Main Street Ventures announces new round of grants

July 7, 2021

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Main Street Ventures is doling out more than $100,000 in grants to one of its “most unique” group of recipients yet, officials announced this week.

The Over-the-Rhine staple announced Tuesday the seven companies that took home its signature Launch and Leap grants for the second quarter.

Combined, the companies received $105,000, according to a release. Recipients include:

  • Blau Collections (Launch Grant): Blau is a woman’s ready-to-wear collection created for modern women seeking timeless pieces made with integrity.
  • Get Together AI (Launch Grant): Get Together AI is an automated text messaging software that instantly identifies the best time for everyone on a group text message chain to get together.
  • Jamaa Health (Launch Grant): Jamaa Health is an online platform where patients can locate Black physicians and health care providers by location, specialty, and insurance
  • Just Q’in BBQ (Leap Grant): Located in Walnut Hills, Just Q’in is an authentic Texas style BBQ restaurant, food truck and catering service.
  • Queen City Certified (Leap Grant): Queen City Certified is a data-informed employer certification and cohort-based leadership program for intersectional workplace equity
  • Rüya (Leap Grant): Rüya is changing the narrative of immigrants in America through Turkish Coffee and immersive experiences.
  • Soul Secrets (Leap Grant): Soul Secrets is a soul food family restaurant that serves original Southern recipes dating back to 1864 – reminiscent of their grandmother’s kitchen.

Launch grants support companies still designing their product but have evidence of consumer engagement to validate their business model and range from $5,000 to $10,000. Leap grants, meanwhile, support businesses making revenue to help scale their community impact and increase the odds of survival and range from $10,000 to $30,000.

Main Street Ventures did not disclose the exact amount each company received.

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