These are the Greater Cincinnati Startups to Watch in 2021 (Cincinnati Business Courier)

It’s been a wild year over here at Cincy Inno. And not just because of the ongoing global worldwide pandemic. Despite a 2020 filled with lockdowns, shutdowns, and more pivots than we care to count, we’ve still been able to share great stories, highlight companies new and old, highlight some amazing funding rounds, while also exploring some shifts in innovation that maybe wouldn’t have otherwise taken hold. Now that we’re finally closing in on the end of the year, we’d like to take a step back and look at the companies poised for big things in January – and beyond. 

For our third annual Startups to Watch list, Cincy Inno has highlighted 15 up-and-coming tech companies that should be on your radar in 2021. These early-stagers have established solid traction, either by early raises, fast revenue growth, impressive hires or innovative approaches to important problems – and should see even more growth next year and beyond. These companies, which range from health tech to fintech to agriculture and more, will have a big impact on our region going forward. So without further adieu, here are our Cincinnati Startups to Watch in 2021.

  • If electric vehicles are indeed the future, Electrada should be on everyone’s “Startups to Watch” list. The OTR-based company is focused on turnkey delivery and management of EV charging solutions, and its recent partners include HILLS Properties, a Blue Ash-based developer, builder and apartments manager; the Cincinnati Art Museum; and Findlay Market. There’s an incredible appetite – and plenty of investment opportunity – for its kind of ecosystem among businesses, government leaders, building owners and drivers.