November 2016 HCDC Business Center Newsletter

Business Incubation, News

HCDC Business Center Receives Renewed Ohio Third Frontier Funding

ohio-third-frontier-logoThe HCDC Business Center, along with other #startupcincy ecosystem organizations CincyTech, The Brandery, Cintrifuse and the UC Accelerator, have been awarded $13.9 million in Ohio Third Frontier funding from the State of Ohio. This funding is guaranteed for two years with an option for a third year. Ohio Third Frontier, administered by a commission and advisory board, allocates General Assembly funds to encourage the growth of startup and technology companies throughout the state.

HCDC Client ReadySet Surgical Featured in TechOhio Video

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HCDC Client Company Wins A.O. Smith and Water Council Award

prd-techBREW Accelerator, a program of The Water Council in Milwaukee,  is an accelerator that pairs a water-focused startup community with credible resources of the World Water Hub to help entrepreneurs accelerate results around the world. The organization held its “BREW Corporate: Powered by A.O. Smith” challenge this past summer, and SoftTap Water, Inc., a spinoff company of HCDC Business Center Client company PRD Tech, Inc., won the challenge.

SoftTap Water’s unique water-softening technology utilizes a proprietary, passive filtration system to remove dissolved calcium and magnesium bicarbonates that form scale in drinking and industrial water systems. In addition to softening, this technology also provides water filtration benefits including the removal of endotoxins, viruses, bacteria, cysts, polysaccharides, colloids, iron, manganese, sub-micron particles, and trace pharmaceuticals.

“Unlike other water treatment and softening products on the market, SofTap Water’s unique filter combines the best of both worlds, reducing waste while cleaning and softening water. We’re excited about the potential possibilities to partner with the SofTap Water team alongside our engineers at the Corporate Technology Center and the Global Water Center,” notes Dr. Robert Heideman, chief technology officer at A. O. Smith Corporation. “All entries were reviewed by a panel of A.O. Smith employees, The Water Council senior staff, and subject matter experts in the area of freshwater science. SoftTap Water was the overall leader, and we felt it was the best investment for both A.O. Smith and The Water Council,” Heideman continued.

eKickStart 11/18/16 – “How to Hire for your Startup” – David Montgomery, Fran Nunan, Paul DeLuca


David Montgomery

At our last eKickStart session, Mark Homer-GNGF, Tim Rettig-Intrust IT discussed “Start-up culture for a winning team.” This month, we will do a follow-on session on how to hire to match up with your “Startup Culture.” Our guest panel includes David Montgomery a Principal in the Cincinnati, Ohio, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.. Jackson Lewis is a national firm with more than 800 attorneys in major cities throughout the U.S. It represents employers in all facets of labor and employment law. Among other honors, the firm was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the 2017 Best Law Firm of the Year in the area of employment law, representing management.

David is licensed in Ohio, California, and Georgia and represents employers throughout the country on the full range of labor and employment-related issues. In addition, he provides day-to-day labor and employment advice and management training with respect to many facets of employment law.

David is a graduate of Miami University and Vanderbilt Law School. He has been rated by Super Lawyers and recognized by Best Lawyers in American.


Fran Nunan

Also on the panel is Fran Nunan. Fran graduated from the University of Cincinnati and began her career at The Procter & Gamble Company, where she leveraged her natural people skills and compassion for helping others in Human Resources. After 14 years progressing through a series of operational assignments at Procter, Fran left to establish her own HR consulting practice, focusing on upgrading and developing talent. Subsequent to owning her own practice, Fran served in the senior HR leadership roles at both Hydro Systems Company and School Outfitters. Fran holds the Senior Certified Professional (SCP) designation, as well as the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. She continues to spend a large amount of her time coaching and guiding students and young professionals.

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UC Interns Available for Spring Semester, Starting January 9th

University of Cincinnati Intern Program Pamphlet

UC Intern Program Pamphlet

UC ProPEL’s Academic Internship Program (AIP) connects students’ academic study to a meaningful professional experience; it’s a partnership between UC, employers, and students.

Benefits of the program include:

• Internships can be part-time or full-time, with profit and non-profit organizations

• Students from a wide variety of majors are available year-round on a semester basis (typically 12–15 weeks)

• ProPEL provides a structured, turnkey system for employers to view résumés, interview students, and extend offers directly to candidates

• Students receive faculty-led instruction and advising in professional development, job search and selection, and reflection after the internship

• Supervisors can connect with a faculty advisor at any time throughout the semester

• Employers provide feedback and complete an evaluation of the students’ on-the-job performance and progress

Click to read the UC ProPEL Academic Internship Program Pamphlet

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