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NKU and The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Launch a New Collaboration to Support Local Tech Startup


NKU, Cincinnati Chamber and Inphlu Team


Jan. 23, 2020— Northern Kentucky University students are providing crucial support for high-growth minority entrepreneurs and receiving hands-on learning opportunities as part of a new talent development collaboration between NKU, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s nationally recognized Minority Business Accelerator and Inphlu, a Cincinnati-based tech startup.

“This partnership truly brings the business community and higher education together by developing a talent pipeline, and it aligns directly with our Success by Design Strategic Framework’s pillar of career and community engagement,” said NKU President Ashish Vaidya. “We look to continue to develop partnerships like this to further student success to meet the needs of our region.”

As part of the collaboration, students in the Haile/US Bank College of Business’  Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) can apply for exclusive internship opportunities within Inphlu. Students work as junior account managers helping other businesses create digital strategies across their social media platforms.

“One of our initiatives at the CIE is to develop a talent pipeline for the start-up ecosystem. Internships with high-potential start-ups like Inphlu, provide students with the opportunity to develop skills that start-ups need,” said Zac Strobl, assistant director of the CIE. 

The program complements the Cincinnati Chamber’s host of other talent initiatives designed to support businesses and cultivate a workforce. Utilizing the leadership experience of the Minority Business Accelerator, the partnership also provides a valuable business service to the community.

“Many entrepreneurs are challenged to identify and support the right mix of talent to scale their early-stage business, so through this unique collaboration with NKU we were able to create a solid base and pipeline of talent for Inphlu, while concurrently providing an exciting and real world business experience for the students,” said Darrin Redus, vice president and executive director of the Minority Business Accelerator.

Led by Inphlu’s management, students will develop strategic social media planning, understand customer service, conduct market research and data analytics. The partnership’s autonomy mimics the reality of careers in the digital communications field.

“We want to empower the student interns to be creative, strategic and professional,” said Joshua Reid, founder and CEO of Inphlu. “By letting them learn the ropes and assisting experts through their internship, we’re helping them experience the realities of a potential career in a field that is rapidly evolving.”

Visit NKU’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship or Inphlu to learn more.

About the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber: The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber grows the vibrancy and economic prosperity of the Cincinnati Region. It does this by serving as a bold voice for the interests of its 4,000-member businesses and their more than 300,000 employees. The Chamber is committed to expanding the region's talent base by attracting new residents and finding new ways to connect employers to skilled workers. And, by harnessing the power of Cincinnati USA’s unique offerings, implementing regional vision, and through intentional inclusion in everything we do, the Chamber is on a path to help transform this region into the hottest city in America. For more information, visit

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit