2021 Best Tech Startups in Kentucky

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in 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. Gravity Diagnostics

Gravity Diagnostics

Founded: 2016

“We are an advocate for physicians and patients, supporting them with unsurpassed integrity, regulatory compliance, and clinical expertise. Our pledge to deliver the highest professional operating standards in the laboratory service industry coupled with ongoing research and support exemplifies our commitment to being provider engaged and patient focused.”

2. Enlighten


Founded: 2016

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“Enlighten is an enterprise technology solution managed by a team with a collective 20 years of experience serving Fortune 500 companies, first-class retailers and top-end brands all over the world. Enlighten brings cutting edge retail technology to the cannabis industry. With an education forward approach, Enlighten helps its partners grow their brand and build relationships with their customers through a variety of solutions. Its technology solutions are intended to increase revenue and awareness and keep customers engaged. As an aggregation of several notable companies from both inside and outside of cannabis, Enlighten is one of the most well-funded, wide reaching and longest tenured companies in cannabis.”

3. SentryHealth


Founded: 2011

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“SentryHealth drives better health and wellness nationwide through personalized, full-service well-being management. Our holistic approach to well-being ensures that employees experience better health literacy, sustained behavior change, and clinical, emotional, and financial success. Employers experience greater ROI and VOI, better employee satisfaction, improved recruitment and retention, and better productivity.”

4. Capture Higher Ed

Capture Higher Ed

Founded: 2011

Also honored in: 2021 Best Tech Startups in Louisville

“Capture solves one of the most important enrollment challenges today — making genuine, lasting connections between prospective students and higher education institutions. The need to create personalized and relevant engagement in a virtual world has never been more immediate. Capture believes every interaction needs to be relevant, personalized, data-driven and measured.

That’s why our enrollment and data experts use the Behavioral Intelligence Platform — with products and solutions that integrate into campus systems, helping institutions achieve their enrollment goals.”

5. BehaVR, LLC


Founded: 2016

Also honored in: 2020 Best Tech Startups in Elizabethtown

“BehaVR, LLC utilizes the neurological and psychological power of virtual reality to create experiences for behavioral health that span both general wellness products and digital therapeutics. Our extended reality experiences currently include programs for chronic pain management, addiction recovery augmentation and stress management.”

6. SkuVault


Founded: 2011

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“SkuVault inventory and warehouse management system is a cloud-based software designed for small-medium and enterprise companies looking to scale and compete in the eCommerce and omni-channel markets.

SkuVault deals with your actual, physical inventory. We scan it into and out of your warehouse or store, and use this real-time data to sync with your online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, or Walmart. Real-time quantity syncs prevent out of stocks, barcoding and quality control reduce picking and shipping errors, and our smart re-order reports ensure that your purchasing decisions are backed by hard data.”

7. EdjAnalytics

edj analytics

Founded: 2013

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“EdjAnalytics provides “edge” to companies and people in competitive markets. We do this by solving very complex problems in unique and creative ways that allow us to look at each question as if it is a game to be won or lost. Each game is structured so that the outcome is optimized for the users’ unique requirements. This approach has been helpful to clients as diverse as professional football teams, commodity traders and corporate executives. We believe that this method can be used for scores of other applications, and we’re in the process of building our business to meet those needs.”

8. Fooji


Founded: 2015

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“Fooji helps the world’s most beloved brands acquire and engage fans through award-winning giveaways, sweepstakes, and promotions.

The Fooji platform is used by top brands, including: ABC, Adidas, Amazon Studios, Budweiser, Disney, FOX, GSK, MINI, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, Patron, Pepsi, Sony Pictures, Toyota, Turner Broadcasting, Verizon, Warner Bros, and YouTube.

Fooji has 3 global offices: Lexington, KY (HQ), Los Angeles, CA, and Lisbon, Portugal.”

9. GoWild


Founded: 2017

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“GoWild is the fastest growing and most sophisticated platform for hunting, fishing and the outdoors. We provide users with an app customized to fit their lifestyle, and brands a place to find their exact target audience.

GoWild is on a mission is to craft and curate a community where outdoorsmen and women can engage, interact and learn. With a supportive space for hunters and anglers, GoWild is creating a platform to increase the number of people enjoying the outdoors, which has a direct impact on conservation.”

10. Smart Farm Systems

Smart Farm Systems

Founded: 2013

Also honored in: 2019 Best Tech Startups in Kentucky

“Smart Farm provides farmers valuable, real-time, actionable information regarding the status of equipment and crops. In doing so, we help the global agriculture community conserve water, energy and fertilizer, reduce labor and maintenance costs, and increase crop yields.

Smart Farm’s robust, large area 900 MHz wireless network and it’s intuitive, analytics-based user interface allow farmers to remotely monitor and analyze soil conditions. In parallel, farmers can monitor and control field-based equipment, such as irrigation pumps and grain silos. Our network does not rely on external satellite or cellular service and it can be readily deployed anywhere in the world.”