2019 Best Tech Startups in Lexington (Kentucky)

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Lexington, Kentucky. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Fooji


Founded: 2015

Also honored in:

“Fooji is an experiential technology company that uses on-demand delivery services to power experiential marketing campaigns that acquire and engage fans for big brands.

By bringing together social and chat networks with on-demand delivery services, Fooji allows big brands to start a fan interaction online and finish it offline with an instant physical delivery. This results in a meaningful interaction with the fan and great earned and organic media for the brand.

The Fooji Fan Experience Platform is used by some of the world’s most beloved brands: ABC, Adidas, Amazon Studios, Budweiser, Disney, FOX, GSK, Paramount Pictures, Patron, Pepsi, Sony Pictures, Toyota, Turner Broadcasting, Verizon, and Warner Bros.”

2. Xooker


Founded: 2017

Also honored in:

“Founded in 2013, Xooker (pronounced “Zooker”), is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. The Xooker app launched Oct. 1, 2015, as a next-generation merchant and consumer engagement platform that is mobile, location-aware, personalized and fun. Xooker overlays analytics with a powerful combination of engagement tools that includes messaging, deals, coupons, automatic check-in, games and rewards. This unique mobile-first consumer engagement platform enables local and national merchants to both get new clients, and keep them as profitable repeat customers. The platform includes a suite of games that can be branded so even local, independent merchants can keep consumers engaged in a fun way.”

3. Hippo Manager Software

Hippo Manager Software

Founded: 2012

“An affordable veterinary practice management software that’s easy to use. No more servers, no more complicated setups, and no more expensive software licensing. Access your information from anywhere using any device that has internet access.

Hippo Manager covers all functions required to operate your veterinary practice: medical records, point of sale, billing, appointment scheduling, prescriptions, referrals, image\document storage and reporting. No confusion, no multiple relationships to manage.”

4. BlueFrame Technology

BlueFrame Technology

Founded: 2015

“BlueFrame Technology is a digital video software and services company, helping athletic organizations simply and cost-effectively create, manage, and distribute their content. BlueFrame provides easy-to-use and professional-grade Production Truck software, the vCloud content management and delivery system, advertising and paywall monetization, an embeddable BluePlayer HTML5 player for browsers, and market-leading BluePlayer mobile and OTT apps.

BlueFrame powers streaming for NJCAA TV, the Southland Digital Network, the GLVC Sports Network, the ECC Network, IHSAA TV, and The MIAA Network.”

5. Space Tango

space tango

Founded: 2014

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Lexington

“Space Tango Inc. utilizes the unique environment of space to discover, design and commercialize solutions for applications on Earth. In late 2015 the company’s first platform, TangoLab-1, will be installed on ISS that allows over 20 separate CubeLab experiment to be run independently and networked to the ground where customers will be able to monitor their experiments in near real time. Based in Lexington Ky Space Tango also serves as the commercialization arm of Kentucky Space.”