Bad Girl Ventures (BGV) officially announced its latest Cincinnati class last night, February 3, 2016. Nancy Aichholz, BGV, Inc. Executive Director for Cincinnati, kicked the evening off with a little information about what BGV stands for and how it works. Wendy Lea followed Nancy with some inspirational words and an assurance that #StartupCincy is here for anyone brave enough to follow an entrepreneurial path.
We’re excited to have strong female business owners join the ranks of #StartupCincy founders. Below is a complete list and brief overview of all the companies.
Four years ago, while researching the growing worldwide trend of vintage camper repurposing, nature and design collided for Debbie. At the same time, she discovered a lack of affordable rental campers in the Greater Cincinnati region – a region filled with vast numbers of outdoor and camping opportunities. That’s when Route Fifty Campers – Vintage Camper Rentals was born. Route Fifty Campers offers unique accommodations that are affordable and inspired. Now anyone, from Gen Xers to Millennials, can enhance their outdoor experience in a cool, vintage camper.
The skube (think updated, fashionable tube skirt) is a uniquely fun and stylish active/casual wear skirt for the woman on the go, allowing her to look good, do good and feel good as she transitions through her day. Skube.me is dedicated to fashion which allows for personal expression. Initially intended as a pre-post active wear, her customers quickly demonstrated the skube is successful in many settings. The long term mission of skube.me is to partner with select charitable organizations which helps young girls become strong women.
Kimberly Turnbow has been a licensed cosmetologist for over 20 years, with elite services sought after by celebrities, as well as fellow stylists. Her mission for Hair Gem Elite Salon is to build onto her like-minded team to excel in providing their clients’ hair with ultimate preservation and restoration.
A designer, daughter, aunt, and fiancée, and most importantly, a positive thinker. Wish Pretty is an accessory line, specialized in large totes, clutches, and make up bags. The brand evolved from her desire to design beautiful products that provide functional designs and inspire the human spirit. She gives her customers a chance to customize their bags in a variety of ways. Wish Pretty is currently an Etsy retailer with plans to reach other markets.
Sara has always been passionate about the importance of giving back, and when she met her husband who has been in recovery for 10 years, her dreams and vision began to form. SRO Prints is a Cincinnati based, custom screen printing and promotional products distributor. SRO Prints is one of the only organizations in the country providing higher paying professional jobs to at risk adults, including ex-offenders, and recovering drug addicts. We offer our employees comprehensive support services in a cooperative work environment.
LL Spirits is an attractive, welcoming oasis in the middle of Findlay Market which offers refreshing beverages to thirsty shoppers at its historic location. She makes drink mixers with fresh fruit and combines them with popular liquor for a winning combination of adventure and fun! On many a hot summer day, Lynn is offering a lifeline to a fading visitors of Findlay Market. Unlike the lifeline she offers for real in her 27 year day job of firefighter/paramedic, this is more of an offer of whimsy, an excuse to take a minute, have a seat, have a chat and relax!
I first started Wedding Bags on a whim, wanting to try my hand at screen printing. That first project has blossomed into something so much greater than I ever could have imagined. My favorite part of my job is working with each bride on an individual level, to create something so uniquely them, that they can give to their bridesmaids, family and friends. I feel like I get know each bride that I work with and I love getting to play a part in their big day. Wedding Bags are such a fun addition to any event that you are hosting, whether it’s a wedding, bridal shower, or bachelorette party!
Grainwell is a wood-centric home decor company with hand crafted and laser cut goods designed and crafted by three sisters in Covington, Kentucky. The trio sells their items online at www.grainwell.com and at their own boutique in Covington.