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Awesome Inc. has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to support early stage startup companies in Central Kentucky.

The funding was awarded to the Awesome Fellowship program, which is run by Lexington-based Awesome Inc., to provide support to early stage ventures that focus primarily on Web and mobile software, software-as-a-service and data solutions. Services offered to these developing companies include work space, access to experienced mentors, programming, design and accountability sessions.

This is the second year of the program. In its first year, the Awesome Fellowship helped grow six companies, which created 12 jobs, and the startups raised more than $380,000 in outside investment. Companies in the first year of the program were Blink Scan, SWORD, Pawn Metrics, You Saw Me, Custom College Recruiting and Control My ADHD.

The Fellowship is taking applications for year two of the program at Fellowship.awesomeinc.org.

For more information on Awesome Inc., go to Awesomeinc.org and follow them on Twitter @awesome_inc and Facebook at Facebook.com/awesomeincorporated.

■ The Lexington Venture Club recently recognized recipients of the Lexington eAchievers award for excellence in entrepreneurship. Twenty startup companies in the region were honored with the eAchiever award for receiving at least $1 million in funding and/or creating five new full-time jobs in fiscal year 2014.

The companies that received the eAchiever award were: A Look at Media Ventures, Allylix, AntiOp, Bluegrass Vascular Technologies, Care Team Solutions, Coldstream Laboratories, Directed Energy, Float Money, Invenio Therapeutics, Mercury Data Systems, MosquitoMate, nGimat, Paratechs, PDx Biotech, Science Tomorrow, Seikowave, SIS, Summit Biosciences, Twin Star TDS and Volar Video.

For more information about the Lexington Venture Club, go to Lexingtonventureclub.com.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo

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