (entrepreneurship) and Connor Morris (supply chain management). “Apex Sports allows users to learn sport skills straight from the pros through its exclusive platform,” the article stated. “With additional sport offerings being added to the site consistently, it will be interesting to see how Apex expands in 2020.”
  • KCD Cosmetics, founded by 2019 grad Kamilah Dotson (social justice studies, management and leadership, and entrepreneurship). “A startup that produces makeup and other products developed specifically for women of color,” Cincy Inno explained. “Dotson additionally uses her company’s platform to create a positive social impact.”
  • Zandaland, founded by 2019 grad Christie Currie (marketing and entrepreneurship). “A digital platform and “virtual world” for children’s hospitals. It works to educate, foster connection and comfort pediatric cancer patients,” the article explained.

All three companies’ founders are graduates of the RedHawk Launch Accelerator, the Altman Institute’s seed stage accelerator for Miami University undergraduate student-led startups with high growth potential, which provides seed funding to startups in each cohort.

"We bring in members of the Startup Cincy ecosystem to coach the teams in the accelerator, so the success of the accelerator teams is a reflection of the commitment made by Startup Cincy ecosystem members," accelerator director Mark Lacker said.

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