7 local startups your biz should keep an eye on

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If top local investors and a guy who sold his tech company to Googleare taking the time to mentor a few local startups, those companies must be onto something, right?

That’s the idea behind a new Orlando tech accelerator called VentureScaleUp — to identify local entrepreneurs who have the best chance to be the next big thing and improve their chance of scalability by having them mentored by other successful entrepreneurs in the area.

VentureScaleUp, which was created by the leaders of the Catalyst co-working space in downtown Orlando, wrapped up its first program on Oct. 6 — completing an intense six-week process where seven local startups met with nine mentors almost daily to discuss how their business ticks, how it can improve, the next level of growth and how to get there.