These 8 startups will get $100,000 to grow in Louisville | Business

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Eight startups will each get $100,000 in capital to grow their businesses in the Louisville area.

Render Capital, a Louisville-based hedge fund, announced the winners of its third annual pitch competition during an event at Lynn Family Stadium Thursday night.

Render will invest $100,000 in each of the companies, three of which are already based in Louisville. The other five will move their headquarters to the Louisville area, according to Render Capital.

The winning companies were chosen from more than 230 applications.

“We are confident that this cohort will help our local startup ecosystem continue to flourish and we look forward to seeing how each company uses these funds,” Marigrace Ragsdale, venture platform manager at Render Capital, said in a press release.

These are the winning companies, with descriptions provided by Render Capital:

Connect (Louisville, Kentucky) – Connect serves hyper-focused digital ad placements. We associate geographic locations to digital devices, directing your marketing message to target people’s laptops, smartphones, tablets, and desktops.

Sound (Redwood City, California): Despite its monumental impact on career advancement, access to mentoring is inequitable and locked behind exclusive professional networks or luck. Dreami is breaking down the barriers to tutoring by providing a delightfully beautiful and scalable platform.

fanluv (Los Angeles, California): FANLUV is a blockchain-based social network that allows its users to monetize their content and earn revenue through the FANLUV token.

gamerabble (Tampa, Florida) – Gamerabble is the first gamified esports coaching and training platform for gamers who want to improve in a fun, toxicity-free, and inclusive space where you can learn from your peers while earning rewards that will make improving more enjoyable than ever. .

Prepsharp (Louisville, Kentucky) – PrepSharp is a tutor-centric SaaS solution that aims to propel the typical paper-and-pencil tutoring scenario into the 21st century.

sensegrass (Fremont, California): Sensegrass is a soil intelligence platform for fertilizer management. We use a combination of AI-based recommendations and soil sensors to deliver real-time soil health analysis and targeted nutrient management. We help farmers and businesses reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, increase crop yields and grow more sustainably.

soft creations (Highland Heights, Kentucky) – Smoove Creations gives corporations the ability to create customizable footwear in minutes. Using the Smoove Creations 3D design studio, customers select their shoe, upload custom artwork, create color schemes and add custom text.

TitleWise (Clarksville, Indiana) – TitleWise offers a powerful web-based tool for creating digital reports and databases designed specifically for real estate title extractors. Fully customizable to meet any formatting need, investigators produce typed reports in the field, on the go, remotely.

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