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$100K to Boost
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We provide seed funding and support
for early stage startups with unique founding teams

About Hillman

We are a minority and women lead tech/tech enabled accelerator focused on developing highly scalable, venture backable companies.

Our Mission

The Hillman Accelerator is committed to discovering and launching innovative ventures from minority and women founders through our 4-month program based in Cincinnati, OH.

About Qey Capital

Qey Capital evaluates start up to midsize businesses in consumer services, technology and engineering, exploring how our human and financial capital can grow your business to the next level.

Program Details

Hillman Accelerator focuses on companies led by underrepresented individuals in tech by developing venture backable companies. Established in 2017, this statewide effort will display how the state of Ohio strives to move the needle on diversity with this new program. Founded by Dhani Jones, Ebow Vroom and Candice Matthews, the Hillman Accelerator will be the only full time program focused on developing teams lead by underrepresented leaders delivering high quality programming, mentorship and education to the participants. The Hillman team has solidified solutions-based partnerships that allow Hillman companies to work on strategic objectives of their national corporate partners. Sourcing teams nationally, the accelerator will focus on bringing highly scalable, venture back-able companies from around the country to our city of Cincinnati: The Queen City.

Hillman Accelerator Investors

  • Cincy Tech
  • Cintrifuse
  • Queen City Angels
  • Qey Capital
  • Ohio.Gov
  • Ohio Third Frontier

Serious Support for Serious Entrepreneurs

Significant seed investment, high quality mentoring, infrastructure support, education, assessments, social activities and travel.

  • Hillman is a 4-month program, 16-weeks based in Cincinnati, OH
  • Hillman will recruit 5 tech/tech-enabled companies in 2017
  • Hillman is a public + private partnership with the State of Ohio and Qey Capital
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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Our New Home:
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

We're proud to house our accelerator in this historically, architecturally and culturally significant treasure on the downtown Cincinnati riverfront.

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