The INKUBATOR's First class

Assist Write

Mari Bower

Assist Write is a web-based word-processing program that allows users to build and access customizable reference databases as they write. Forget closing and opening new tabs and windows to search for facts. A Google search box pops up within your document when you need to search. It provides you with results rated for accuracy and offers the option of adding and ‘live-linking’ facts to your database for future use.


Gary Darna

CompleteSet is the exclusive, invite-only community that connects collectors to each other and the brands they love. The site profiles information about coveted items from collectible brands, each individually added by volunteer curators who are collectors themselves. Collectors from around the world use CompleteSet to build a personalized digital catalog of their prized possessions, and in the process automate the tedious search for the items they need to complete their collections.

Founded in 2012 by Gary Darna and Jaime Rump, the company was named a winner of the 2012 Cincinnati Innovates contest and awarded a $10,000 Imagining Grant from CincyTech. Shortly after, a prototype was launched which collectors have since used to record more than 37,000 items they 'Have' or 'Want' in their collections. To date, CompleteSet has curated over 100,000 unique collectibles and serves users from 15 countries.

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It's been called "Facebook for Farmers" and "what Facebook could have been if Mark Zuckerberg had actually considered making Facebook useful and interesting".  Earthineer is a network designed exclusively for sustainable living and homesteading, that allows members to socialize, find experts, and trade.  Having started the INKUBATOR program last year with 4,500 members, Earthineer now has over 15,000.  Earthineer was awarded the Kentucky Rural Innovation Fund, and is currently raising their first investment round, having received an investment from the Bluegrass Angels, and several individual investors.  Earthineer was recently announced as a finalist in the Cincinnati Business Courier's "Innovation Awards".

Dan is a requested speaker at events like the Mother Earth News Fair, the OEFFA conference, and the Self Reliance Expo on topics like DIY Solar Panels and Bokashi Composting.  He has been published in Edible Ohio Valley and New Pioneer magazine.

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Jason Hulett

LineScout is a cloud-based software application designed specifically to assist management efforts in the restaurant industry. LineScout offers a fun and engaging spin on traditional management approaches by analyzing industry specific performance metrics and utilizing elements of gamification and social sharing. LineScout is an engaging and effective management tool that is both cutting-edge and easy-to-use. Through the use of detailed statistical analysis, customizable reports, and virtual incentives, LineScout allows restaurants to monitor individual employee work performance, and consequently retain top employees. With the help of LineScout, restaurant owners can reduce costly turnover, boost employee morale, and improve the overall customer experience which will ultimately increase profits.