Top 10 Startups of 2019

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As the social enterprise movement continues to gain traction in Central Ohio, is using a simple solution to tackle a large societal problem.

The online jobs platform connects the formerly incarcerated with vetted employment opportunities across the country. works with a wide range of employers to help the nearly 700,000 people released from prison every year find gainful, second-chance employment.

It’s personal for Founder Harley Blakeman who served time in his late teens. After creating the very platform that could have helped him in late 2018, has continued to gain traction, adding employment opportunities across Ohio and the country.

In September, was also named the Emerging Social Enterprise of the Year at The Metropreneur’s Aspire 2019, recognizing the company’s passion to address a major social problem, its demonstrable progress in obtaining customers, and Blakeman’s persistence to overcome his own obstacles after incarceration.

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  2. Point App
  3. GiftPocket
  4. Modcon Living
  5. Woodhouse Vegan
  6. Simple Time Mixers
  7. Wild Tiger Tees
  8. Edgework Creative
  9. Spritz Sparkling Teas
  10. Origin Malt

Flashback: Top Startup of 2018 – EmpowerBus
Top Startup of 2017 – DACA Time
Top Startup of 2016 – Aunt Flow
Flashback: Top Startup of 2015 – Hai Poké
Top Startup of 2014 – Hot Chicken Takeover
Flashback: Top Startup of 2013 – Actual Brewing Company

Note: Our “Best of 2019″ lists are published as the combined results of our annual Reader Nomination Survey and Editor’s Choice picks.