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SmartStart ropes in 25 new start-ups for the city

Another 25 start-ups have signed up for space in TechTown so far this year in what the business incubator hopes will become a trend.

These businesses came into TechTown through its SmartStart program. The programís staff coaches start-ups so they can reach certain milestones and maximize profitability. They are also eligible for small business loans offered through the program.

The companies that joined TechTown through SmartStart focus on emerging industries, such as alternative energy, life sciences, social media and film. TechTown hopes to attract an average of 25 companies every six months.

"We look for companies that are doing something unique and innovative in their industry," says Ebony Johnson, SmartStart Support Leader for TechTown.

She adds that SmartStart may be branching out in the near future. There could be a SmartLogistics program for logistics companies and SmartServices for professional service firms, such as accounting or legal services.

Source: Ebony Johnson, SmartStart Support Leader for TechTown
Writer: Jon Zemke
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